Reconditioning & Recertification
Regular reconditioning and recertification ensures that athletic equipment continues to meet the performance standards you expect. Annual reconditioning will not prevent injuries, but it does ensure that every athlete is issued clean, sanitized, inspected and repaired equipment – and in the case of helmets, recertified to the NOCSAE performance standard. At the same time, the effective life of that equipment is prolonged and athletic costs are reduced in the long run.
FOR GROUP RECONDITIONING ORDERS
Team or group reconditioning orders can be set up through the local Riddell representative in your region.
If you do not know the name of your representative, or require your rep’s contact information, you can access Riddell’s representative listing HERE.
FOR INDIVIDUAL RECONDITIONING Orders
Send helmet or shoulder pad to Riddell at the following address:
669 Sugar Lane
Elyria, OH 44035
It is important to include all portions of the address as your shipment, including Inside Sales, as your shipment may not be properly routed without this designation present.
Please remove all chinstraps, visors/eyeshields & mouthguards prior to shipping any helmets – these items will not be reconditioned and Riddell Sports is not responsible for their return.
Please include the following personal information INSIDE the packaging:
• Shipment tracking number (if applicable)
Once Riddell receives the shipment a representative will reach out for payment and order approval.
Please allow 4-6 weeks for turnaround on individual orders.
WHAT YOU DON’T SEE IS WHAT IS MOST DANGEROUS
Smelly, odorous equipment is the least of an athlete’s worries when bacteria, viruses and mold infect their team’s athletic gear. Players who wear athletic gear that has not been sanitized face many other health risks, including MRSA, a strain of antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus, is striking athletes at an alarming rate and with dire consequences.*
RECONDITIONING MORE THAN JUST THE OUTSIDE OF A HELMET
During Riddell’s reconditioning process your equipment and apparel is placed in the Sports-O-Zone machine, a system with a kill rate of greater than 99.9% on Staph and MRSA bacteria. This system kills the bacteria, viruses and mold that are hidden in your equipment and apparel using Ozone, one of the strongest oxidants and disinfectants available, leaving your equipment and apparel completely sanitized without the added use of sprays at any time during the process.
*Sports Illustrated, February 23, 2005
The Reconditioning Process
After receiving your shipment at a Riddell reconditioning facility, equipment is carefully sorted and labeled.
Face masks and hardware are removed.
All decals are removed.
Impregnated helmet is buffed and polished to provide a smooth, blemish-free surface.
Helmet is sanded to remove the smallest of imperfections to create a smooth, blemish-free surface.
Helmets are cleaned and sanitized by hot, pressurized water and then rinsed.
Helmets are moved to a climate-controlled drying room.
Riddell Staph-Fighter™ uses Sports-O-Zone sanitizing treatment which has a kill rate of 99.9% on STAPH and MRSA bacteria.
Helmets are closely inspected for hairline cracks and any other defects.
Interior parts are reinstalled and replaced, if necessary, with new parts.
All reconditioned helmets are recertified to the NOCSAE standard.
Interior helmet components are taped in preparation for painting.
Spray booths provide painter with a moving line of primed helmets. As helmets approach the booth, they spin to facilitate the smoothest application of paint.
Helmets are dried in a climate-controlled room.
Wax is applied to impregnated shells.
Face mask and hardware are reattached.
Original manufacturer warnings, labels and a recertification seal are applied.
Team decal and logos are applied.
Accessories are reattached.
Completed helmet is placed in a poly bag and gathered with the remainder of your equipment for final inspection. No Compromises.