RECONDITIONING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. What is NAERA?
Q. What is reconditioning?
A. NOCSAE is the National Operating Committee for Standards in Athletic Equipment. This committee was formed in 1969 to make competitive sports as injury free as possible. This organization is made up of leaders from all parts of the athletic industry. The committee-established standards for the testing of football helmets The EHMTS (Electronic Head Model Test System) was developed to measure the protective value or SI (severity index) of football helmets. While the process can be confusing, the result of determining a concussion zone for football helmets was important in helping reduce the incident of head / neck injury in football. Manufacturers certify new helmets with the NOCSAE seal by stamping the seal into the molded shell. Athletic reconditioners recertify helmets using the NOCSAE guidelines / process and will install a dated NOCSAE recertification seal within the helmet. As important as it is to buy football helmets with a NOCSAE stamp, it is equally important that your reconditioned helmets carry a recertification seal. Without the seal you cannot be certain your helmets are recertified. Check for this seal. INSERT SEAL HERE
Capitol Varsity has an EHMTS within its Oxford facility. The system is the newest version and most up to date model available. All helmets reconditioned by Capitol Varsity carry a dated recertification seal. The recertification seal (shown below) is placed on the inside of the helmet after reconditioning is complete. top
A. All new football helmets are NOCSAE approved. Each manufacturer warrants the shell and components if certain rules are followed as the use and care of the helmet. No other warranties are implied. Both major manufacturers note warning as part of their literature and product labels. top
A. Riddell requires “reconditioning on your helmet as least every two (2) years.” Riddell does not differentiate with regard to varsity or youth helmet in this matter. Schutt requires reconditioning “after the second and fourth year of use” and every year thereafter. Although reconditioning is not required to validate the warranty for the junior high and youth helmets, Schutt does recommend that a regular repair and maintenance plan be implemented every year. Capitol Varsity recommends reconditioning every year for high school and college football helmets that were worn during the current season. The recommendations made by the manufacturers relate to helmets that were worn during the current season. The recommendations made by the manufacturers relate to helmet shell and parts warranty and are not specifically tied to equipment / player liability. The final choice regarding when and what is reconditioned resides with the school or organization. top
A. All manufacturers (Riddell, Schutt and Adams) require the use of genuine components to replace defective parts are warranted for a period of two years. All Schutt interior parts are warranted for a period of one year. The Riddell warranty of helmet shells is five years and three years on junior high and youth helmets. All parts carry a one-year guarantee. Both manufacturers require helmet users to perform certain acts in order to validate the helmet warranty. - i.e. reconditioning. top
A. The use of previously used parts of components in reconditioning a second school’s helmets is not a new issue. Some reconditioners have replaced worn out liners, etc. with used liners that were salvaged from rejected helmets, rather than use new replacement liners. Neither manufacturer endorses this practice. It is the policy of Capitol Varsity to return all rejected goods (from jaw pads to helmets) to the customer. Rejected helmets are returned with all components, usable or not. top
A. There are many factors that go into determining the useful life of a football helmet. Most factors are obvious, such as wear and tear: but other factors relate to non-use conditions such as storage, maintenance and environment. The best way to make this determination is to have an expert inspect the equipment. This is where your reconditioner comes into the picture. The reconditioner can help you determine the best cost-effective manner to handle your equipment. In addition to the normal review of your helmets, Its important to know that manufacturers set time limitations on the use of their product. Riddell requires that varsity football helmets be retired in ten years and junior high and youth helmets retired in eight years, regardless of use or viability. Schutt Air has no set time restrictions, only viability considerations. Capitol Varsity and other NAERA members that do reconditioning must abide by the manufacturers requirements. Capitol Varsity will not recondition a helmet that is out of date or that is beyond safety or economic viability. Such helmets will be returned as ‘rejected’ or ‘out of date’ to the school. There is never a cost attributed to this equipment nor the service of inspecting this equipment. HINT: Have your representative show you how to determine the age of your helmets (both Riddell, Schutt and Adams) and a way to project future replacements. top
A. First, the representative is the company to you. He is
your contact and link to the reconditioner and since reconditioning
is not unlike many businesses that use reps, the manner that you
choose to select a rep is similar. The rep should be knowledgeable,
accessible, and honorable. It’s easy to determine the knowledge of
the rep by asking him questions not only about his company and his
services but also about his knowledge of reconditioning (i.e. the
same questions asked in this brochure). A rep might not have an
answer to one of your questions and his researching the questing and
getting back to you with an answer is as important as knowing the
answer on the sport, but a false statement is not what a school is
looking for in a person who will take care of such an important part
of your program – your player’s safety. Is the rep accessible to
answer your questions or provide a service that needs immediate
attention or resolution? It’s easy to get a few recommendations.
Your rep must be honorable as you entrust your players safety to his
care. No shortcuts are acceptable when it comes to player
protection. A part of this quality is character. As an AD, if a
prospective coach applied for a position and spent time denigrating
the other applicants rather than explaining his strengths, you would
be concerned. As a coach, if a recruiter visited you or a player
and spent time berating other coaches and their programs, you would
be concerned. At Capitol Varsity we focus on our business and how
to best serve our customers. We continually strive to improve our
service by hiring individuals who understand not only our industry
but also the needs of our customers. We have positioned ourselves
to be competitive and state-of-the-art, but also to be rated #1 in
serving our customers.
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