Important Helmet Information

Posted by Monarch Lacrosse on Dec 09 2014 at 11:19AM PST in Fall 2014

Players and Parents,

We were recently notified of helmet issues pertaining to the Cascade R (which is the helmet that many players recently purchased). Please read the statement below from Breakaway Sports and Cascade. Both have assured us that there will be a solution regarding the helmets and that it is in the best interest of your player to not wear the helmet until that time.

If you have additional questions, please contact Breakaway Sports, Collin Knowles.

Coyote Lacrosse



As you may already know, NOCSAE has voided certification of the Cascade R and Warrior Regulator helmets.

NOCSAE is responsible for upholding the standards of lacrosse equipment for NCAA, NFHS, and US Lacrosse. With the recent launch of the STX helmet, they have found that the Cascade R and Warrior Regulator do not currently meet the criteria for certification.

Both Warrior and Cascade are working to fix the problem. Each company will have a procedure in place for any players wishing to use the helmets during the month of December (at US Lacrosse, NCAA, or NHFS events). For players not participating during that time, we urge you to hold on to your helmets in anticipation of both helmets becoming certified in time for the season.


Our number one priority will be to take care of our Breakaway customers. Please know that I will communicate all available remedies as soon as possible. I am working closely with these companies and we look forward to a quick solution for our Breakaway customers.

We appreciate your patience as we move through this distraction. If you have any questions please contact me directly at this email or via phone at 303-927-8050.

Thank you for your business!
Collin Knowles



NOCSAE is working closely with us as we develop and test a retrofit to the Cascade R helmet and we are confident a solution will be announced in the coming days. Earlier this week, we had sent technicians to NOCSAE’s testing laboratory to test what we believe to be a viable and simple modification to existing helmets to ensure they comply with the NOCSAE standard.

We have been informed that if we can demonstrate with statistical probability that this modification will meet the standard, NOCSAE will approve the process. If successful, this modification will result in a new model as defined in NOCSAE standards.

We are now working with NOCSAE on the details of that modification, including how it will be rolled out to players and teams currently in possession of the Cascade R helmet. As soon as we have all the details we will immediately communicate the necessary steps to complete the modification.

Thank you for your patience and continued commitment to Cascade during this process. We continue to stand behind the Cascade R helmet and believe this modification will address NOCSAE’s concerns and ensure there will be no further interruption to the sport we all love.
If haven’t already, you can register for R certification information HERE:

Thank you,

Cascade Lacrosse

The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) has announced that the Cascade R model lacrosse helmet no longer complies with NOCSAE standard ND041 and that Cascade’s certification of compliance on that helmet model only is invalid.

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 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.

We apologize for the confusion and disruption cause by today’s announcement. We know you have trusted Cascade and our products for more than 28 years and we will do everything in our power to ensure that trust remains for many years to come.

Thank you,
Cascade Lacrosse