Things You Didn’t Know About Basketballs

OK, so your kid just landed a spot on the school’s basketball team and you want to sound like you know the basics.

Even if you don’t that’s fine; there’s more to basketball than the orange ball and the net.

Here are some quick factoids to help you to put it all together and maybe make you sound like you know what you’re talking about the next time you’re sitting in the bleachers cheering your youth sports player on. According to the experts:

  1. There are many different types of basketballs, including balls in various sizes and made of different materials. The age and sex of the player will determine which size of ball is appropriate.
  2. A full size (7) ball is recommended for men and boys over 12 year of age. The official version is 29.5 inches in circumference and weighs 20-22 oz. The intermediate (6) ball is designed for women and girls of all ages and boys aged 8-12 years. The ball measures 28.5 inches in circumference and weighs 18 to 20 oz. A youth (5) ball is designed for boys and girls ages 4 – 8. The circumference is 27 inches and weighs 18 to 20 oz. A mini basketball is a great recreational ball. It promotes good hand / eye coordination. The circumference is 22 inches and weighs 8 to 12 oz.
  3. After figuring out the correct size of ball, the surface on which the game is to be played should also be considered when purchasing.
  4. Leather basketball balls are typically more expensive than synthetic or rubber covered balls. However, they should only be used for indoor play, since outdoor surfaces could damage the surface of the ball.AC-1013900-2T
  5. A synthetic leather or composite like the Wilson Evolution Basketball cover feels like  leather, but has better durability. These basketballs can be used in either indoor or outdoor. Synthetic basketballs tend to be cheaper than indoor, leather balls because of the less expensive materials used to make them. These balls can be easier to grip because their surface is more “tacky”.
  6. Rubber-covered balls are both inexpensive and durable. The bounce of a rubber ball is different than that of a leather ball, but they’re favored for play on outdoor courts because of durability. More abrasive, outdoor surfaces like asphalt can quickly damage softer leather balls. Outdoor basketballs tend to be the least expensive because of the materials involved in their construction, but they are strictly for outdoor play. Rubber-covered balls also absorb less moisture than their leather.

Now you, too, are an expert on all things basketballs!

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