US Lacrosse has ruled that only NOCSAE standard balls may be used for game play. NOCSAE is the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, who commissions research in sports medicine & science and establishes standards for athletic equipment.
To maintain a safe environment for our players we adopted the following club policy that we will enforce throughout the season:
Mason Lacrosse Club – NOCSAE Ball Policy – Effective January 27, 2014
NOCSAE standard balls must be used for ALL games and scrimmages. This includes both boys and girls and from 1st grade through 8th grade. Program Coordinators will be given a supply of game balls before the season and will work with head coaches to be sure they are available for each game. Referees will ask the home team before each game if their team is properly equipped and this will include the use of NOCSAE standard balls. “NOCSAE” must be clearly stamped on the ball.
Additionally, both boys and girls Middle School programs are restricted to using NOCSAE balls for all practice activities.
While our insurance provider does not require the use of the NOCSAE balls at any level for practice, we are taking the added step of enforcing this for Middle School practice activities due to the higher passing speeds and shot speeds and the overall quickness of the game.
Coaches will discuss this policy at future practices and please share this with your player(s) as well.