Archives for November 2014

US Lacrosse reports that two popular models do not meet NOCSAE helmet standards

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 11/24/14
From Press Releases

US Lacrosse, the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse, has been notified by NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) 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, ND041.

NOCSAE’s public statement, available in its entirety at www.nocsae.org, says that the organization made its determination following an independent investigation and evaluation of the two helmets, including a review of each manufacturer’s internal testing and quality control data. As a result, NOCSAE has invalidated the manufacturer’s certification of compliance for all manufacturing dates for the two helmet models.

Playing rules written by US Lacrosse, the NCAA and the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) mandate that all helmets must meet NOCSAE standards and be NOCSAE certified. Both models had previously been certified by the manufacturers as compliant with the NOCSAE standard.

NOCSAE’s statement adds that both Cascade and Warrior have been notified of these conclusions by NOCSAE, and have indicated that they are working to address the issue.

Consumers seeking further information about these two helmet models are advised to contact the manufacturers directly: Cascade (1-800-537-1702); Warrior (1-800-968-7845).

Warrior Sports gave this statement in response to the finding:

“Warrior Sports, Inc. has received notification from the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) that the Warrior Regulator lacrosse helmet no longer complies with the applicable NOCSAE standards. We disagree with and are disappointed in NOCSAE’s decision. Warrior has always been committed to the highest safety standards for our products.

“Warrior’s Regulator helmet has passed numerous safety tests performed by ICS, an independent, certified and fully-accredited lab. 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 brand’s loyal customers and consumers.”

The Stik: A tool for lacrosse players to build strength, flexibility in the arms, hands, wrist and grip

By Chris Goldberg
LaxgearZone.com, Posted 11/10/14

A potent training device created to help athletes – especially lacrosse players – build strength, flexibility and elasticity in the arms, hands, wrist and grip has been re-introduced to the public.

Jay Dyer demonstrates the Stik

Jay Dyer demonstrates the Stik

The Stik, moderately priced in three different models, has been endorsed by a Hall of Fame high school lacrosse coach as well as Jim McCrossin, the highly-regarded trainer and strength and conditioning coach for the Philadelphia Flyers. The Stik has being used regularly by Flyers superstar Claude Giroux and two-time Stanley Cup champion Mike Richards, and according to McCrossin, has helped them improve their game.

John Nostrant, coach of the undefeated 2011 national champion Haverford School (PA) boys’ lacrosse team, has endorsed it. So has Villanova assistant coach Brian Samson, whose recently guided Conestoga to three straight Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association championships and reached the state finals in five of the past six years. One of Samson’s former players, 2014 Conestoga grad Christian Jobs, credited the Stik for helping him become an all-league face-off specialist.

Recently, renowned Johns Hopkins Strength and Conditioning coach Jay Dyer also became an endorser of The Stik. Dyer has been using The Stik with lacrosse players and with clients in his private business as a key part of his conditioning program. Dyer said boys and girls especially at the high school and college ages can benefit by using the Stik, which also has been used extensively for rehabilitation purposes.

Using The Stik for only minutes a day could help lacrosse players build strength in their forearms, upper arms, hands and wrist to improve the speed of their shot, fend off players, improve their strength at the face-off X, tighten their cradle and strengthen their check.

To learn more about the Stik or place an order, click here to access thestik.com. For instructional videos using the Stik, click here.

The Stik is available in three models. The 1-lb version is used for rehabilitation and the 3- and 5-lb models are used for training. You can use the Stik while watching TV, listening to music or even sitting on the bench during a game. The Stik is also easily adjustable and users can change the rate of tension for many different exercises.

F6r0er Conestoga senior face-off specialist Christian credits the Stik, a training tool, for helping him improve his game

“I look at some sports – in particular, lacrosse, baseball and golf – and those athletes rely a lot on their forearms and wrist and hand strength,” said Dyer. “It not only challenges the athlete from a strength standpoint, but it’s a piece of the puzzle in helping them develop as an athlete

“Everything you do in lacrosse is full body movement. You need strength and power throughout the entire body in order to do these movements. When it comes down to it, the final piece of the chain is your hands. They have to be strong whether you think of them as the starting point or end point.

“We have specific days we have our athletes doing forearm and grip work as part of their program. We feel it’s an important piece of developing your strength and developing as an athlete.”

Dyer said the Stik is also convenient and easy to use, adjust and carry, making it a valuable piece of any strength and conditioning program.

“It’s easy to use in regards to increasing or decreasing the tension pretty quickly,” he said. “You can pass it from one athlete to another based on their abilities as opposed to one of the old school lacrosse shafts with rope on it.

“You can have two athletes working at the same time. It’s pretty convenient because you can pass it on to the next guy and have them make adjustments.”

For more information on the Stik, including testimonials, instructions and directions, frequently asked questions and instructional videos, click here.

Editor’s note: This is the first of three stories this week detailing how the Stik can become a part of a strength and conditioning program for lacrosse players. The second story will appear Wednesday.

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.@EpochLax unveils limited edition Dragonfly Shafts

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 11/7/14
From Press Release

Epoch Lacrosse today unveiled Limited Edition White and Techno-Color MMXV Dragonfly Gen.5 C30 and C60 shafts. The shafts will be available in limited quantities at authorized Epoch retailers just in time for the holidays.

“We received thousands of requests from players through e-mail and social media to bring back the original all white color scheme used on our Gen.2 and Gen.3 Dragonfly shafts,” said Ryan Hurley, National Sales Representative at Epoch Lacrosse. “After talking with numerous players it was clear that they were choosing products with less technology in order to get the clean white look they loved. So, it was an easy decision to make our latest Gen.5 shaft technology available in all white and give them what they wanted.”Dragonfly

Epoch also found that players loved the crisp new graphics on the Dragonfly Gen.5 but wanted more colors to choose from. Enter the MMXV Gen.5 Dragonfly Techno-Color series of shafts. The Techno-Color series of shafts will feature yellow, red or blue graphics.

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About Epoch Lacrosse:

Epoch Lacrosse delivers the finest manufactured lacrosse equipment designed to increase playability and maximize performance by utilizing world-class materials and manufacturing techniques. Epoch tests and re-tests each of its designs to ensure optimal durability, playability and performance. Epoch’s goal is simple, to give players every opportunity to reach their true potential. Live. Play. Be.

Visit www.EpochLacrosse.com to learn more about Epoch products.