FAQS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What makes The Pearl different? Why won’t it grease over time like all the rest?
We’ve used an innovative chemistry and a different manufacturing process versus the standard balls. To be sciencey and nerdy with you, rubber lacrosse balls from Asia are compounded and consist of vulcanized rubber with chemical plasticizers to make them soft. The Pearl lacrosse balls are made from a crosslinked compounded elastomer with no chemical plasticizers.
There are two main advantages to The Pearl:
1) The chemical plasticizers in the rubber balls are the main culprits for a greasy ball because they separate from the elastomer over time, especially with extreme temperature, sun exposure, precipitation, and friction. The Pearl lacrosse balls' engineered elastomer crosslinks at the time of manufacture and helps the ball keep a more consistent surface texture.
2) The Pearl chemistry yields an advanced material that won’t harden or change over time like the vulcanized rubber used in standard balls (and car tires).
How much longer will The Pearl last?
It’s so new, we don’t have an exact idea yet. You’ll have to let us know how much longer through your experience with The Pearl. Based on field trials and feedback, our estimation is that it will last 8-10x longer with normal play than a standard ball. The good news is that as The Pearl ages, the surface texture will not get slicker and slicker and affect your game. The softer spec for 2017 means a softer ball, which will show more wear and tear when thrown against a wall.
Why are the Pearls more expensive?
See answers to #1 and #2. We hope that buying Pearls saves you money in the long run! A better question would be: “Why are other balls so cheap?” As in golf – you get what you pay for. You can buy a cheap surlyn cover ball that feels like a rock, or you can pay more and get a ProV1 with the necessary spin around the greens to score. Does the current cheap lacrosse ball help you score, or is it hurting your game? Don't you want to practice with the same grip ball as you would play the game with?
Why do I need a better ball?
Why does a surfer wax his board? Why does a golfer re-grip his clubs? Why is pine tar banned for pitchers in baseball? Texture and grip matters in sport, maybe the most in lacrosse. Passing and shooting with a slick lacrosse ball doesn’t release the same from the mesh and affects your accuracy as well as your power. You can play the guessing game and wonder if your standard ball is still grippy enough or you could get some Pearls.
Is it NOCSAE certified?
Absolutely. The Pearl is SEI certified and meets the current NOCSAE ® 049-14m14 standard and NFHS & NCAA specs for game and practice use. Pearls manufactured after 12/2016 also meet the voted on and passed NOCSAE ® 049-15m17 standard that will go into effect in July 2017.
Where are they manufactured?
The Pearl is the first lacrosse ball that is made in the USA. The balls are manufactured in our facility in Louisville, CO.
What colors are available?
At present, we have the standard colors: white and yellow. Orange and lime green are both in our future. We’ll look to add specialty colors and neons down the line.
What is the warranty on The Pearl?
We have a grease free guarantee. If the product is broken or not suitable for play due to a manufacturing defect, within 30 days of being ordered, it may be eligible for replacement. In all cases, replacements are handled with the manufacturer directly. Any defects must be manufacturer defects and not scratches, discoloration, or dings due to game or practice play. An original proof of purchase is required for warranty. Once an exchange is authorized by the manufacturer, it will be necessary for the customer to mail, at their expense, the defective ball. Once received, if the ball is deemed to be defective due to manufacturing defect, a replacement will be sent at the manufacturer’s expense and the damaged ball becomes the property of the manufacturer.
What does it mean to be the Official Ball of US Lacrosse?
The sponsorship with US Lacrosse names The Pearl as the Official Ball of US Lacrosse through 2018. The new "Official Ball of US Lacrosse" title will not force teams to use The Pearl balls outside of US Lacrosse sanctioned events, but it is recommended as The Pearl meets the current and future 2017 NOCSAE ball spec. All US Lacrosse sanctioned events beginning in 2017 will use The Pearl. This partnership is strictly a joining of forces to a common goal - a ball that meets the new NOCSAE specs for a softer, safer ball of which proceeds from each sale will go towards the US Lacrosse Sports, Science & Safety Committee to aid their efforts in making the sport safer.
What makes The Pearl different? Why won’t it grease over time like all the rest?
We’ve used an innovative chemistry and a different manufacturing process versus the standard balls. To be sciencey and nerdy with you, rubber lacrosse balls from Asia are compounded and consist of vulcanized rubber with chemical plasticizers to make them soft. The Pearl lacrosse balls are made from a crosslinked compounded elastomer with no chemical plasticizers.
There are two main advantages to The Pearl:
1) The chemical plasticizers in the rubber balls are the main culprits for a greasy ball because they separate from the elastomer over time, especially with extreme temperature, sun exposure, precipitation, and friction. The Pearl lacrosse balls' engineered elastomer crosslinks at the time of manufacture and helps the ball keep a more consistent surface texture.
2) The Pearl chemistry yields an advanced material that won’t harden or change over time like the vulcanized rubber used in standard balls (and car tires).
How much longer will The Pearl last?
It’s so new, we don’t have an exact idea yet. You’ll have to let us know how much longer through your experience with The Pearl. Based on field trials and feedback, our estimation is that it will last 8-10x longer with normal play than a standard ball. The good news is that as The Pearl ages, the surface texture will not get slicker and slicker and affect your game. The softer spec for 2017 means a softer ball, which will show more wear and tear when thrown against a wall.
Why are the Pearls more expensive?
See answers to #1 and #2. We hope that buying Pearls saves you money in the long run! A better question would be: “Why are other balls so cheap?” As in golf – you get what you pay for. You can buy a cheap surlyn cover ball that feels like a rock, or you can pay more and get a ProV1 with the necessary spin around the greens to score. Does the current cheap lacrosse ball help you score, or is it hurting your game? Don't you want to practice with the same grip ball as you would play the game with?
Why do I need a better ball?
Why does a surfer wax his board? Why does a golfer re-grip his clubs? Why is pine tar banned for pitchers in baseball? Texture and grip matters in sport, maybe the most in lacrosse. Passing and shooting with a slick lacrosse ball doesn’t release the same from the mesh and affects your accuracy as well as your power. You can play the guessing game and wonder if your standard ball is still grippy enough or you could get some Pearls.
Is it NOCSAE certified?
bsolutely. The Pearl is SEI certified and meets the current NOCSAE ® 049-14m14 standard and NFHS & NCAA specs for game and practice use. Pearls manufactured after 12/2016 also meet the voted on and passed NOCSAE ® 049-15m17 standard that will go into effect in July 2017.
Where are they manufactured?
The Pearl is the first lacrosse ball that is made in the USA. The balls are manufactured in our facility in Louisville, CO.
What colors are available?
At present, we have the standard colors: white and yellow. Orange and lime green are both in our future. We’ll look to add specialty colors and neons down the line.
What is the warranty on The Pearl?
We have a grease free guarantee. If the product is broken or not suitable for play due to a manufacturing defect, within 30 days of being ordered, it may be eligible for replacement. In all cases, replacements are handled with the manufacturer directly. Any defects must be manufacturer defects and not scratches, discoloration, or dings due to game or practice play. An original proof of purchase is required for warranty. Once an exchange is authorized by the manufacturer, it will be necessary for the customer to mail, at their expense, the defective ball. Once received, if the ball is deemed to be defective due to manufacturing defect, a replacement will be sent at the manufacturer’s expense and the damaged ball becomes the property of the manufacturer.
What does it mean to be the Official Ball of US Lacrosse?
The sponsorship with US Lacrosse names The Pearl as the Official Ball of US Lacrosse through 2018. The new "Official Ball of US Lacrosse" title will not force teams to use The Pearl balls outside of US Lacrosse sanctioned events, but it is recommended as The Pearl meets the current and future 2017 NOCSAE ball spec. All US Lacrosse sanctioned events beginning in 2017 will use The Pearl. This partnership is strictly a joining of forces to a common goal - a ball that meets the new NOCSAE specs for a softer, safer ball of which proceeds from each sale will go towards the US Lacrosse Sports, Science & Safety Committee to aid their efforts in making the sport safer.