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. Please review this revision in advance of the meeting and contact us with any question, suggestions or objections at 913-888-1340, or email Mike Oliver at or Scott Halstead at

NOCSAE, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, is an independent and nonprofit standards development body with the mission to enhance athletic safety through scientific research and the creation of performance standards for athletic equipment. Formed in 1970, NOCSAE is a leading force in the effort to improve athletic equipment and, as a result, reduce injuries. NOCSAE efforts include the development of performance and test standards for football helmets, gloves and facemasks, baseball and softball batter’s and catcher’s helmets, baseballs and softballs, ice hockey helmets, soccer shin guards, lacrosse helmets and facemasks, and polo helmets. NOCSAE is comprised of a board of directors representing stakeholders from a number of groups – including consumer and end users, equipment manufacturers and reconditioners, athletic trainers, coaches, equipment managers, and academic and sports medicine associations. These diverse interests have joined forces in an attempt to arrive at a common goal of reducing sports-related injuries. NOCSAE is a nonprofit, charitable organization supported by individuals and organizations with an interest in athletics. For more information, please visit