Monday, players who wear the popular Cascade R lacrosse helmet were thrown for a loop, just as the winter tournament season is heating up and with regular-season practices only two months away.

The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) has announced that the Cascade R and Warrior Regulator model lacrosse helmets no longer comply with NOCSAE standard ND041.

In English, that means the Cascade R and Warrior Regulator, at the moment, are not legal equipment for use in U.S. Lacrosse-governed competition. Just as a player’s stick must meet certain requirements in length, head width, pocket depth, etc., helmets also must meet certain safety requirements and carry NOCSAE certification.

You can read more about how and why this happened here and here.

The important thing for players, coaches and parents to know is that until further notice, Cascade Rs are not allowed. Here is part of Cascade’s statement, posted Monday:

We are working with NOCSAE to clarify the concerns and appropriately address the issue. However, our first priority is always our loyal Cascade customers.

Players not in immediate need of a certified helmet are encouraged to retain their helmet. Cascade is confident that we will be able to re-certify the helmet and that recertification could be a simple fix. We expect to communicate all available remedies as soon as possible, once approved by NOCSAE.

We are communicating the following information to the consumers:

  • If you are a player that owns an R helmet and has games in November/Early December but do not own another certified helmet, you should contact your preferred lacrosse retailer to understand if they have the ability to fit you with a certified helmet. If yes, return your R helmet to that retailer and they will provide a replacement.
  • If you are a player that owns an R helmet and are not using it until the season starts, we are asking you to please hold onto your helmet in the short-term. As we get closer to season start we will have a procedure in place for you to receive either an update to your R model or another replacement option.
  • If you are a team that owns R helmets and has games in November/Early December but do not have another certified helmet solution, please contact Cascade customer service at 1(800) 537-1702 and we will do our best to find a lacrosse retailer to support your needs.
  • If you are a team that has R helmets and do not need to use them immediately we are asking you to please hold onto your helmets in the short-term. As we get closer to season start we have a procedure in place for you to receive either an update to your R models or another replacement option.

Detailed instructions on necessary steps will be made available on our web site www.CascadeLacrosse.com and provided to all relevant governing bodies as soon as they become available.

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.

Stay tuned. If Cascade and Warrior are unable to re-certify existing helmets, it is possible players and teams will need to acquire new helmets that do comply with NOCSAE standards before the season begins.

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