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2015 Meeting Schedule





Monday January 5, 2015

Candidates Class

7:00 PM

BOCE -West Seneca

Monday January 12. 2015

Candidates Class

7:00 PM

BOCE -West Seneca

Tuesday January 20, 2015

Candidates Class

7:00 PM

BOCE -West Seneca

Monday January 26, 2015

Candidates Class

7:00 PM

BOCE -West Seneca

Monday February 9, 2015

General Meeting

7:00 PM

BOCE -West Seneca

Monday February 23, 2015

State Meeting

7:00 PM

BOCE -West Seneca

Monday March 2, 2015

General Meeting

7:00 PM

BOCE -West Seneca

Monday March 9, 2015

General Meeting

7:00 PM

BOCE -West Seneca

Monday March 23, 2015

General Meeting

7:00 PM

BOCE -West Seneca

Monday March 30, 2015

General Meeting

7:00 PM

BOCE -West Seneca

Monday April 13, 2015

 General Meeting

7:00 PM

BOCE -West Seneca

Sunday June 14, 2015





Disqualification Form On-line only 

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Defensive Restart Procedures Among 11 NFHS Boys Rules Changes for 2015

Restarts by the defensive team no longer will be required to take place outside the goal area in high school boys lacrosse, so long as any player is not within 5 yards of the ball carrier.

This revision in Rule 4-22 was one of 11 changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Boys Lacrosse Rules Committee at its July 21-23 meeting in Indianapolis. The committee's recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

On a violation by the offensive team where the defensive team is to be awarded the ball, the defensive team no longer has to restart play outside the goal area. With this revision, the defensive team could now restart play from the goal area or in the crease.

"This change will allow the defense to restart play more quickly and will keep the game moving," said Kent Summers, director of performing arts and sports and liaison to the rules committee. "It also addresses risk minimization by maintaining the requirement for all players to be at least 5 yards from the ball carrier on the restart."

Other changes concerned with minimizing the risk of injury include Rules 1-7-3 and 2-1-3. In Rule 1-7-3 concerning the crosse, any strings or leathers will be limited to a hanging length of 2 inches. In addition, any additional strings or laces (e.g., shooting strings, V channels) must be located within 4 inches of the top of the crosse. No more than one side-wall string on each side is allowed.

"This revision will allow the ball to become dislodged more easily, thus reducing the risk of slashes and cross-checks used to dislodge the ball," Summers said. "This rules change will create more active play and improve passing."

With a revision in Rule 2-1-3, a game no longer can be continued if a team has fewer than seven on-field players because of lack of available players, injuries, penalties, etc. The result of the game shall be determined by the state association or appropriate sponsoring authority.

Another change approved by the Boys Lacrosse Rules Committee involved the duties and authority of the Chief Bench Official (CBO). Rule 2-7-2 now states that the CBO "shall supervise and have complete jurisdiction over the timekeeper, penalty timekeepers, scorers, coaches, substitutes and any other persons within the bench areas, the special substitution area and the penalty box."

This rule also will now include the procedure for the CBO to call violations and apply appropriate penalties, as well as how to inform the on-field officials when violations occur.

Following are other changes approved by the NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rules Committee (rule references are from the 2014 NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rules Book).

Rule 1-6-2: Added the following procedure to check to make sure the ball can easily roll out of the head of the crosse – " . . . With the ball in the crosse, horizontal to the ground at the deepest point of the pocket, tip the crosse forward 90 degrees to ensure that the ball rolls out of the top end of the head."

Rule 2-10-1: Balls on the bench side are needed only at the table and not along the sideline.

Rule 3-1-2: More clearly defined when the running clock begins in those games where the score differential reaches 12 goals or more.

Rule 5-5: A player using a crosse found to be illegal for not meeting any required specification other than a deep pocket will receive a three-minute non-releasable penalty (except hanging string length and end caps as in Rule 1-7-3). Also, any crosse ruled illegal and resulting in a three-minute penalty will remain in the table area for the remainder of the game.

Rule 6-4: Added "with his feet no wider than shoulder-width apart" to the section on illegal offensive screening.

Rule 6-5-2e: The 30-second penalty has been erased in situations when a goal is scored by the opponent.

Rule 6-5-2w: "Take a dive or feigning a slash to the head or body in order to deceive the official and draw a penalty" was added to the examples of illegal procedure.


US Lacrosse Two and Three Man Mechanics

Below are links to the US Lacrosse Two and Three Man Mechanics power point presentations. Take a look at them to get familiar with them.

Two Man Mechanics

Three Man Mechanics 


Trainer Saves Ref's Life At HS Hoops Game

2013 - Martek Hudecki Reunion

BUFFALO, NY - Last Friday Melissa Hudecki, a certified athletic trainer who works for Catholic Health's AthletiCare Program, found herself assigned to a basketball game at Mt. Mercy Academy, an all girls high school in South Buffalo.

Hudecki took her customary place behind a team bench, on the alert for the usual maladies, which can befall athletes.

"If you see someone roll their ankle, or they're coming off the court holding their arm, you go and you talk to them you see what's going on," she said.

Midway through the game, she noticed referee James Martek, 54, running up the court as he had done countless times throughout the contest. Then she saw him suddenly collapse.

No Time To Spare:

Hudecki, who has taught Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for 14 years (but only had to use it on one prior occasion) bounded from her post, quickly realizing that what looked like an already serious situation was even graver.

"As I crossed the court, his (Martek's) partner referee who was working with him, said to me, 'he had a heart attack before', and then he said to me that he had also had bypass surgery," Hudecki recalled for WGRZ-TV, while standing at the spot on the court where Martek went down.

She immediately instructed onlookers to call 9-1-1, and then called for someone to bring her the school's automated external defibrillator, which is stored in a corridor just outside the doors to the gymnasium.

Setting to work, she remembered, "I was thinking I'm going to do what I'm trained to do, and that Jim's a good guy and I just need him to pull through this."

Happy Reunion:

Six days later, and one block away from the school at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Martek, who lives in Lancaster, was due to be discharged after having undergone treatment which involved the surgical installation of a defibrillating device in his body.

But before he left, hospital administrators arranged for an emotional reunion between the two.

Rising from his wheelchair to embrace Hudecki, Martek told her "Thank you..." to which she replied, "It's so good to see you up and about." "You know what, if it wasn't for you, I wouldn't be here," Martek told her.

Dr. Rob Wall, the cardiologist who treated Martek, confirmed as much.

"The death rate associated with what Mr. Martek had is very high, only less than five-percent of the people live," Wall told Two On Your Side, in describing Ventricular tachycardia (VT), a rapid heartbeat that starts in the ventricles, and which almost killed Martek.

This is especially true in victims to whom aid is not rendered immediately, according to Wall, who credited not only Hudecki but also the quick actions of Buffalo firefighters who were on the scene within minutes.

Martek has no memory of the incident, and said the last thing he remembers before waking up in the hospital was dressing for the game.

It also turns out that he and Hudecki had crossed paths before.

"I remember Melissa from when she was a St. Joseph's (Collegiate Institute) scorekeeper for lacrosse, because I also officiate lacrosse" Turning toward Hudecki he said, "So here it is ten years later, and when I heard it was you (who came to his aid) I said, 'she's my angel of mercy',".

You Never Know:

Looking at Martek, who is fit, trim, and relatively young, one might not suspect he'd be a candidate for a heart attack.

Then again, one can't judge a book by its cover, and his story is rife with chapters of foreboding.

"I had a bypass 12 years ago...and as for the genetic history of my family, all my brothers and sisters have had some kind of heart problem," he confirmed.

"Unfortunately Mr. Martek has an electrical instability of the heart itself, and it's because he (also) has blocked arteries, it lead him to have this fast (nearly) fatal rhythm," said Dr. Wall.

Now, with a new lease on his life, Martek has decided to hang up his referee's shirt,

"I've been married thirty years and my wife has sacrificed during the last 20 because I would be gone four or five days a week (refereeing sports)," he said. "I think it's time that I reassess what I do and it's time I spend more time with my family because this makes me think...Friday could have been my last day with her and I'd like to have another 30 years with her so , yes, more than likely that was the last game I will ever ref."

However, as long as one has a life, it remains full of opportunities.

Why Not Join Him?

In this time of year, when perhaps several of us have made resolutions (and by now know whether we'll keep to them) Martek, who turns 55 in three weeks, has a new one himself.

He has vowed that this will be the year that he learns CPR.

And, he's hoping that Hudecki will teach him.

"It's a life skill everyone should have from the age when they can babysit," she said. "Knowing that he's going to learn how to do CPR will maybe encourage other people to say, 'you know what? Maybe this is something I really should do as well.'"

Follow this link to the American Red Cross, which offers courses in CPR.

Click on the video player to watch our story from 2 On Your Side Reporter Dave McKinley and Photojournalist Norm Fisher. Follow Dave on Twitter: @DaveMcKinley2



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