NOCSAE Standards

The following are two ground-breaking NOCSAE performance standards that will go into effect in 2018 and 2019:

  • The world’s first chest protector performance standard for commotio cordis for baseball and lacrosse. Learn more here.
  • NOCSAE’s revised football helmet performance standard. This is the first standard to limit rotational forces involved in many concussions. Manufacturers will be required to meet the revised standard in 2019. Read more here.
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News

February 14, 2019
NOCSAE Winter Standards Meeting Update: Report on Youth Football Helmet Standard Research and Evaluation of Potential New Safety Standards

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (February 14, 2019) ― Leaders in sports equipment safety convened for the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) winter standards meeting in Phoenix on February 1. The Standards Committee acknowledged and discussed modifications to existing standards and evaluated the possibility of creating new standards for flag football head protection […]

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February 5, 2019
Revision to Lacrosse Ball Standard ND049 Available Now for Review

A revision which defines the term “slightly textured,” found in section 6.1.2 within the Standard Performance Specification for Newly Manufactured Lacrosse Balls (ND049), was presented to the board at the NOCSAE Winter Board Meeting on Feb. 1, 2019. A vote on this revision will be made at the NOCSAE summer meeting on July 26, 2019. […]

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September 17, 2018
NOCSAE Standards Committee Establishes New Effective Date for Revised Football Helmet Standard

A priority focus for NOCSAE has been the development of a football helmet standard to limit rotational accelerations involved in many concussions. The revised football helmet standard, which was finalized in 2017, utilizes a complex software program to collect helmet performance data during pneumatic ram testing. On June 15, 2018, the software developer advised NOCSAE […]

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Mission

NOCSAE is an independent and nonprofit standards development body with the sole mission to enhance athletic safety through scientific research and the creation of performance standards for athletic equipment.

NOCSAE Board Updates

In Memoriam

John Miller, M.D., a long-standing board member and past president of NOCSAE, died on June 27, 2018. Miller, a former director of the Indiana University Student Health Service who also worked for Indiana University as a physician, director of sports medicine, and professor of kinesiology, attended NOCSAE meetings as a representative for the American College […]

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Upcoming Meetings

Summer Standards Committee Meeting
Boston, MA
July 26, 2019
Winter Standards Committee Meeting
Phoenix, AZ
January 31, 2020