Lacrosse ball

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PEARL X Lacrosse Ball

A lacrosse ball is the solid rubber ball that is used, with a lacrosse stick, to play the sport of lacrosse. It is typically white for men's lacrosse, or yellow for women's Lacrosse; but is also produced in a wide variety of colours.

The old NCAA specifications are:

Mass
140 g – 147 g
Diameter
62.7 mm – 64.7 mm
Rebound
From 1,800 height 1,092 – 1292 mm (70% rebound from falling point)
Rubber content
65%

The new NCAA specifications are: Color: Can be white, yellow or orange Circumference: 7 3/4 and 8 inches Weight: 5 and 5 1/2 ounces Must be solid rubber

Ball must also be dropped from a height of 72 inches upon floor and needs to bounce at least 43 to 51 inches .

According to the 2015 and 2016 Men's Lacrosse Rules and Interpretations: "The ball shall be white, yellow, orange or lime green smooth or slightly textured solid rubber. The ball must meet the current NOCSAE lacrosse ball standard." Later, in further defining the required specifications, the document states: "The measurements for the ball shall include the following: The ball shall be of white, yellow, or orange solid rubber. The ball may measure between 7 3/4 and 8 inches in circumference. The ball may weigh between 5 and 5 1/4 ounces in weight."[1]

Beginning with the 2014 season, all three governing bodies for lacrosse in the United States (US Lacrosse, NFHS, NCAA) have mandated that only balls meeting the NOCSAE ball standard may be used for competition. Balls must be emblazoned with the words "Meets NOCSAE Standard" in order to be deemed legal for play by game officials.

Starting by June 2016, all lacrosse balls have had to meet the new NOCSAE Standard.[2] for use in official NCAA and NFHS play. Canadian official games require CLA approvals.

History[edit]

Originally known as "stickball" ,earliest lacrosse balls were made from buckskin, wood or rocks.These were made naturally and was meant to keep the game connected with nature. This was until Dr. William George Beers wrote down new rules to the game in , in the 1860's. Lacrosee was played by eastern Woodlands Native Americans and by Plains Indians Tribe. This game was then modified by European colonizers to North America to create the collegiate and professional form it is today.

Manufacturers[edit]

The only US manufacturer of Lacrosse Balls is Guardian with the PEARL X Lacrosse Ball. It is the only lacrosse ball with a 100% grease free warranty. PEARL X lacrosse balls are made of polyurethane vs latex rubber that hardens and becomes slick over time. It is similar to the innovation Titleist made with it ProV-1 golf ball when they replaced Balata rubber balls with their polyurethane ProV-1 in 2001. Other brands import their latex rubber lacrosse balls from China: Warrior Sports, STX, Brine, Champro, Wolf. Signature Lacrosse was removed from the SEI certified list in 2020 and 2021 for falsifying safety specifications to the NOCSAE organization and were selling unsafe lacrosse balls.

Wolf Athletics is the official ball supplier of the Premier Lacrosse League.[citation needed]

On January 14, 2022 at the US Lacrosse Convention, REPS Lacrosse revealed the first "Smart" Lacrosse Ball dubbed the "R1 by REPS".[3] The ball comes equipped with an patented embedded suite of sensors which tie into the REPS Lacrosse App. This marked the first major development in lacrosse ball technology since the PEARL-X lacrosse ball introduced a "non-grease" ball.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2015 and 2016 Men's Lacrosse Rules and Interpretations" (PDF). NCAA Publications: 2015 and 2016 Men's Lacrosse Rules and Interpretations. October 2014. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-08-09. Retrieved 2016-06-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "REPS Lacrosse App | R1 Smart Lacrosse Ball | #1 Lacrosse Training App". 2021-09-15. Retrieved 2022-01-31.

https://www.nfhs.org/media/3812049/2020-sei-user-notice-sl-17.pdf