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Cascade Reaches Agreement with NOCSAE for R Helmet
12/12/2014
Here is good news for any NJrLax families that own the Cascade...
US Lacrosse FAQs On Helmet License Revocations
12/05/2014
NOCSAE has revoked the license on the Cascade R model helmet and...
UPDATE-Helmets Fail NOCSAE Standard
12/01/2014
Yet more discussion, from the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/06/sports/safety-organization-deems-popular-helmet-models-unsuitable-for-play.html?emc=edit_tnt_20141205&nlid=654505&tntemail0=y   Also,...
America's First Sport
05/12/2013
If you haven't already seen it, the following link will take...
 
Cascade Reaches Agreement with NOCSAE for R Helmet

Here is good news for any NJrLax families that own the Cascade R helmets that were decertified by NOCSAE two weeks ago. Scroll down for instruction on how to have your helmet repaired and recertified.

from LaxMagazine.com Staff Reports

Cascade announced Friday that it has reached an agreement with NOCSAE, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Eqiupment, on a solution for the decertified Cascade R helmet.

The solution will involve a simple modification to Cascade R helmets currently in the marketplace. NOCSAE has accepted the solution. Cascade's data confirms the helmet, as modified by this solution, meets NOCSAE certification standards. For NOCSAE certification purposes, the modified helmet is treated as a new model, identified as the Cascade R-M, although it will continue to be marketed by Cascade under the Cascade R name.

 

Moving forward all newly manufactured Cascade R-M helmets will be certified as meeting the NOCSAE standards. A tamper-resistant sticker will be placed on all modified helmets as well as on newly manufactured Cascade R-M helmets to differentiate them from non-certified Cascade R models. Model R helmets that have not been ofifcially modified by Cascade do not meet NOCSAE standards and certification will remain void.

 

Cascade will make the modification to existing helmets at its Liverpool, N.Y. facility beginning December 16, 2014. The modification will be free of charge for consumers and retailers, including shipping.

"We are extremely pleased that Cascade and NOCSAE have reached an agreement to modify existing Cascade R helmets and put helmets back in play for our loyal customers," said Tim Ellsworth, Global Business Director, Cascade Lacrosse. "We have been working closely with NOCSAE and will work diligently to ensure that all Cascade R helmets returned are modified as quickly as possible. We thank everyone for their patience and support."

 

To fully reinstate the NOCSAE license, which was suspended in conjunction with the R model decertification, Cascade is cooperating with a review by NOCSAE of certification data for all of its models, and is having a third-party audit of Cascade's quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) processes.

Cascade is currently finalizing its own internal audit and expects the third-party QA/QC audit to be completed by December 18, 2014. NOCSAE will partially reinstate Cascade's license agreement for the production of new Cascade R-M helmets upon demonstratiion of satisfactory audit results fr its QA/QC processes. The license agreement will be fully restored for other Cascade models upon demonstrating that such models certified by Cascade are supported by necessary data.

 

Cascade is also currently reviewing test results for all of its lacrosse helmets to ensure they meet both Cascade and NOCSAE standards.

 

Instructions To Return a Cascade R Helmet For Certified Modification

To return a helmet for certified modification, consumers can begin the return process by providing information at this site beginning on December 13 at 9 a.m. Upon receipt of this information, Cascade will send a pre-paid shipping label to you. Once you receive the label, put your Cascade R helmet in a box, affix the shipping label and send the helmet to Cascade. When the helmet arrives at Cascade’s facility, it will be professionally updated with the certified modification and a tamper-resistant sticker will be applied to the helmet to prove it has completed the certified modification. The helmet will then be sent back to you.

Cascade will make the modification to existing helmets at its Liverpool, N.Y. facility beginning December 16. The modification will be free of charge for consumers and retailers, including shipping.

Please Return After 9 a.m. on December 13 to Begin The Return Process
 

Most Frequently Asked Questions:

1) Will there be a cost for the modification? 
No. There will be no cost to consumers or teams. Cascade will pay for the modification of the helmet and for shipping.

 

2) How long will the modification process take? 
Although it will depend on volume, we expect that, from the time that Cascade receives the helmet from the consumer, it will take Cascade approximately two weeks to complete the certified modification and ship the helmet back to the consumer. This is a very busy shipping time for carriers and there may be delays that are out of our control. We are working closely with our shipping partners to reduce delays and get these helmets back to players as soon as possible.

 

3) I have a CPX-R, CPV-R or CS-R helmet, is that an R model? How do I know if I have an R model?
No. The CPX-R, CPV-R and CS-R are different models than the Cascade R. If you are unsure of your model, look on the right side (near the strap snap) of the helmet and if you notice a lone, singular ‘R,’ then it is an R model helmet.

 

See below for Additional Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions December 12, 2014

1. What is the solution for the Cascade R helmet?
2. Will the helmet still be called the Cascade R?
3. What about new helmets? Will they be modified?
4. Will there be a cost for the modification? 
5. What are you doing to the helmet? 
6. What is PORON®XRD™? 
7. Will my helmet fit the same?
8. Why can’t you send a modification kit? Why do I have to send in my helmet?
9. Can I get the helmet modified at my local retailer? 
10. What should I do if I have multiple helmets? 
11. How long will the process take? 
12. Will this modification meet NOCSAE certification standards?
13. I have a (CPX-R, CPV-R, CS-R) helmet, is that an R model? How do I know if I have an R model?
14. What is the process to return the helmet? 
15. How can I track the progress of my helmet? 
16. How will a referee know the helmet is certified?
17. What if I still have questions?

 

What is the solution for the Cascade R helmet?
The solution will involve a simple modification to Cascade R helmets currently in the marketplace. NOCSAE has accepted the solution and Cascade’s data confirms the helmet, as modified by this solution, meets NOCSAE certification standards. Cascade will make the modification to existing helmets at its Liverpool, N.Y. facility beginning December 16.

 

Will the helmet still be called the Cascade R?
For NOCSAE certification purposes, the modified helmet will become the Cascade R-M, although it will continue to be named ‘Cascade R’ and marketed under the Cascade R name.

 

What about new helmets? Will they be modified? 
Yes, we will make the same modification to all newly manufactured Cascade R helmets, which will now be identified as Cascade R-M for NOCSAE certification purposes. A tamper-resistant sticker will be placed on all modified helmets as well as newly manufactured Cascade R helmets (identified as R-M for NOCSAE) to differentiate them from non-certified Cascade R helmets.

 

Will there be a cost for the modification? 
No. There will be no cost to consumers or teams. Cascade will pay for the modification of the helmet and for shipping.

 

What are you doing to the helmet? 
We are inserting additional PORON®XRD™ padding into the front and top of the helmet.

 

What is PORON®XRD™? 
PORON®XRD™ is a lightweight, thin and breathable material that’s engineered for repeated impact and shock absorption. It is exclusive to Cascade in lacrosse.

 

Will my helmet fit the same?
Yes. We do not anticipate any change to the fit of the helmet as a result of the certified modification.

 

Why can’t you send a modification kit? Why do I have to send in my helmet?
While the certified modification is simple, we are asking consumers to send in their helmets to Cascade to ensure the modification is done professionally and complies with the NOCSAE certification standard.

 

Can I get the helmet modified at my local retailer?
No. Helmets must be sent to Cascade to have the certified modification installed.

 

What should I do if I have multiple helmets? 
Consumers are instructed to enter their information at www.cascadelacrosse.com beginning on December 13 and they will be asked how many helmets they are sending back to Cascade. You may choose to send back all of your R helmets at the same time or stagger the shipment of multiple helmets.

 

What is the process to return the helmet? 
To return a helmet for certified modification, consumers are requested to visit www.cascadelacrosse.com beginning on December 13 and provide the required information. Upon receipt of this information, Cascade will send a pre-paid shipping label to the consumer. The consumer will put their Cascade R helmet in a box, affix the shipping label and send the helmet to Cascade. When the helmet arrives at Cascade’s facility, it will be professionally updated with the certified modification and a tamper-resistant sticker will be applied to the helmet to prove it has completed the certified modification. The helmet will then be sent back to the consumer.

 

How long will the process take? 
Although it will depend on volume, we expect that, from the time that Cascade receives the helmet from the consumer, it will take Cascade approximately two weeks to complete the certified modification and ship the helmet back to the consumer. This is a very busy shipping time for carriers and there may be delays that are out of our control. We are working closely with our shipping partners to reduce delays and get these helmets back to players as soon as possible

 

Will this modification meet NOCSAE certification standards? 
Yes. NOCSAE has accepted the solution and Cascade’s data confirms that the modified helmet meets NOCSAE certification standards.

 

have a (CPX-R, CPV-R, CS-R) helmet, is that an R model? How do I know if I have an R model?
No. The CPX-R, CPV-R and CS-R are different models than the Cascade R. If you are unsure of your model, look on the right side (near the strap snap) of the helmet and if you notice a lone, singular ‘R,’ then it is an R model helmet.

 

How can I track the progress of my helmet?
Once the certified modification has been complete and the helmet is prepared for shipment, you will receive an email confirmation with UPS tracking information.

 

How will a referee know the helmet is certified? 
Once the certified modification has been complete, a tamper-proof sticker will be affixed to the helmet to show that it is NOCSAE certified and to differentiate it from non-certified R models. US Lacrosse and all other governing bodies have been informed of this identification and will monitor all R helmets (as well as new R-M models) for the sticker at future sanctioned events. It is important to note that the certification will be voided if the sticker is removed from the helmet or transferred to another helmet.

 

What if I still have questions? 
If you still have questions please email Cascade at  . You can also call Cascade customer service at 800-537-1702 or 877-639-0320, but please be advised that we will be experience high call volume, which may result in a delay in addressing your questions.

 

Thank you.

Cascade Lacrosse


by posted 12/12/2014
US Lacrosse FAQs On Helmet License Revocations

NOCSAE has revoked the license on the Cascade R model helmet and the Warrior Regulator helmet, thereby making them illegal for play at ALL levels and genders.  US Lacrosse has provided some brief answers to some FAQ’s on the topic in the event that questions are raised within your organization. 

  1. What happens if a player is wearing one during a game?  The official should immediately stop play and have the player leave the field and change the helmet.
     
  2. What is the penalty for a player found to be wearing one of these helmets?  No foul should be called or penalty assessed.  Think of it like a missing end cap.  The player comes off the field, the stick is fixed, and the player may re-enter the game.
     
  3. What if my whole team wears either of these helmets?  Cascade has come out and said on their website that if you are in immediate need of a replacement, they are available.  Direct the coach to the manufacturers website for instructions on how to obtain replacements, etc…Officials have been instructed to not allow a game to happen if every player participating is not wearing an approved helmet.
     
  4. What if the goalie is wearing one?  This is treated just like the field player.  The goalie must leave the field, swap helmets (including the throat guard) and then may re-enter the game.  If only one goalie is available, it should be charged as an officials timeout and the goalie is given time to make the necessary switch.
     
  5. Why did NOCSAE revoke the license? Bottom line, we’re not NOCSAE and we won’t comment on the testing procedures of either the manufacturers or NOCSAE.  All we know is that NOCSAE tested the helmets based on information they received and found these two models to not be compliant with their standards.
     
  6. How do I know if my players are wearing one of these models?  Coaches can visit the manufacturer websites and view images.
     
  7. What if we have a waiver that says it’s ok for our player(s) to wear one of these models? Doesn’t matter, they still will not be permitted on the field and will be removed if they do find their way on, regardless of any type of waiver.  At this time no such waiver exists or is supported by US Lacrosse in any manner.
     
  8. When will this be fixed?  We don’t know. 
     
  9. What is my duty as a coach in all of this?  Make sure your players and their parents are aware of this change and do not let athletes participate in any lacrosse activity if they are not legally equipped.  You have a standard of care as a coach to ensure the safety of your players.  Knowingly or unknowingly allowing them onto the field in any situation with an illegal helmet puts you at risk for liability in the event of a lawsuit.
     
  10. Why did US Lacrosse do this when it’s so inconvenient for all those who have spent $100’s of dollars on these helmets?  This was not a US Lacrosse decision.  NOCSAE is independent of USL and they revoked the license on the helmets based on their testing.  As the sport’s national governing body, one of US Lacrosse’s primary roles is to promote the highest possible safety standards through its rules and policies. US Lacrosse did not have any input in NOCSAE’s decision to de-certify these helmets, but takes the responsibility, along with the NCAA and NFHS, to communicate this information to its membership and to the greater lacrosse community. US Lacrosse has also communicated with the manufacturers involved in order to help share the information that they are making available to their consumers.
     
  11. Can we still wear them in games/practice/scrimmages/”unofficial” events?  The short answer is no. The rules of lacrosse, as written by US Lacrosse, the NCAA, and the NFHS (National Federation of High Schools), all state that helmets worn in games must meet NOCSAE certification. Since these two helmets are not currently NOCSAE certified, they will not be allowed until further notice. All US Lacrosse certified men’s and women’s game officials have been asked to meet with coaches prior to the game to verify that these helmets are not being used by players.  Also, see #9 regarding a coach and the standard of care they must exercise.

by posted 12/05/2014
UPDATE-Helmets Fail NOCSAE Standard

Yet more discussion, from the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/06/sports/safety-organization-deems-popular-helmet-models-unsuitable-for-play.html?emc=edit_tnt_20141205&nlid=654505&tntemail0=y

 

Also, sensible commentary from a coach in CONNY-member program (Doc's): http://laxallstars.com/helmetgate-rolls/

 

Here is a link to a further discussion of NOCSAE's decertification of the Cascade Model R and the Warrior Regulator helmets:

http://24sevenlax.com/reaction-to-nocsaes-decision-to-decertify-two-popular-helmets/

 

Note that the article suggests that Cascade and Warrior are shipping no helmets of any model currently.

 

Original Post
In case anybody was considering a helmet purchase, NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) has announced 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. This means that they cannot be used in lacrosse at any level until their shortcomings are rectified.

 

No other helmets on the market have been identified as non-compliant.

 

For more information, including responses from Warrior and Cascade, you can go to the US Lacrosse press release:  http://www.uslacrosse.org/multimedia-center/press-releases-news/postid/808/nocsae-announces-that-two-lacrosse-helmets-are-non-compliant-with-standard.aspx

 

We will update this notice as new information becomes available.

 

Jack Couch


by posted 12/01/2014
America's First Sport
If you haven't already seen it, the following link will take you to a terrific documentary video about the origins, history, growth, and future of both men's and women's lacrosse. It is well worth the fifty-five minutes it runs.

http://vimeo.com/64675548

The documentary does, however, omit one fascinating detail. James Naismith, credited with inventing basketball while teaching at Springfield College, was a Canadian and a lacrosse player. So it's not that lacrosse is a lot like basketball ... it's that basketball is a lot like lacrosse.

Enjoy.

Coach Couch
by posted 05/12/2013
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