Does Resurfacing of Lacrosse Balls Affect NOCSAE Certification?

Discover the Problems Associated with Ball Resurfacing

One of our frequently asked questions is, “Does resurfacing of lacrosse balls affect NOCSAE certification?” Resurfacing used lacrosse balls indeed invalidates the NOCSAE certification standard. When balls are resurfaced, they have been altered to a different condition than when initially tested and certified.  Such changes to a ball through resurfacing can reduce a ball’s weight and circumference. That’s why “the ball scratcher” falls short of the PEARL ball every. single. time. 

Save Money, Time, and Effort

Not only does ball resurfacing pose a safety hazard, but it’s time consuming, tedious, and expensive.  The ball resurfacing bucket can only hold a maximum of 8 balls, which must be sanded for about one minute, making resurfacing a full bucket an incredibly long process. This is only a temporarily fix until they grease once again.  The easy solution is to buy PEARL balls for your team.

Why Ball Resurfacing is Problematic 

Ball resurfacing reduces the circumference of the ball that could then go through face masks and cause serious injury.  Resurfacing balls repeatedly only poses more serious risks and is a greater threat to players.  Ball resurfacing is only a temporary fix to a recurring problem.  This short-term fix is not one that protects players, but actually puts them at risk.  Ball resurfacing is not the answer. 

NOCSAE makes it abundantly clear that ball resurfacing renders the balls illegal. What is the point of practicing with a lacrosse ball that cannot be played with during a game?  Don’t waste your time and don’t waste a rep. Guarantee consistent performance for your players by investing in PEARL.    

PEARL, the Superior Option 

Invest in PEARLs to get more from your team, players, and performance. Ball scratchers aren’t a viable solution to hardened, greasy balls.  PEARLs never grease, never harden, and stay in spec forever. Ball scratchers/resurfacing does not solve the problem. Compression deflection (CD) refers to the hardness of the balls. Previously, the NOCSAE spec requirement was 110-210 CD.  PEARLs proved that they can hold the CD to a max of 150, so the spec was changed to 110-150.  We reinvented the specifications because of our PEARL’s peak performance and ability to stand the test of time. Coaches and players can rely on PEARL because we are the standard. If the CD gets harder than 150, there is a higher risk of body and head damage. To ensure our product performance we tests the COR, the coefficient of rebound-bounce. We shoot the balls out of an air cannon at around 90 mph onto a concrete plate. The rubber balls other than PEARL get harder because they continues to vulcanize, and typically surpass the 150 spec.

Check out how PEARLs are made to ensure peak safety and performance!

Does Resurfacing of Used Lacrosse Balls Affect NOCSAE Certification Standard?…YES