In an unusual move, The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) last week voided the NOCSAE certification ratings for both the Warrior Regulator and the Cascade Model R lacrosse helmets.
The change followed an independent investigation and evaluation conducted by NOCSAE.
The rules of play for lacrosse as provided by US Lacrosse, National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Federation of State High School Associations and other organizations mandate that lacrosse helmets meet the NOCSAE standard. NOCSAE advised the sports organizations as well as the manufacturers of the changes. Warrior and Cascade are expected to develop a procedure to assist players and teams who use these models but both expressed dismay at the decision.
Warrior Sports, Inc., which is owned by New Balance, said it disagreed and was “disappointed” with the decision by NOCSAE, noting its long-time commitment to the highest safety standards for our products. It also noted that the Warriors Regulator helmet has passed numerous safety tests performed by ICS, an independent, certified and fully-accredited lab.
Warrior wrote, 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 brands loyal customers and consumers.
Performance Sports Group, the parent of Cascade Helmets, also said it is working with NOCSAE to clarify the concerns and appropriately address the issue.
“The companys first priority is always to its loyal Cascade customers,” the company said in a statement. “However, it is important to note that the Cascade R model has passed applicable NOCSAE standards at two separate, independent, NOCSAE-accredited test labs commissioned by the company.”