Weather update: D3, D4 Relays now Saturday doubleheader

With the poor weather anticipated for Sunday, MSTCA has decided to make TWO CHANGES. (see note below)

1. Start time for Division 3 on Saturday for both Track AND Field is 9:30am. MSTCA anticipates Division 3 will finish at approximately 1:30pm to allow for transition of divisions and set up.

2. Move Division 4 meet from Sunday to Saturday at 3:00pm, both running and field. 

With any change of date, some officials assigned will no longer be available. Mike Meagher is asking

1. Any officials who ARE assigned to either meet please contact him to let him know, one way or another via TEXT or email, if you are available to work.

2. Any officials who are NOT assigned and are interested in working on Saturday please contact him via TEXT or email.

Mike can be reached at or 978-457-3153.

If weather changes, updates/changes will be posted.

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

  • Long-time official, coach Dudley O'Leary passes (updated arrangements) Dudley O’Leary, a past president of MTFOA and long-time coach in Weymouth, has passed.As a valued official for many years, Mr. O’Leary would go anywhere and ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2019, 3:28 AM by Paul Williams
  • Spring openings in TVL Fellow officials, I have many openings for the Spring track season in the Tri Valley League (TVL) that I'm looking to fill. Meets are on Tuesdays, usually starting at ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2019, 9:13 AM by Paul Williams
  • Reminder of MTFOA-MSTCA agreement Reminder of our agreement with the MSTCA  concerning officiating services for INDOOR TRACK MEETS 2017-2020. MSTCA will hire 20 MTFOA assigned Officials per meet. Assigned roles and duties determine ...
    Posted Dec 11, 2018, 2:06 PM by Paul Williams
  • MVC gets new assigner; needs officials Dave Johns is the new assigner of officials for the Merrimack Valley Conference.  If you are available and want to work, the dates are as follows:Wednesday 12/19/18 ...
    Posted Dec 11, 2018, 2:04 PM by Paul Williams
  • 80th anniversary banquet announced The 2018 - 2019 MTFOA 80th anniversary banquet will be held at the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 530pm - 10pm. The Bolling Building address is 2300 ...
    Posted Dec 7, 2018, 9:22 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:  Because of inclement weather, the games committee decides to move some events, including the high jump, indoors, a considerable distance from the track. The event judges were authorized to allow successive trials, change flights, etc, to accommodate competitors and not delay competition because an athlete was at the track in another event. When A1, who was at the track competing in an event reported to the high jump, the bar had already been raised from the opening height to the next in the progression. A1 requested that the bar be lowered to the opening and was accommodated by the event judge. A1 went on to clear that height and two more. At the conclusion of the event, but prior to the results being approved, the coach of Team B protested the lowering of the bar. What result should ensue? Respond for both NFHS and NCAA rules. 
Ruling here next week.