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Lacrosse All Stars Exclusive: 1-on-1 with NOCSAE

Jeff Brunelle interviews Mike Oliver, executive director of NOCSAE, about the testing and safety of the STX Stallion 500, Cascade R and Regulator lacrosse helmets.

Use controls above to listen or right-click here to download; ~40min

What all started with the release of a new lacrosse helmet during the middle of football season has quickly led to the hardest hitting equipment manufacturing controversy in the history of our game.

As you likely know by now, STX made test results from competitive analysis public alongside its release of the Stallion 500 lacrosse helmet. The complete test results, originally published on STX’s corporate website on October 14th, showed the Cascade R and Warrior Regulator lacrosse helmets failing critical safety tests.

In addition to publicizing the results as part of its marketing campaign for the Stallion 500, STX shared the data with the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE), and an investigation ensued. Just days later, NOCSAE de-certified the Cascade R and Warrior Regulator lacrosse helmets, and suddenly, lacrosse players, coaches, administrators, parents – and let’s not forget retailers – were thrown into a tilt-a-whirl.

Update from Warrior
Warrior’s 12/12 update (click to enlarge)

Warrior’s most recent update (right) and the solution announced by Cascade have helped set expectations and clarify processes for consumers in the short-term. However, I’m sure we at LaxAllStars.com weren’t the only ones who felt there were still a lot of unanswered questions left on the table.

On Friday, I had the opportunity interview Mike Oliver, the executive director of NOCSAE, and get a first-hand account of the situation. I was able to pose many of the questions that had been on my mind about the situation, and I left the conversation feeling much more informed.

Oliver, who initiated and led all aspects of NOCSAE’s investigation into the safety of the Cascade R and Warrior Regulator lacrosse helmets, allowed us the privilege of recording our entire conversation so that we could share it here on LaxAllStars.com for the worldwide lacrosse community.

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• Cascade Lacrosse Announces Solution for R Helmet

Helmetgate Rolls On…

• After 2 Helmets Are Decertified, Lacrosse Faces Safety Concerns

NOCSAE Voids Two Helmet Certifications

STX Lacrosse Helmet Goes to Market In Strangest Way

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