Association of Track Officials of Michigan

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Welcome to the Web Site.  This site was established on Tuesday, December 6, 2005.  Please visit often to view the progress of it's development and for updated information.

The sport of Track and Field at both the High School and Middle School levels is in need of individuals interested in Officiating.  The ATOM Association strongly supports and encourages new officials to join both ATOM and the MHSAA.  ATOM members are usually willing to mentor and help anyone that is interested in becoming a Track and Field Official.  If at a Track and Field meet, simply approach an ATOM Official and begin a conversation. (posted 4/25/17)

An ATOM Membership Invoice Application is available at the top of the "ATOM Newsletter" page in PDF format and is printable for anyone interested in becoming a member.

Most Recent Update:  Monday, July 18, 2022...

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1. The 2022 MHSAA Rules Meeting for Cross Country will be available from August 1, 2022 through September 15, 2022 on the MHSAA Website. (posted 7/18/22)

2. The MHSAA Online Rules Meeting for Track and Field for 2023 will be available from February  13, 2023 through April 20, 2023 on the MHSAA Website. (posted 7/18/22)

3. New Officers contact information is being updated and also any changes to the Regional Representatives. ATOM Executive Board Meeting dates for 2022 are posted at the bottom of the ATOM Newsletter page. (posted 2/2/22)

4. New postings of recognition and remembrance near the bottom of this page. (posted 11/21/21)

5. On the Cross Country and Track and Field News page...In the Track and Field News Section a new document for 2021 titled STARTERS...A Manual of Technique and Mechanics for New High School Track Starters by Eric D. Zemper, Ph.D has been posted for any and all Track Officials. (posted 3/29/21)

6. Clarifying the Waterfall Starts in the 800, 1600, 3200 and 4X400 Races...Please go to the MHSAA Website, Click on Sports, then scroll down to 2021 Spring Season, click on either Girls Track Season or Boys Track Season.  Under Additional Resources click on the link for Waterfall Starts.  It's a one page printable document that nicely explains the correct procedure for each of the races in question.   (posted 3/22/21)

7. Posting of Field Event and Pocket Guides for the 2021 Track and Field Season.  Located on the XC and Track and Field News Page and can be found at the beginning of the Track and Field News Section. (posted 3/21/21)

8. Posting of the following item and its location...

A. Brief statement regarding an MHSAA policy about aerial remote devices during competitions can also be found on the "XC and Track and Field News" page. (posted 10/13/14)


The ATOM Executive Board and ATOM Membership are sorry to hear of the passing of Blake Hagman and John Fundukiakn, two long time MHSAA Track and Field and Cross County Officials and ATOM Members. Notice was just received on 6/15/22 and there are currently no other details available.

The ATOM Executive Board and ATOM Membership would like to congratulate Lew Clingman of Grand Rapids for being presented with the 2021 Vern L. Norris Award by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

The ATOM Executive Board is sad to announce the passing of Lyle Berry on August 5, 2021.  Lyle is a Past President of ATOM and of the West Michigan Officials Association, long time coach, educator, MHSAA sports official and great friend.  Lyle will be missed by all who knew him.

This past Spring (2018) our long time ATOM Treasurer George Babcock had decided to retire from his duties as Treasurer for the organization.  The entire ATOM Community wishes to thank George for his long time and dedicated service to the organization. 

On Sunday, October 8, 2017 the Atom Executive Board was informed by Blake Hagman that he has decided to retire from Officiating the sports of Cross Country and Track and Field.  The ATOM Executive Board would like to extend an enormous Thank You to Blake for his dedicated service to those sports and his 32 year involvement in the ATOM association from its inception until now.

On Saturday, May 5, 2012, ATOM Official, ATOM Regional Representative and past ATOM President Lyle Berry was presented with the prestigious Vern L. Norris Award by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.  Congratulations to Lyle!

We remember Kermit N. Ambrose, 1911-2012

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A.T.O.M.'s Objectives...

1. To promote good fellowship among it's members;

2. To promote uniformity in officiating track & field and cross country;

3. To assist in training and developing new officials;

4. To foster a high standard of officiating ethics;

5. To promote improved track & field and cross country organization;

6. To promote track & field and cross country generally.

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