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

  • Pre-winter clinic Dec. 5 Pre-winter clinic to be held at the Reggie Lewis Center on WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018, following a membership meeting which starts at 7:00pm.      - Pat Ronan will discuss “All ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2018, 12:49 PM by Paul Williams
  • Don Kirkland II passes (update with obituary) Long-time MTFOA official and officer Donald Kirkland II has passed away.  Don served as secretary-treasurer of MTFOA for many years. He was assistant secretary-treasurer at the time ...
    Posted Oct 16, 2018, 6:38 PM by Paul Williams
  • 80th anniversary banquet to be June 13 The 2018-2019 season celebrates the 80th anniversary of MTFOA. To mark the occasion, the annual banquet will be Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2018, 8:48 AM by Paul Williams
  • McDermott named to MIAA post Keith McDermott, recently retired Director of the Reggie Lewis Center at Roxbury Community College, has joined the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) as a part-time Assistant Executive Director. Keith ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2018, 8:35 AM by Paul Williams
  • NCAA adopts rules changes The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel has approved several rules changes, including an expansion of sprint relay exchange zone, new uniform rule and field event time limits. These and others ...
    Posted Aug 22, 2018, 9:05 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
    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 ...
    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 2018-2019

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 2015, 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. Note: Registration/renewal deadline for cross country season is July 31.

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: In the high jump, A1 hits the crossbar and it bounces on the supports, but does not fall off them until after A1 has landed and stepped out of the landing pit. Is the jump good or is it a miss? 
Ruling here next week.