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Shirley, Mass., October 21, 2021
All-Star Sports Vice President of Product Development Stan Jurga Jr. appointed to NOCSAE Board of Directors
NOCSAE Adds To Board Of Directors
Posted by SGB Media | Oct 20, 2021 | SGB Updates, Sports/Fitness, Update
The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) announced that Stan Jurga, Jr. was appointed to fill the open sporting goods industry seat on the Board of Directors of the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). Jurga is Vice President of Product Development for All-Star Sporting Goods.
NOCSAE is responsible for setting standards for the equipment in football, baseball, softball, equestrian (polo), lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, and ice hockey. SFIA was involved in the organization’s founding in 1970, and with that, fills two seats on the Board of Directors, currently at 19 members.
Jurga joins Gregg Hartley, SFIA’s lead consultant on standards, who currently serves as NOCSAE Vice President.
Jurga’s roll in the sports industry compliments the position. He currently divides his time between developing new products with his design and engineering team and the point-of-contact for professional athletes wearing All-Star products.
“Our responsibility as board members with NOCSAE is to represent the licensee’s interest in the development, revision or implementation of standards to ensure they meet the highest thresholds of technical expertise and are equitable to licensees, said Tom Cove, president & CEO, SFIA. “Stan’s experience and expertise as an unparalleled engineer are key to ensuring standards are on target and appropriate, and he has a great rapport with the trendsetters in the industry; bringing innovative, real-play tested experience to the table.”
Jurga replaces former board member Shaun Gilday, previously the senior manager, Innovation, Wilson Sporting Goods, who served on its board for four years.
All-Star Sporting Goods had another great opportunity in 2020 to appear on NESN Clubhouse to talk about the science of designing and testing the best baseball equipment on the market. Check out what we've been up to!
Shirley, Mass., April 17, 2020
All-Star Sports Director of Product Development Stan Jurga, Jr. talks tech on The Mound Visit podcast
All-Star Sporting Goods Director of Product Development Stan Jurga, Jr. joined Chris Snusz, CJ Medlin, and Tyler Goodro today on The Mound Visit podcast to talk about all things testing, catching, and the greatest game on earth. Learn more about our own in-house test lab, the science behind helmet testing, and the development of our pro-quality gloves and training mitts by checking out the interview on your favorite platform below.
Shirley, Mass., Oct. 8, 2019
New Zealand Research Finds Head-and-Neck Cooling with Cryohelmet™ Significantly Reduces Clinical Symptom Severity After Sports-Related Concussion Injuries
All-Star Sporting goods, makers of the Catalyst Cryohelmet™ (https://www.cryohelmet.com/home) recently highlighted a new study from New Zealand researchers that features Cryohelmet use in post-concussive sports injuries for male and female athletes. Published in Biomedical Journal of Scientific & Technical Research, researchers studied 35 players with sport originated brain injury (SOBI) and found that application of cooling with Cryohelmet after a SOBI event showed positive support for the overall use of cooling as a treatment. The individuals involved reported that cooling brought a marked improvement of typical SOBI-related symptoms.
“This study identified an observed and pronounced immediate reduction in post-brain injury event clinical symptoms for both male and female players, with selective head-neck cooling.” —Dr. Doug King, Department of Emergency, New Zealand Hutt Valley District Health Board.
Catalyst Cryohelmet: Features
It is known that core and brain temperature are naturally elevated after exertion and cerebral blood temperature normalizes more slowly than body temperature. Normalizing brain temperature quickly after an injury is one of the critical approaches to fostering recovery and reducing long term damage. External cooling applied to the head and neck as a treatment is well studied, and can be an effective mitigating approach to lower brain temperatures and promoting recovery.
The Cryohelmet features an insulating, latex-free neoprene shell with a drawstring adjustment to achieve good contact with the head for better thermal transfer. The inside of the shell is lined with individual, flexible cold packs which contour well to the wearer’s head. The cold packs are fully modular and repositionable, and are held within nylon mesh fabric for moisture wicking and quick drying. All components of the Cryohelmet are washable for repeated use.
Catalyst Cryohelmet: Uses
- Relief from Concussive Injury Symptoms
- Migraine Relief
- Promote Sleep
- Personal Cooling and Recovery
The Cryohelmet is already in use by many current and former professional athletes as well as non-athletes of all ages. Learn more about the science of cooling at: www.IceYourHead.com.
The Cryohelmet™ is produced by All-Star Sporting Goods, a family business that specializes in designing and manufacturing protective products for baseball, softball and football. All-Star® holds many patents and has been on the leading edge of sports equipment development since 1960. They invented the hockey-style helmet for catchers and umpires which changed the face of professional baseball and redefined the established safety standards. All-Star has developed numerous advancements that have become industry standards and continues to push helmet technology forward. Learn more at: www.All-StarSports.com.
Shirley, MA, February 26, 2019 -- Ampac Enterprises Inc. and Force3 Pro Gear, LLC have jointly resolved their litigation over their products and advertising thereof and dismissed their respective claims against each other. The terms of the parties’ settlement are otherwise confidential.
Ampac Enterprises Inc. recognizes that choosing protective headgear is an important decision for a player of any level. Accordingly, it is important for consumers to understand that no mask or helmet provides guaranteed protection from concussion. In addition, Severity Index test results showing one mask or helmet farther below the threshold than another mask or helmet does not mean that one is safer or more protective than the other. In fact, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE), which is an independent and nonprofit standards development body with the sole mission to enhance athletic safety through scientific research and the creation of performance standards for athletic equipment, specifically provides the following with regard to Severity Index data:
There is no single SI number for any single helmet or model. A helmet model in any given size alone may have over 10,000 different SI scores from all samples tested, depending on the number of helmets produced. NOCSAE does not allow SI-related safety claims about one model or brand over another because such claims would be scientifically unfounded and misleading to consumers.
Ampac Enterprises Inc. is a family business focused on quality and detail. Mostly known for having a strong reputation and presence among baseball and softball catchers, Ampac holds many patents and has been on the leading edge of sporting goods development for over 40 years. Many of Ampac’s innovations have become industry standard. According to Stan Jurga, President/CEO, “Player feedback has been fundamental to our success and the evolution of our product line. Simply put, we listen. So when Charlie O’Brien started tinkering with goalie helmets as a way to increase protection for catchers, particularly from bat backswings along the jawline, it made total sense. We quite literally changed the face of the game since the mid 90’s by inventing and developing what most in the industry refer to today as the hockey-style catcher’s helmet. We have not stopped since then. We are routinely testing new designs, new technologies and new materials, such as our magnesium traditional face mask. We will continue to lead the industry in advancing player protection because it is our passion.” Ampac’s on-site impact test lab allows it to vigorously conduct quality control testing on its existing products and engage in extensive research and development on new and improved products. That is how Ampac continues to Move Forward and Rise Above. #MFRA
During 2019, All-Star Sporting Goods was featured in several episodes of NESN Clubhouse. Check us out!
SEI Certifies Chest Protectors for Baseball and Lacrosse Players
McLean, Va., June 22, 2018 – Today, the Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) announced that the first certifications for chest protectors have been issued that meet new criteria from National Operating Committee for Sports and Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). According to NOCSAE, its new standard aims to reduce the likelihood of death from commotio cordis, a disruption of heart rhythm that happens when a player is struck.
The standard supports a test method that provides reliable and repeatable measurements for the evaluation of various types of chest protectors. It is called NOCSAE Standard Test Method and performance Specification Used in Evaluating the Performance Characteristics of Chest Protectors for Commotio Cordis, NOCSAE DOC (ND) 200.
Specifically, the new standard includes requirements for a conditioned, sample chest protector to be positioned on a piece of equipment (NOCSAE Thoracic Surrogate). Then, a projectile (baseball or lacrosse ball) at a defined velocity is propelled at various locations of the surrogate. A laboratory technician measures the peak force which must meet specified NOCSAE pass/fail criteria. Complete requirements for ND 200 may be found at www.NOCSAE.org.
In addition to initial compliance testing of all chest protector models, manufacturers who participate in the SEI certification program must pass a rigorous quality assurance audit of their facility and operate in accordance with SEI quality assurance requirements. Also, all products carrying the SEI and NOCSAE certification label are required to be re-certified annually. This means that all products must be re-tested annually, and the manufacturing facility must continue to successfully meet all SEI quality assurance requirements during follow-up audits.
The first products to be certified are listed below:
CCCP1216 - Size: Ages 12 – 16
CPCC1216S7X - Size: Ages 12 – 16
CPCC1216PS - Size: Ages 12 - 16 CPCC40PS - Size Adult
CPCC79PS - Size: ages 7 - 9
CPCC912PS - Size: ages 9 - 12
CPCC40PRO - Size Adult
CPCC912S7X - Size: ages 9 – 12
UACP3-SRVSCC - Size: ages 12 to 16
UACPCC2-SRVS - Size: Ages 12 - 16 (Senior);
UACPCC2-YVS - Size: ages 7 - 9 (Youth);
UACPCC2-JRVS (Size: ages 9 - 12 (Junior)
Additional certified products will be added when certification is achieved.
Over 2,500 SEI-certified product models are made by more than 150 manufacturers from all over the world. SEI’s programs are built on the use of high-quality technical standards from organizations such as NOCSAE. Information about SEI’s certification program and the most current version of the SEI Certified Product List can be accessed at any time on SEI’s web site, www.SEInet.org. The SEI website includes the SEI Certified Product List which provides certified product model names and numbers, manufacturer’s names, addresses, and contact numbers.
SEI: The Global Leader in Certification
The Safety Equipment Institute (SEI), an affiliate of ASTM International, helps our world work better by providing product and personnel certifications. Since 1981, SEI has served as the world’s premier certification organization for thousands of safety and protective products – from firefighter and baseball helmets to worker’s boots and police gear. SEI works with independent laboratories and quality auditors to administer certification programs for manufacturers seeking to be certified to technical standards. www.seinet.org