Mass. Track & Field Officials Association - Competing with the best 

Everything about MFTOA, right under your cursor. We provide top quality officiating for the sports of track and field, cross country and road racing. We work closely with colleges and high schools, as well as USA Track & Field New England, to organize, judge and score meets and races. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18.

MTFOA updates

  • From the president's desk From the president's deskFolks,I'm passing on a letter from the coach Dave Tousignant from Matignon. He has some very positive words about the officiating of Dennis ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2019, 7:32 AM by Paul Williams
  • Notes from the president's desk Greetings MTFOA and Happy Fall.Let me just say first, thanks to Peter Meagher my predecessor for all his hard work over the last four years plus, for his work ...
    Posted Oct 14, 2019, 7:50 AM by Paul Williams
  • Information sessions about New Balance track planned Informational open houses about The Track at New Balance track will be held in Worcester and Brighton. The Track at New Balance will be a multi-sport, multi-level, state ...
    Posted Oct 13, 2019, 1:31 PM by Paul Williams
  • Annual meeting at Reggie Oct. 3 Just a reminder to save the date of Thursday, Oct. 3, for the general membership meeting at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at 7:00PM. Section 3.3A ...
    Posted Sep 16, 2019, 9:16 AM by Paul Williams
  • Cross country availability listed Here is a list of Cross Country dates for the fall of 2019. Please contact to Mike Meagher if you would want to be considered. Please specify "Yes" or "No ...
    Posted Sep 16, 2019, 9:17 AM by Paul Williams
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Rules, changes & interpretations

  • Following are updates about new rules, changes and interpretations and case studies of rules organized by high school, NCAA, USATF and IAAF. For the current rulebook for each level, please see the Rules, changes & interpretations.
  • NCAA released rules changes, rationales NCAA has released Rules Changes for the coming year. They are posted below or can be access at http://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/2016DIMTF_Rules_Changes_20160727.pdf
    Posted Sep 5, 2016, 8:38 AM by Paul Williams
  • 2017 track and field rules changes and rationales released by NFHS   NFHS has released the 2017 track and field rules changes and rationales. The NFHS 2017 Rule changes are also available at http://nfhs.org/media/1017125/2017-major-rules-changes ...
    Posted Aug 11, 2016, 9:11 AM by Paul Williams
  • Track & field/cross country rules changes include assisting injured competitor Effective with the 2017 high school track and field season, a participant who assists an injured/ill competitor shall not be disqualified if an appropriate health-care professional is not ...
    Posted Jul 15, 2016, 6:02 AM by Paul Williams
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Updates on concussions

  • While concussions and suspected head injuries occur only occasionally in track and field, they do happen. Although MIAA rules do not specifically indicate a role for officials, they should continue the best practice of ensuring that the event is stopped if an athlete is suspected of suffering a head injury and should facilitate the call for and access for medical personnel. For more information, updates on rules and resources, please see Concussions.

MIAA background checks

MIAA background checks required for 2019-2020

The MIAA requires background checks for all officials working high school meets in Mass.  Please follow the directions here.  There are deadlines for each season so please read the instructions carefully.

Members who are returning must register and do the background check (the background check is valid for 3 years).  These are members who did the background check in 2016, and they are due to renew their checks this year.  Also, all new members must register and do the background check.  The cost is $10 to register and $35 for the background check. 

Registration opens on July 1 and it is a one-time registration and background check for the three seasons.
            Cross Country deadline:  July 31, 2019
            Winter Track  deadline:  Oct. 1, 2019
            Spring Track deadline:   Jan. 1, 2020

The background check only has to be done every three years.  But each official must use Arbiter Sports to register with the MIAA each year. To check your background check status, log in to your Arbiter account and click on the Eligibility tab to see your status.
            
For now, plan on:
                        Year 1:  Background check and MIAA registration = $45.00
                        Year 2:  MIAA registration = $10.00
                        Year 3:  MIAA registration = $10.00
If you have any questions, please email Peter Meagher at pmeag21103@aol.com.
 

Off to the races


What's the rule?

So you think you know the rules? Test yourself, thanks to the Professional Development Committee and official Mark Young.
The format is simple. Each week, a new situation is presented below and you can determine if the rule has been correctly applied. The ruling is published the following week. When you consider the situations, think about both college and high school rules.

Situation: A1's discus throw lands squarely on the sector line and the official in the field measures it. The coach of Team B protests that the throw should not have been measured. Result? Again, refer to both NFHS and NCAA Rules.

Ruling here next week.