September 1, 2021
NAERA (National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association), NOCSAE (National Operating
Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) and helmet manufacturers are informing you of
reconditioning and recertification recommendations for football, lacrosse, baseball and softball helmets.
NAERA recommends that during every football, lacrosse, baseball and softball season or practice period,
every helmet should be cleaned and inspected regularly by a school or organization staff member with
knowledge of manufacturer recommendations. We further recommend every helmet should be
reconditioned and recertified annually unless stated otherwise by the manufacturer. ONLY a company
licensed by NOCSAE can perform the recertification of football, lacrosse, baseball and softball helmets.
For a list of NAERA members that are licensed by NOCSAE please visit our web site www.naera.net.
More information regarding NOCSAE and their standards can be found at www.nocsae.org.
Reconditioning/Recertification and Sanitization Post Covid-19: NAERA recommends every football,
lacrosse, baseball and softball helmet be reconditioned and recertified prior to being issued to all athletes,
unless stated otherwise by the manufacturer. NAERA further recommends that nonrecertifiable equipment,
including but not limited to, football and lacrosse shoulder pads, chest protectors and shin guards be
sanitized in accordance to manufacturer guidelines.
On January 1, 2017 NOCSAE put into effect standard ND 001 6.1.1 shown below.
ND 001 6.1.1. Helmets intended to be recertified shall have a recertification interval provided by the
manufacturer. Certification life is limited to this time period. Helmets not recertified during the stated
interval shall no longer be certified. Recertification interval required for warranty validation shall
satisfy this requirement.
What does ND 001 6.1.1 mean for your school or organization? For Football helmets, as of this writing,
the requirements from all football helmet manufacturers for recertification is a minimum of every other
year. If you acquired new helmets in 2019 these helmets will need recertification per this standard for
Helmets that have a lapsed certification per NOCSAE DOC. 001 may be recertified under most
conditions. Always ask your NAERA representative if you have doubts. Remember when your team
Captain or Coach tells the official your team is legally equipped, you need to know that is correct
Every state association playing under NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) and
NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) rules has adopted the NOCSAE standards for football,
lacrosse, baseball and softball helmets. Other state associations may have similar rules; however, most
support the helmet manufactures recommendations.
Please make certain your school or organization is using a reconditioning company licensed by NOCSAE.
Tony Beam, BA, E.S., CAA
Executive Director, NAER