Check out some of the common questions we get from customers about Pearl X lacrosse balls below.
The sponsorship with US Lacrosse names Pearl as the Official Ball of US Lacrosse through 2020. The new “Official Ball of US Lacrosse” title will not force teams to use Pearl balls outside of US Lacrosse sanctioned events, but it is recommended as Pearl meets the current NOCSAE ball spec. All US Lacrosse sanctioned events beginning in 2017 have used Pearl lacrosse balls. This partnership is strictly a joining of forces to a common goal – a ball that meets the NOCSAE specs for a softer, safer ball of which a percentage of proceeds from each sale goes toward the US Lacrosse Sports, Science & Safety Committee to aid their efforts in making the sport safer.
Unused balls* may be returned for a full refund within sixty (60) days of purchase, minus the cost of original shipping fees (where applicable). Unused balls may be exchanged for another color (depending on availability) at any time. Customer will be responsible for all shipping fees. Refunds and exchanges will be given once the returned Pearls have been received at the Guardian office. Contact us to start the return or exchange process. *Personalized, custom, or made to order Pearl lacrosse balls are NOT eligible for returns or exchanges.
Pearl X and NX balls are manufactured in Rhode Island, but our raw materials used during the manufacturing process are made in Georgia.
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 Guardian 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. Contact Us.
Absolutely. Pearl X and LT balls are SEI certified and meet the current NOCSAE/NFHS/NCAA standards. The balls are official for game and practice use. Pearls manufactured after 12/2016 meet the NOCSAE ® 049-15m17 standard.
Pearl X’s longevity and performance is unmatched due to our innovative chemistry and top quality materials.
The lifetime of a lacrosse ball can vary from person to person so we can’t say for certain, but we can say with confidence that you will never have to throw out a Pearl X or NX for being greasy or hard. We have customers using the same balls they purchased in 2015. Pearl X and NX balls don’t grease, but may get dirty. You can wash your Pearls with dish soap and water to clean and remove any dirt buildup on the balls.
We’ve used an innovative chemistry and a different manufacturing process versus standard balls. To get sciencey and nerdy, rubber lacrosse balls are compounded and consist of vulcanized rubber with chemical plasticizers to make them soft. Pearl X and NX lacrosse balls are made from a crosslinked compounded elastomer with no chemical plasticizers.
There are two main advantages to Pearl X balls:
Guardian ships same day for order received before 2pm EST Monday – Thursday. If you order on Friday, your order will ship the following Monday. We ship via FedEx Ground or 2Day, which can take 3-4 business days or 2 business days respectively to arrive.
No. Pearl X and NX balls are not made from rubber like traditional lax balls, and therefore do not contain latex.
Our new Pearl buckets can be difficult to open. You can find a video showing how to open them on our Instagram page. Pull (cut if necessary) the pull tab on the lid until it snaps. Pull the tab around the rim of the bucket until completely removed. Pop the lid open. If it’s difficult, man up, or use pliers!
Pearl X balls are official for game play and come in white, yellow and orange. Pearl LT balls come in white and yellow. We also have our blue Pearl NX no-bounce lacrosse balls for practice. Lime green, specialty colors and neons will be looked at down the line.