MASSACHUSETTS TRACK & FIELD OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION
Revised October 2014,
Revised October 4, 2018
Revised October 7, 2021
ARTICLE 1: NAME
1.1 The name of the organization shall be the Massachusetts Track & Field Officials Association (MTFOA).
ARTICLE 2: PURPOSE
2.1 The purpose of MTFOA is to provide personnel to officiate in all phases of Track & Field Athletics.
2.2 Track & Field Athletics shall include track & field meets, road races and cross-country meets.
ARTICLE 3: MEMBERSHIP
3.1 Membership is open to all persons who are interested in officiating in Track & Field Athletics and who have reached the age of eighteen (18).
3.2 A candidate for membership must complete an application, submit it to the Commissioner of Officials - or her/his designee - and pass an entrance examination.
3.3 Requirements for maintaining membership are set forth in these By-Laws and Regulations.
3.4 All members are expected to work for the good of MTFOA.
3.5 If a complaint is lodged against a member for conduct unbecoming an official, the Executive Board shall
adjudicate said complaint according to procedures as set forth below in Article 7.
ARTICLE 4: OFFICERS
4.1 The Officers of the MTFOA shall consist of a President, Vice President and a Secretary-Treasurer.
4.2 The Officers shall be elected for a term of two years. Such election shall occur at the Spring meeting and
the term of office shall commence at the Annual Meeting in October.
4.3 The duties of the officers are as follows:
4.3.A The President shall preside at all meetings of the MTFOA Executive Board and General
Membership and shall be responsible for such other duties as the Executive Board from time to time
determines to the extent authorized by law or these By-Laws or Regulations, as promulgated.
4.3.B The Vice President shall preside at any meeting listed in 4.3.A above if the President is absent or
otherwise unable to preside and shall perform such other duties as the Executive Board or President
from time to time determines to the extent authorized by law or these By-Laws or Regulations, as
4.3.C. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be responsible for such duties as determined by the Executive Board
to the extent authorized by law as well as these By-Laws and Regulations, as promulgated. Any
duties or powers of the Secretary-Treasurer may be delegated to an Assistant Treasurer who shall
have such other powers and duties as the Executive Board or Secretary-Treasurer from time to time
determines to the extent authorized by law or these By-Laws or Regulations, as promulgated.
4.3.D The Officers shall perform such other duties as the Executive Board from time to time determines to
the extent authorized by law or these By-Laws or Regulations, as promulgated.
4.4 The officers shall each serve a term of up to two years unless appointed to fill a vacancy pursuant to the provisions of these bylaws. The President and Vice-President may not succeed themselves.
ARTICLE 5: EXECUTIVE BOARD
5.1 There shall be an Executive Board that shall have general charge of the affairs of the Association with the exception of those questions reserved for the general membership.
5.2 The Executive Board shall consist of the President, Vice President,Secretary-Treasurer, immediate
Past President, six At-Large Members and two Area Members, one of whom resides North of
Route I-90 and one of whom resides South of Route I-90.
5.3 The Officers of the MTFOA shall serve on the Executive Board for the term coinciding with their terms of office. The immediate past President shall serve for one year.
5.4 At-Large and area members of said Executive Board shall be elected at the Spring meeting from among the membership for a term of up to two years, with four members elected each year one of which shall be an area member.
5.5 No member may be elected to the Board unless a member of the Association for at least three years at the commencement of the term of office.
5.5 No elected member who has served four consecutive years in such office shall be eligible for immediate
re-election as a member of the Executive Board except by virtue of his or her election as an officer.
5.6 The term of office of the Executive Board shall begin with the fiscal year of MTFOA commencing with
the first meeting in October.
5.7 The Executive Board shall:
5.8.A Select officers of the MTFOA to fill unexpired terms where vacancies occur;
5.8.B Conduct such business of the MTFOA between meetings not otherwise provided for in these By-Laws and Regulations;
5.8.C Conduct a bi-annual review of these By-Laws and Regulations, as adopted.
5.8.D Audit the Treasurer’s records annually and report at the October meeting;
5.8.E Have the authority to impose sanctions as set forth in Article 7 below;
5.8.F Appoint a Recording Secretary who shall be responsible for recording actions taken at each Executive Board and General Membership meeting and for causing said minutes to be published following adoption in a timely manner on the MTFOA website;
5.8.G Appoint an Assistant Treasurer with duties and responsibilities as contained in Article 4.3.C above;
5.8.H Appoint a webmaster for the MTFOA website with duties as contained in these By-Laws and
Regulations, as adopted; and
5.8.I Appoint an apparel manager with duties as contained in these By-Laws and Regulations, as adopted.
ARTICLE 6: COMMITTEES
6.1 The following standing committees are hereby established under these By-Laws with such powers and duties as
set forth in Regulations to be hereinafter established and revised from time to time in accordance with
procedures set forth herein:
(i) Nominating Committee
(ii) Negotiation Committee
(iii) Dinner Committee
(iv) Recruitment Committee
(v) Communications Committee
(vi) Professional Development Committee
6.2 The President with the approval of the Executive Board, or the Executive Board acting on its own, may establish
and empower such other or further standing or special Committees it shall see fit in order to carry out the
functions or address issues involved in the operation of the Association.
6.3 Membership on all such committees, shall be set by the President with the approval of the Executive Board for a term not to exceed two years, but in no instance for a period in excess of the term of the President in, office except for members of the Negotiating Committee who shall serve terms as set forth in Section 6.2.B of the Regulations.
6.4 Vacancies on any committee having a defined or limited membership shall be filled by the President with the
approval of the Executive Board.
ARTICLE 7: ADJUDICATION OF COMPLAINTS
7.1 Anyone may lodge a complaint for adjudication in writing to the Executive Board concerning any conduct
unbecoming of an official who is a member of the Association including, but not limited to, application when
appropriate of the Rules of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), the National
Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) or
other recognized Rules when applicable at a particular meet (hereinafter referred to as the Applicable Rules).
7.2 Any member may lodge a complaint for adjudication in writing to the Executive Board concerning any conduct
or decision unbecoming a Meet Director or Race Organizer, whether or not said party is a member of the
7.3 The President of the Association shall appoint a subcommittee of not less than three nor more than seven
members of the Executive Board who shall hear and determine any such complaint pursuant to Regulations
adopted by the Executive Board. Such regulations and all proceedings hereunder shall provide for due process
for any party against whom a complaint is brought, prior to any determination by the Executive Board.
7.4 Sanctions that may be imposed under this section against any member shall include formal or informal
reprimand, suspension of membership with or without conditions for reinstatement, or termination of
membership. Sanctions that may be imposed against a Race Organizer or Meet Director may include restricting
services of MTFOA members to said Meet Director/Race Organizer and/or the organization represented.
7.5 Any such complaint must be filed within sixty (60) days of the date on which said conduct occurred which forms
the basis of the complaint filed under this Article.
ARTICLE 8: FINANCES
8.1 The dues of each member shall be fixed annually as recommended by the Executive Board and approved by the membership.
8.2 Dues are payable on a date (Due Date) to be determined by the Executive Board with sufficient notice to the membership.
8.3 Failure to pay dues in a timely manner as outlined in the Regulations will result in penalties being assessed, which may include termination of the member from the Association.
8.4 Appeal for reinstatement shall be made through the Executive Board.
ARTICLE 9: VOTING
9.1 A quorum shall consist of at least thirty (30) members in good standing at a general membership meeting.
9.2 To be in good standing, a member must have paid his/her dues as required in Article 8 above and meet other requirements as set forth in these bylaws and the Regulations.
9.3 Only members who are in good standing shall be permitted to vote.
9.4 All motions and elections shall require a majority of those present and voting.
9.5 There shall be no voting permitted by proxy.
ARTICLE 10: MEETINGS
10.1 There shall be Annual Meeting of the Association which shall be held in October on a date and location as determined by the Executive Board.
10.2 Other meetings of the Association should be scheduled on dates and at locations as determined by the Executive Board with sufficient notice to members as outlined in the Regulations. One such meeting should be scheduled in the Spring at which time elections should be held.
10.3 The President may call a special meeting at his/her discretion and, in addition, shall call a meeting upon
request of at least ten (10) members in good standing.
10.4 All members shall be notified at least ten (10) days in advance of all meetings, unless otherwise provided for in these By-Laws or Regulations.
10.5 In those instances where the By-Laws and Regulations do not provide, Robert’s Rules of Order shall apply.
ARTICLE 11: COMMISSIONER OF OFFICIALS
11.1 There shall be a Commissioner of Officials who shall be nominated by the President and approved by the
Executive Board at its first meeting following the annual meeting.
11.2 Any member in good standing is eligible for the Commissioner’s position, which shall be for a term of three
years. Said Commissioner’s term may be renewed with the approval of the Executive Board.
11.3 Should the position become vacated during the term, the President may name a temporary replacement at
his/her discretion immediately and a permanent replacement shall be selected in the same manner as contained
in Article 11.1 above to fulfill the unexpired term at the next scheduled meeting of the Executive Board.
11.4 The Commissioner of Officials shall be paid at the rate recommended by the Executive Board.
11.5 The Commissioner of Officials shall have such duties and responsibilities as are set forth in the Regulations or
as are assigned by the Executive Board and shall be a member of the Executive Board with voice, but no vote.
ARTICLE 12: OFFICIALS APPAREL
12.1 The Executive Board shall determine the design and nature of official MTFOA apparel and may in its
discretion revise the design and nature of official MTFOA apparel, including the addition of new items of
apparel. No apparel of any design or nature once adopted by the Executive Board may be considered improper
for use at any Track or Cross-Country Meet or sanctioned Road Race, absent notice of same to the membership
and vote specifically disallowing such item or design, or if designated by the Games Committee for that
specific meet or race. The Meet Director, Race Director and/or Games Committee of any specific event may
designate alternate apparel for that event, and shall supply at no charge any apparel different from that
previously approved by the Executive Board.
12.2 MTFOA apparel shall be used only pursuant to Regulations and with restrictions as determined from time to
time by the Executive Board.
12.3 Any official MTFOA apparel is for the exclusive use of current members in good standing. These articles of
apparel are not to be worn by, purchased by, or transferred to any other individuals except current members of
12.4 An Apparel Manager shall be appointed by the Executive Board to oversee purchasing and selling of MTFOA
apparel; and to supervise the inventory of equipment used by MTFOA in assigned meets. The Apparel Manager shall be appointed annually and will receive a stipend as recommended by the Executive Board and approved by the Membership.
ARTICLE 13: AMENDMENTS
13.1 Proposed amendments to these By-Laws that are approved by the Executive Board shall be sent to all members
at least thirty (30) days in advance of the meeting at which they are to be considered.
13.2 Said amendments that have been circulated under Article 13.1 above shall be voted upon at the meeting referred to in said notice.
13.3 Amendments to be enacted require an affirmative vote of two-thirds of members present and eligible to vote.
13.4 The Executive Board, by majority approval of those members in good standing present, shall have the power
to declare a portion of the next membership meeting as a special session for By-Law review.
13.5 All members must be sent notification at least thirty (30) days in advance of the date that a special session for By-Law review is on the agenda.
13.6 During a special session for said By-Law review, any amendment to these By-Laws may be considered.
ARTICLE 14: REGULATIONS
14.1 Regulations shall include those key directives of the Executive Board that deal with the governance of the
Association and established by said Board. Such Regulations shall be adopted or amended by the Executive
Board acting upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the said Board present at a duly constituted meeting.
14.2 Proposals for new Regulations or amendments to the existing Regulations shall be distributed to the Executive
Board along with a notice of the meeting at which they will be considered.
14.3 Proposed amendments may be submitted in writing to the President by any member. The President shall
inform the submitter in writing as to the disposition of his/her proposal.
14.4 Regulations shall be published on the MTFOA website and available to members of the Association upon
ARTICLE 15: NOTICE
15.1 Where action is required to be given under these By-Laws, the form of said notice is considered valid
and proper if sent by or at the direction of the Executive Board:
15.1.A By electronic mail (e-mail) to the last known e-mail address on file with the Secretary-Treasurer;
15.1.B By first class mail, postage prepaid to the last known address on file with the Secretary-Treasurer;
15.1.C By posting said notice on the MTFOA website.
ARTICLE 16: SAVING CLAUSE
16.1 Failure of literal or complete compliance with the provisions of these By-Laws in respect to dates and times of
notice, or the sending or receipt of same or errors in phraseology of notice of proposals that in the judgment of
the members at meetings held do not cause substantial injury of the rights of members, shall not invalidate the
actions or proceedings of the members at any meeting.
ARTICLE 17: DISSOLUTION
17.1 Upon dissolution of the organization that shall be by a vote of two-thirds of the members attending a duly
called meeting and acting on the recommendation of the Executive Board, if there is no clear successor
organization, any funds remaining after payment of all obligations shall be dedicated to another purpose - to be
determined by vote of the membership - that supports the sport of Track and Field in Massachusetts. The
determination of any remaining funds shall be by vote of the Executive Board made no sooner than six months
after the vote of dissolution.
[End of Bylaws]
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 14 of the By-Laws, the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Track and Field Officials Association, does hereby adopt the following regulations: l
REGULATION 1: RESERVED
REGULATION 2: RESERVED
REGULATION 3: RESERVED
REGULATION 4: RESERVED
REGULATION 5: RESERVED
REGULATION 6: COMMITTEES
6.1 NOMINATING COMMITTEE
6.1.A There shall be a Nominating Committee consisting of five members, who should be selected at the March meeting.
6.1.B The Nominating Committee shall meet for the purpose of Selecting a Chairperson
6.1.C The Chairperson shall call a meeting of said Committee prior to the date of the May meeting for the purpose of selecting a slate of officers.
6.1.D Said Committee shall nominate any Officers, At-Large Members and/or Area Members whose term will begin at the annual meeting in October of the year of Nomination.
6.1.E Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the annual meeting.
6.2 NEGOTIATING COMMITTEE
6.2.A There shall be a Negotiating Committee consisting of three members.
6.2.B The members of the said Committee shall serve three year terms. There is no limit on the number of terms that a member may serve.
6.2.C The members of said Committee shall select a chairperson from within the said Committee each year
6.2C.1 The Chairperson of said Committee shall receive a stipend as recommended by the Executive Board and approved by the membership.
6.2.D The Duties of the Negotiating Committee are as follows:
6.2.D.1 Negotiate fees and working conditions for all events approved/negotiated by MTFOA.
6.2.D.2 Monitor selection of Officials for approved events as scheduled by the Commissioner or as requested by the event directors.
6.2.D.3 Serve as moderator in receiving criticism or inquiries from Officials and Event Directors regarding approved events.
6.2.D.4 Notify the Executive Board of any problems concerning negotiations.
6.2.D.5 Present an annual report, delivered by the Chairperson, at the annual meeting of MTFOA.
6.3 DINNER COMMITTEE
6.3.A There shall be a Dinner Committee consisting of an indefinite number of members . The Vice President shall serve as the Chairperson of said Committee.
6.3.B The Committee is hereby charged with the full responsibility for planning the Annual Dinner of the Association including but not limited to the selection of a date and site as well as determining the price of tickets along with any program and any other activities involved with such dinner.
6.4 RECRUITMENT COMMITTEE
6.4 There shall be a recruitment committee consisting of the President as well as the North and South Areas members or other Executive Board members as appointed by the President along with interested member in good standing. Said Committee shall develop strategies to recruit new members for the MTFOA and shall develop policies and procedures that shall be subject to approval by the Executive Board.
6.5 COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
6.5 There shall be a Communications Committee consisting of the Vice President and two other Executive Board members as appointed by the President along with interested members in good standing. Said Committee shall develop strategies for providing information to MTFOA members and other interested parties, and shall develop policies and procedures that shall be subject to approval by the Executive Board.
6.6. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
6.6 There shall be a Professional Development Committee consisting of the Vice President and two other Executive Board members as appointed by the President along with interested members in good standing. Said Committee shall develop strategies for promoting professionalism and develop training programs to be held in various locations, as well as shall develop policies and procedures that shall be subject to approval by the Executive Board.
REGULATION 7: ADJUDICATON OF COMPLAINTS
7.1 Upon receipt of a written complaint, received by the President within 60 days of an incident on which the complaint is made, the President shall appoint a subcommittee of 3,5, or 7 members of the Executive Board. In making such appointments the President shall consider diversity of membership and experience. The President shall appoint one member to Chair the Subcommittee.
7.2 The Subcommittee shall notify the individual or organization against which the complaint has been brought and shall investigate the incidents leading to the Complaint.
7.3 The Subcommittee, after due consideration and discussion, shall have the authority to dismiss any complaint it determines had not been brought within 60 days of the date on which said conduct occurred with forms the basis of the complaint or determines has not been brought in good faith, which has been resolved by subsequent action, or which – after reasonable investigation- it feels does not merit further processing.
7.4 If the Subcommittee determines to pursue a complaint, it shall allow both the party complaintant and the party against whom the complaint is brought to be heard in writing or in person, to present witnesses, and to provide other exhibits or information on either party’s behalf.
7.5. Should the subcommittee determine that there has been adequate proof of actions detrimental to the standing or respect of the organization, that demonstrates an inability to consistently and fairly carry out the judgments required of a certified official; or that are in violation of the rights of any person, it may recommend to the Executive Board imposition of sanctions as allowed under the By-Laws or Regulations. The following are among the causes for which sanctions may be imposed by the Executive Board:
1. Failure on more than one occasion to fairly apply any applicable Rule as required of a certified official;
2. Persistent failure or inability to make appropriate judgments as required by the applicable Rules.
3. Violation of the rights of any persons including participants, fans and officials; and/or
4. Failure to provide a safe environment for an event to take place or continue.
7.6 The Subcommittee shall, after its decision on the merits of the complaint and the sanctions to be applied, report same to the Executive Board. The Executive Board shall consider the report of the Subcommittee and shall impose such sanctions that it feels appropriate or make further investigation and findings, if it determines it appropriate to do so.
7.7 Any party who is the subject of any sanction may appeal to the full Executive Board, which shall consider such appeal in person or in writing as it determines and shall issue findings and take action as it deems just.
REGULATION 8: FINANCES
8.1 The amount of dues is determined by the Executive Board and is based upon the current fee schedule as contained in the MIAA Game Officials Handbook.
8.2, Dues are payable on July 1 (Due Date) and will cover a period commencing July 1 and concluding on June 30 of the following year.
8.3 If such dues are not paid within three (3) months of the Due Date (or by the date of the Annual Meeting whichever is later), the Secretary-Treasurer shall send a reminder to those members whose dues remain unpaid. If such dues are not paid within six (6) months of the Due Date, but less than one (1) year from the Due Date, the amount owed to bring the member into good standing will be the current or existing dues plus a 50% penalty.
8.4 Those members whose dues are in arrears by more than one (1) year from the Due Date shall be dropped from the membership rolls with proper notification by the Secretary-Treasurer.
REGULATION 9: RESERVED
REGULATION 10: MEETINGS
10.1 There shall be an Annual Meeting of the Association to be held in October and should be scheduled on the first Thursday in October unless changed by the Executive Board.
10.2. Other meetings of the Association should be scheduled for the first Thursdays of December, March and May unless changed by vote of the Executive Board.
10.3. Any such vote to change a meeting date above may be made by and affirmative vote of simple majority of the Executive Board members present and voting.
10.4 Notice of such meeting change must be given to the membership at least thirty (30) days in advance of the new meeting date.
10.5. If a scheduled meeting is postponed due to inclement weather or other factor beyond the control of the host facility, then such meeting may be re-scheduled by or at the direction of the Executive Board and said thirty (30) day advance notice provision contained in Regulation 10.4 above is waived.
REGULATION 11: COMMISSIONER OF OFFICIALS
11.1 The Commissioner of Officials shall have the following duties and responsibilities:
11.1 A Assign officials to Track & Field Athletic events as approved or negotiated by the Negotiation Committee;
11.1B Prepare a roster of officials for approved events and report to the Treasurer, who shall be responsible for making payment to said officials;
11.1C Report to the Negotiation Committee concerning assignments and compliance with negotiated terms;
11.1D Report to the Executive Board concerning assignments;
11.1E Provide necessary information to officials including but not limited to fees, working conditions, uniforms, equipment and reporting time of officials; and
11.1F Process applications for membership and oversee the administration of examinations, including sending, receiving and grading examinations of candidates for membership. The duties in this subsection may be delegated to another member with the approval of the Executive Board.
REGULATION 12: OFFICIALS APPAREL
12.1 MTFOA apparel may be worn by members in good standing at a Track & Field meet, Road Race or Cross Country Meet (meets/races) under one or more of the following conditions:
12.1A The meet has been negotiated by MTFOA and assigned by the MTFOA commissioner;
12.1B The meet is one of the MIAA State Tournament meets;
12.1C The meet is one of the various high school leagues or prep school meets in which the pay is equal to or greater than the current MIAA fee and the MTFOA secretary has been notified in writing prior to the meet, any such meet must be conducted within the seasonal parameters established by the respective governing school authority.
12.1D The Bay State Games or The Special Olympics;
12.1E A starter, Finish Lynx or Hytek operator who has been hired by a high school, prep school, college, university, facility or road race director so long as other officials are hired according to a provision of the By-Laws or this Regulation;
12.1F An official in good standing who has volunteered his/her services or who may be paid a fee in an amount less than the MIAA recommended fee as part of an apprentice program established for newer officials in order to gain experience in officiating at meets/races. This provision also applies to an official in good standing serving as a mentor for said new official; and/or
12.1G Such other situations as may arise with prior approval of the Executive Board.
12.2 MTFOA apparel is not to be worn for the purpose of gaining admission to or procuring a more favorable viewing position at any such meets/races.
12.3. In order to fulfill its duty to determine the design and nature of official MTFOA apparel any such apparel bearing the MTFOA initials or other indicia shall be review and approved by the Executive Board prior to availability for distribution. Such review will require an actual production version of the item or at least a pro-forma sketch acceptable to the Executive Board.
12.4 No commercial indicia or indicia or any other organization, including the manufacturer, shall be permitted on MTFOA apparel without the approval of the Executive Board.
REGULATION 13: RESERVED
REGULATION 14: RESERVED
REGULATION 15: RESERVED
REGULATION 16: RESERVED
REGULATION 72: RESERVED