The following excerpts have taken from Football Canada’s Purchasing and Maintaining Football Equipment handbook to assist managers of amateur football teams in purchasing, fitting, maintaining, storing and inventorying their football equipment and clothing. To obtain the handbook in it’s entirety contact Football Canada or your local Provincial Football Sport Organization
All new football helmets are certified to meet the performance standard set by the National Operating Committee for Sports Equipment (NOCSAE) http://nocsae.org/ when they leave the factory.
Those helmets which meet the NOCSAE standard must bear the seal, “Meets NOCSAE standards” and the logo for that type of helmet. The seal and logo are permanently branded or stamped on the outside rear portion of the helmet. All NOCSE-certified helmets also must have a standard warning label affixed to the inside and/or outside of the shell regarding safety and proper use of the helmet. Removal of any warning labels is against the regulations of the NOCSAE standard.
The NOCSAE standards do not specify or require recertification or reconditioning of helmets on any particular schedule or frequency.
- NOCSAE and the National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association (NAERA) http://www.naera.net/ recommend that helmets should be cleaned and regularly inspected, and that each school and or community association implement a program of regular reconditioning and recertification. The most common schedule is to send approximately half of the helmets for reconditioning and recertification every year, with recognition that inspection may identify a helmet that is in need of reconditioning even though it may not be due for another year.
- A manufacturer may premise warranty coverage upon regular reconditioning and recertification, but that requirement is not mandated by the NOCSAE standards.
- A manufacturer is free to limit the number of times its helmet may be reconditioned.
Recertified helmets are identified by an appropriate NOCSAE seal affixed by the reconditioner inside the helmet: “This helmet has been RECERTIFIED according to the procedures established to meet the NOCSAE STANDARD”. Only reconditioners who have been licensed by the NOCSAE may affix the NOCSAE seal.
The National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association (NAERA) has announced that it will no longer accept football helmets for reconditioning and recertification which are more than 10-years old.
The 10-year cutoff will be determined by the manufacturer’s date. For example, at the end of the upcoming 2011 football season, any helmet dated 2002 or older will not be reconditioned/recertified.
NAERA is an association of 21 athletic equipment reconditioners and 4 helmet manufacturers who are licensed by the National Operating Committee for Sports Equipment (NOCSAE) to recertify helmets according to the NOCSAE standard.
Recertified helmets are identified by an appropriate NOCSAE seal affixed by the reconditioner inside the helmet: “This helmet has been RECERTIFIED according to the procedures established to meet the NOCSAE STANDARD.” Only reconditioners who have been licensed by the NOCSAE may affix the NOCSAE seal.
Source: Mom’s Team
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