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By Paul Ohanian
BALTIMORE — US Lacrosse, the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse, has been notified by NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) that two lacrosse helmet models currently available in the marketplace -- the Cascade Model R and the Warrior Regulator -- do not meet the NOCSAE helmet standard, ND041.
NOCSAE’s public statement, available in its entirety at www.nocsae.org, says that the organization made its determination following an independent investigation and evaluation of the two helmets, including a review of each manufacturer’s internal testing and quality control data. As a result, NOCSAE has voided the manufacturer’s certification of compliance, for all manufacturing dates, for the two helmet models.
Rules written by US Lacrosse, the NCAA and the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) mandate that all helmets must meet NOCSAE standards and be NOCSAE certified. Both models had previously been certified by the manufacturers as being compliant with the NOCSAE standard.
NOCSAE’s statement adds that both Cascade and Warrior have been notified of these conclusions by NOCSAE, and have indicated that they are working to address the issue.
Consumers seeking further information about these two helmet models are advised to contact the manufacturers directly: Cascade (1-800-537-1702); Warrior (1-800-968-7845).
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UPDATE 1 (Nov. 24)Cascade issued a statement in response to NOCSAE's ruling on the Cascade Model R helmet. Read the original statement here. This initial statement has since been replaced with an update, issued on Dec. 4. The updated information is linked below under Update 4.
UPDATE 2 (Nov. 25) The following statement was issued by Warrior:"Warrior Sports, Inc. has received notification from the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) that the Warrior Regulator lacrosse helmet no longer complies with the applicable NOCSAE standards. We disagree with and are disappointed in NOCSAE’s decision. Warrior has always been committed to the highest safety standards for our products. Warrior’s Regulator helmet has passed numerous safety tests performed by ICS, an independent, certified and fully-accredited lab. ICS continues to stand behind those results and has repeatedly confirmed that the Regulator helmet meets all applicable NOCSAE standards, which applies to all Regulator helmets currently in the marketplace. Warrior is working with NOCSAE to clarify the concerns and find resolution quickly on behalf of our brand’s loyal customers and consumers.”
UPDATE 3 (Nov. 26)Warrior has posted information for owners of the Warrior Regulator helmet on its website. Read the notice.
UPDATE 4 (Dec. 4)Cascade has issued a new statement with updated information regarding the Model R helmet. The message, in part, says, "NOCSAE is working closely with us as we develop and test a retrofit to the Cascade R helmet and we are confident a solution will be announced in the coming days." Read the full statement here.
UPDATE 5 (Dec. 8)NOCSAE has posted additional information about its decision and process on its website. Access NOCSAE's FAQ here.
UPDATE 6 (Dec. 12)Cascade has reached a NOCSAE-approved solution for the Model R helmet and has issued a statement for consumers on its website. Read the full statement here.
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