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2018 Meeting Schedule






Monday January 8, 2017


Candidate's Meeting

BOCES West Seneca

Monday January 22, 2018


Candidate's Meeting

BOCES West Seneca

Monday January 29, 2018


General Meeting

BOCES West Seneca

Monday February 5, 2018


State Meeting/Dues are due

BOCES West Seneca

Monday February 19, 2018


General Meeting

BOCES West Seneca

Monday February 26, 2018


General Meeting

BOCES West Seneca

Monday March 5, 2018


General Meeting

BOCES West Seneca

Monday March 12, 2018


General Meeting

BOCES West Seneca

March    TBA , 2018


Game Observation

Canisius College



General Meeting

BOCES West Seneca

Sunday June 10, 2018


Year End Banquet



NFLOA Founder, Matt Szydlowski passes away

Posted: Monday, May 4, 2015 9:39 pm         |                                                      

Matt Szydlowski's life has changed, not ended.


Despite the sadness and the enormous sense of loss,” Fr. Richard Ryan said that death is “not the end of Matthew's story.”


It is instead, “a tremendous, a beautiful, a wonderful new beginning.”

Szydlowski, 85, died last week, and his memorial Mass was celebrated Monday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City West to a crowd of approximately 200.

After the service, Mike Whiting, general manager for the Recreation Centers of Sun City West said, Matt is one of those people that you can't imagine not being here anymore.”

Whiting said Szydlowski was a great friend, a colleague, a super volunteer, and just an overall great guy.”

Szydlowski served on the Governing Board of the Recreation Centers of Sun City West from 2006 to 2008 and as president in 2007 and 2008.

Good friends for 20 years, Paul Piper said he had coffee with Szydlowski twice a week and they “solved all the world's problems, all the sports problems.” The one thing they didn't discuss ... politics.

Szydlowski was a true friend, a great leader, and “loved Sun City West and the Rec Board better than anybody I've ever met,” Piper said.

He was also active in many of the community's chartered clubs, including the Sun Cities Senior Softball League. Szydlowski was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.

Ray Early who was involved in softball said Szydlowski was a very instrumental part of the program and it wouldn't be what it is today if it wasn't for him.

Early added that Szydlowski was involved in getting the clubhouse built, “so we owe him a lot for that.”

His son, Matt Szydlowski, Jr., said that he loved the community and the people, adding that his dad's strongest and true friendships were the people he met in Sun City West. “He really cared about the community and was really concerned about doing things which would help the quality of their recreation.”

As for him and his siblings, Matt said that his dad always had their back.

There were tears, laughter, and applause, as family and friends spoke about Szydlowski during the reception at the church hall.

Szydlowski was part of the group that wrote the bylaws for the RCSCW, Piper added, as well as being instrumental in getting TORCH started and bringing pickleball to the community

Piper said that Szydlowski had previously officiated seven college sports and once in Sun City West, got him involved in officiating also. So, they'd go to ball games to watch the officials.

Matt and I, we never watched the game as much as we did the officials.

Because we wanted to see where they were and what bad calls they made,” Piper added.

Roman Jaworowicz of Phoenix was coached by Szydlowski in high school and said he was so hard on him, he hated him.

Szydlowski was Jaworowicz dad's friend.

Even though Szydlowski was friendly and respectful, he was so hard on me when I was on the football field,” said Jaworowicz. “One day after practice, he kept me out for another 15 minutes. Telling me that I wasn't pushing myself.”

Jaworowicz said it bugged him for days and years. “Then one night when I was a senior, right after the football season,” Szydlowski called and told him he made “first team all New York State football.

And it was because …” said Jaworowicz as his voice broke, “because Matty pushed me so hard.”

He said what Szydlowski taught him, wasn't about football, “it was about life. It was about learning from your mistakes and working harder than anybody else.”

Jaworowicz said Szydlowski taught them “you can't quit. No matter what happens in your life, you can't quit.

You've got to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and you make things happen when other people don't,” Jaworowicz said.

The biggest thing he did was share himself with a lot of people,” Jarorowicz added.

Szydlowski is survived by his wife Joanne, daughter Patty Noble, sons Matt Jr., Tom, and Craig, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Joanne said her husband was a busy guy, but was “home enough to teach the kids love.”

She was amazed and surprised at how many men came up and told her that they loved him. “It made me very emotional.

They said they loved him and they cried,” Joanne said.

Everyone loved Matt,” said Mike Whiting. “And so did I.”


Disqualification Form On-line only 

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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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