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Cascade Reaches Agreement

Cascade Reaches Agreement with NOCSAE for R Helmet

Cascade announced Friday that it has reached an agreement with NOCSAE, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Eqiupment, on a solution for the decertified Cascade R helmet.

The solution will involve a simple modification to Cascade R helmets currently in the marketplace. NOCSAE has accepted the solution. Cascade's data confirms the helmet, as modified by this solution, meets NOCSAE certification standards. For NOCSAE certification purposes, the modified helmet is treated as a new model, identified as the Cascade R-M, although it will continue to be marketed by Cascade under the Cascade R name.

Moving forward all newly manufactured Cascade R-M helmets will be certified as meeting the NOCSAE standards. A tamper-resistant sticker will be placed on all modified helmets as well as on newly manufactured Cascade R-M helmets to differentiate them from non-certified Cascade R models. Model R helmets that have not been ofifcially modified by Cascade do not meet NOCSAE standards and certification will remain void.

Cascade will make the modification to existing helmets at its Liverpool, N.Y. facility beginning December 16, 2014. The modification will be free of charge for consumers and retailers, including shipping.

"We are extremely pleased that Cascade and NOCSAE have reached an agreement to modify existing Cascade R helmets and put helmets back in play for our loyal customers," said Tim Ellsworth, Global Business Director, Cascade Lacrosse. "We have been working closely with NOCSAE and will work diligently to ensure that all Cascade R helmets returned are modified as quickly as possible. We thank everyone for their patience and support."

To fully reinstate the NOCSAE license, which was suspended in conjunction with the R model decertification, Cascade is cooperating with a review by NOCSAE of certification data for all of its models, and is having a third-party audit of Cascade's quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) processes.

Cascade is currently finalizing its own internal audit and expects the third-party QA/QC audit to be completed by December 18, 2014. NOCSAE will partially reinstate Cascade's license agreement for the production of new Cascade R-M helmets upon demonstratiion of satisfactory audit results fr its QA/QC processes. The license agreement will be fully restored for other Cascade models upon demonstrating that such models certified by Cascade are supported by necessary data.

Cascade is also currently reviewing test results for all of its lacrosse helmets to ensure they meet both Cascade and NOCSAE standards.

Check out our story from last Friday on the background of the situation. NOCSAE announced Nov. 24 that the Cascade R and Warrior Regulator didn't meet NOCSAE standards. For more information from Cascade on completing the process, click here.

Instructions To Return a Cascade R Helmet For Certified Modification

To return a helmet for certified modification, consumers can begin the return process by providing information at this site beginning on December 13 at 9 a.m. Upon receipt of this information, Cascade will send a pre-paid shipping label to you. Once you receive the label, put your Cascade R helmet in a box, affix the shipping label and send the helmet to Cascade. When the helmet arrives at Cascade’s facility, it will be professionally updated with the certified modification and a tamper-resistant sticker will be applied to the helmet to prove it has completed the certified modification. The helmet will then be sent back to you.

Cascade will make the modification to existing helmets at its Liverpool, N.Y. facility beginning December 16. The modification will be free of charge for consumers and retailers, including shipping.

Please Return After 9 a.m. on December 13 to Begin The Return Process


Most Frequently Asked Questions:

1) Will there be a cost for the modification? 
No. There will be no cost to consumers or teams. Cascade will pay for the modification of the helmet and for shipping.

2) How long will the modification process take? 
Although it will depend on volume, we expect that, from the time that Cascade receives the helmet from the consumer, it will take Cascade approximately two weeks to complete the certified modification and ship the helmet back to the consumer. This is a very busy shipping time for carriers and there may be delays that are out of our control. We are working closely with our shipping partners to reduce delays and get these helmets back to players as soon as possible.

by posted 12/12/2014





U13 is close to being filled, but we will be having a waitlist for this age group!!






by posted 11/14/2014

Coach Marty Ward in Goal

Florida Southern head men’s lacrosse coach and our Academy Director Marty Ward has been named to the Iroquois Nationals final 27-man roster for this upcoming summer’s Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships. The FIL World Lacrosse Championships are scheduled for July 10-19 in Denver, Colo.

Ward is one of two goalies named to the 27-man team that features stand-out athletes with experience in both the professional lacrosse leagues, as well as the collegiate game. Several professional All-Stars, along with college All-Americans will take the field for the Iroquois National Team in Denver this summer.

This will be Ward’s third time to play for the Iroquois National Team in the World Lacrosse Championships as he was the starting goalkeeper on the 2006 team after his junior year at Limestone and once again made the team in 2010, but that team did not play in the world championships in England due to a passport controversy.

The Iroquois National Team, who has never finished higher than fourth in a men’s world championship event, could pose a serious challenge this year to the two favorites, the United States and Canada, the only two nations to win the championship since the world championship event was first contested in 1967. Two years ago in Finland, the Iroquois Under-19 Team made history as they defeated the United States for the first time in international field outdoor competition and took home a bronze medal. Ward was an assistant coach on that 2012 Iroquois Under-19 Team.

Ward, who just completed his fourth season at the helm of the Moccasins’ men’s lacrosse program, has compiled a 36-25 record at FSC and led the Mocs to the championship game of this year’s inaugural Sunshine State Conference Tournament and finished the year with a No. 12 ranking in the final USILA Division II Coaches’ Poll. The 11 wins were the most in program history, while its second place finish in the SSC standings is the highest regular season finish for the program since tying for second in the Deep South Conference in 2011.

Along with winning a school record 11 games, the Moccasins also scored a school record 218 goal and averaged 14.53 goal per game in 2014. Additionally, FSC also collected 119 assists on the season and set a new school record mark for points with 337.

As a collegiate player, Ward, who is a member of the Cherokee Nation, played four seasons (2004-07) at Limestone. While at Limestone, the program compiled a 55-9 record during his career and he earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2005 and 2007. In addition, he led the team to four consecutive NCAA Division II national semifinal appearances, including advancing to the championship games in both 2004 and 2005. In 2004, Limestone fell 11-10 to LeMoyne in overtime to finish as national runner-up and was national runner-up in 2005 as they fell 14-13 in overtime to New York Tech.

Ward, who is a native of Syracuse, N.Y., was a two-time team captain and a three-time All-Conference honoree at Limestone. In 2006, he was the MVP of the DSC Tournament and earned Player of the Year honors in 2007 in the Carolinas Virginia Athletic Conference.

A record 38 nations are scheduled to compete in this year’s FIL World Championships. The Iroquois are in the Blue Division and will face Australia, Canada, England, Japan and the United States during pool play for a spot in the championship bracket.


by posted 06/24/2014
Congratulations to all of you on the progress you have made these last few weeks during our annual Summer Skills Clinic!!!  On behalf of myself and all of your coach's, we want to also say thank you for spending a couple hours a week with us playing and learning the game of Lacrosse.  Whether you are a returning player or brand new to the game, we hope you had fun and learned a little something along the way. Playing Lacrosse should be fun and can become a place where you can build friendships that you will have for years to come.

As you all know, despite our best efforts, the one thing we can't control is the weather.  As with every summer season, the weather did create some challenges and forced us to cut-short, or cancel several sessions. (particularly for MS/HS)  In a perfect world we would be able to keep playing every Tuesday and Thursday for the rest of the summer to make up for lost time and keep working on our skills.  However, we are limited by competing demands for field space and will be forced out of Pinecrest next week by Pilot Football.

So, in our best effort to get as close as we can to the planned 12 hours of training, we will be providing two additional training sessions for the MS/HS group this week on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30-8:00.  We know this won't make up for all of the lost time, but it will get us much closer to the goal. Unfortunately, at this time we will not be able to hold any additional sessions for the youth players but keep an eye on the Coyote website for news about our Fall FREE clinics coming in September!!!

Thanks again to all of you who participated and enjoy the rest of your summer!!!...See you in the Fall, and GO COYOTES!
Chris Crusey

by posted 06/23/2014

Garrett Thul, MLL Player for the Florida Launch made a Surprise Appearance to the Academy Training on 6/11/14 ...watch his amazing shooting skills!

by posted 06/16/2014
Look at all those Lacrosse Players


by posted 05/28/2014
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by posted 05/29/2013
Coyotes in the News
Website publisher GameOn4Kids posts an article about the recent Fishhawk Coyotes End of Year Tournament.

Read the article here.

by posted 05/10/2013
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