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Collegiate Officials in New England

The NCAA does not have an officials certification program or testing process as the NFHS does for high schools. While most parts of the country (exclusively) use USATF officials at collegiate meets of all levels, NEICAAA championships generally have officials contracted through one of the six or more local officials groups in the New England states. 


Officials for Cross Country and the Indoor Track & Field championships in the Boston locations are obtained through the Massachusetts Track & Field Officials Association. Meets held in Western Massachusetts would mostly come from the Western Mass Track  & Field  Officials Association, and meets at Dartmouth would likely come from the New Hampshire Track & Field Officials Association. There are similar association in Central MA and in RI, while CT and ME tend to rely on either local school based officials groups or their state USATF association. 

Certification Process


  • There are 3 Levels of Officials Certification:

    • Apprentice/Association

    • National

    • Masters

  • One becomes a certified official through their home association (New England for MA, NH, RI, VT). USA Track & Field certification runs for the Olympiad - between Olympic Games years.

  • The current 4 year certification period began January 1, 2017 and runs through December 31, 2020, but officials may join at any time. If certification is completed for the first time during 2020, certification will be good for the 2021-2024 Olympiad as well.

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Information on this page was provided courtesy of the United States Track and Field New England Association

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