WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS                             TRACK AND FIELD 
                       Serving High Schools and Colleges in Western Massachusetts for over forty years
2016-17 OFFICERS
President- Rick Lajoie Vice President- Lisa Helpa  
Secretary- Deb Pelletier  Treasurer - Jon Dias

2015-16 Executive Board
​​​​​​Rick Lajoie   Lisa Helpa  Deb Pelletier   ​Jon Dias​​​   William Kane  Susan Petzold   ​Christina Crocker     ​​​Elizabeth Haygood    Karen Gomez
    CONCUSSION TRAINING:                  IT'S THE LAW!!
Since the Fall of 2011 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has required that EVERY YEAR all game officials complete a Department of Public Health approved concussion training program and provide independent verification of completion of the training program to schools and school districts upon request.  To assist in concussion management education, the Natuional Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) offers, AT NO COST, a course titled "Concussion in Sports - What You Need To Know". Successful completion of this half-hour on-line course has been approved by the DPH as satisfying the required concussion training component.  Log on to: http://www.nfhslearn.com/electiveDetail.aspx?courseID=38000 to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of concussion and a step-wise process to return to the sport.  Take the course, print your certificate, and keep it in your officials bag.  

Click here for a menu of free and credible concussion education materials and resources.​​


IT'S EASY! -- If you are at least 18 years of age and have finished high school (MIAA rule) ​​HERE'S HOW YOU DO IT.​!

1.  E-mail Jonathan Dias (jon.dias@hotmail.com) to obtain a membership form.
2.  Take the "open book" rules examination (Click here for exam - Click here for Answer Sheet) and return the answer sheet to Lisa Helpa.
3.  Attend an instructional clinic (held annually in January or early February depending on site availability).
4.  Become "field certified" by an association trainer (this involves working a meet under the supervision of the trainer).
5.  If you have questions please contact Jon Dias or Membership Chair Lisa Helpa​​​​​​​​​ (lhelpa@comcast.net)​.

                           WMTFOA OFFICIALS CODE OF ETHICS

1.  Be knowledgeable and abide by the WMTFOA Constitution​​, Code of Ethics, and                        other policies, procedures, and guidelines.
2.  Be fair, consistent, and impartial to ensure equitable treatment for all competitors.
3.  Have a thorough knowledge of the rules and procedures for the particular event or                    position assigned and review them prior to a competition.
4.  Cooperate with fellow officials to conduct competition in a safe and professional                        manner.  Be courteous and avoid confrontations or making derogatory comments to                  athletes, coaches, spectators, or other officials.
5.  Demonstrate respect and courtesy for other officials.  Avoid interfering with duties                      assigned to other officials or publicly questioning the performance of other officials. Assist in      correctly applying rules and support final decisions rendered by chief officials. Provide and        accept performance feedback in a positive manner.
6.  Honor all assignments and agreements made for performance of officiating and                        support duties.
7.  Not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of race, color, religion,                  gender, national origin, age, or other protected characteristic.
8.  Not engage in harassment by making unwelcome advances, remarks, or display of                    materials where such would create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive                                      environment.
9.  Not fraternize with athletes or coaches, provide tips or comments which could be                      construed as coaching for any athlete, nor cheer for or provide encouragement to                      particular athletes or teams during a competition.
10. Not use tobacco products while in the field of competition, nor consume alcoholic                       products befoe or during a competition.
11. Not seek recognition or attention during a competition.
12. Conduct an honest self-evaluation after each competition, to identify errors made and               areas of improvement; and be receptive to suggestions for conducting events in the best           possible manner in the future.​​​​ ​​​​

                              WMTFOA PERFORMANCE GUIDELINES

​1.  Comply with the WMTFOA Code of Ethics.
2.  Be punctual in reporting for assigned officiating duties, including allowing time for venue            inspection and set-up prior to the warm-up period and competition.  (recommended report        time is no less than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of competition).
3.  Possess the appropriate rules book(s) for the competition.
4.  Possess​​ and maintain clean and presentable uniform items.  Wear the uniform prescribed        by meet management neatly.  Be prepared to continue duties in all types of weather.
5.  Inspect assigned venues to ensure the safety of athletes, officials, and spectators.  Correct      and report apparent or suspected dangers to meet management before beginning a                  competition.
6.  Be calm, positive, and polite.  Refrain from dialog with athletes, coaches, and spectators          regarding disputed calls  or decisions, and instead refer coaches to the referee, protest              table, or games committee for resolution.​​  Report abusive behavior towards officials to meet      management.
7.  Not use any electronic or photographic devices, INCLUDING CELL PHONES, while                  officiating.
8.  Assist in submitting competition results, cleaning the event area, and returning equipment​​.        Before departing the site determine if any other venues need officiating assistance.
​​9.  Attend training sessions and clinics to maintain or update officiating skills.  Assist, as                appropriate, in developing and presenting training materials.
10. Maintain your own personal fitness, and advise assigners of officials of physical limitations       on the ability to perform any assigned duty.
11. Mentor less experienced officials by sharing information and techniques, demonstrating the       use of equipment​, identifying potential problems or issues and recommending solutions,           and encouraging questions.
12. Assist in recruiting new officials.
13. Consider active involvement in association committees.
14. Make recommendations for rules changes as appropriate.​​  ​​  
From the Rules Interpreter:
​​FYI - 2016 Mid-Season MIAA RULES CHANGE*

As of mid-season 2016 the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association has changed their participation limits rule.  Athletes may now compete in ANY 4 EVENTS in a REGUALR SEASON MEET.  The PVIAC will follow this rule change and ignore its own By-Law for the remainder of the 2016 season.

*Please note:  this is a change to the rules that govern  regular season Massachusetts high school competitions and do not affect MIAA or PVIAC post season competition or NCAA or USATF competitions.​​​​

If you have a rules question or need an opinion on a situation that has come up in a meet please feel free to contact the WMTFOA Rules Interpreter Bill Kane at kaner5000@comcast.net.​​ ​​​​

​​​​​​​​Did you know??? -- Both the PVIAC (www.pviac.net) and the MIAA (www.miaa.net) have By-Laws that apply to cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track?  I would suggest that you vist these websites and print out the appropriate By-Laws for the sports you officiate! ​
            2016 WMTFOA AWARD WINNERS

To provide knowledgeable personnel and to encourage improvement in officiating in all phases of track and field athletics.
​(WMTFOA Constitution - Article II. Click here for the entire Constitution of the WMTFOA)

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE -- January, 2017 


Here's wishing a Happy New Year to all of you and I hope 2017 will be an especially good year on the track. That said, I would like to remind everyone to complete their WMTFOA re-certification requirements as soon as you can. Remember too, that the complete the concussion awareness certification and sign up again on Arbiter must also be done.

​For all of those you would like to either become a USATF official or those you would like to complete their USATF recertification, I have arranged for a special certification session to meet your needs. Bob Girardi, the certification person in New Hampshire, has agreed to meet with officials in a two-hour session to address and complete everything you will need to be USATF certified or re-certified.

​For those looking to get re-certified, we have reserved a classroom at the Bartley Sports Center at Holyoke Community College on Thursday, Jan 26. The session will run from 6:00-8:00pm, but I ask that you get there by 5:30 so we can get the pictures and paperwork done ahead of time. Bob will have all the review materials, answer sheets, and a camera.
You will also need to bring the following:
• Check for $50.00 made out to USATF-NE, No cash, no Credit Cards
• Your current USATF 10 Digit membership Number
• Your Current 6 Digit Officials Number
• Your background check info.
• Pencils and erasers to fix answers if necessary.
• 2016 USATF rules book if you have one. This can be downloaded to a lap top or tablet.

The Safe-sport requirement will also be fully addressed at this meeting, and should be good for the Olympiad. Please note, the Safesport certification also requires a fee. You must also have current USATF membership. The fee is $45.00 if you have less than a 4 year membership and a check is to be made out to USATF-NE. If your USATF membership is for 4 or more years, the Safesport fee is only $30.00.

​The session for the new USATF officials will be on Thursday, Feb 9, again at the Bartley Sports Center. It will also run from approximately 5:30 to 8:00. New officials should also bring the same items listed above for recertification.

​In as much as I am trying to get an idea as to how many will be attending theses sessions, I ask that you reply to me with your intention. The sessions are not limited in size but I need to know how many will be there to insure we have sufficient materials on hand and have enough room for everyone. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask and I will try to address them.

Rick Lajoie
WMTFOA President

SAFETY is a major concern for everyone at a track meet.  Please take the time to click here and read the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association's Track and Field Safety Manual, prepared by the MIAA in conjunction with the Massachusetts State Track & Field Coaches Association.