How to choose a basketball
Basketballs come in varying sizes for different types of players. Generally, the size of basketball to purchase is determined by the age of the players – as younger players have smaller hands, they will use smaller basketballs.
Full-sized basketballs are used in professional National Basketball Association (NBA) and the international Basketball Federation (FIBA) leagues. They measure 29.5 inches (75 cm) in circumference and are recommended for older players, usually ages 12 and up.
New international size 6 basketball have a circumference that range between 28.5 to 29 inches (72.4 cm) and is the official size for Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) league.
The recommended basketball sizes for youths aged 12 years and below have a circumference that range between 27.25 to 27.75 inches (68.5 cm).
Different kinds of courts
The surface ground of outdoor courts are generally rougher compared to indoor courts which are usually less abrasive. Using the wrong type of basketball can make bouncing awkward, and will cause the surface of the ball to wear off faster. There are mainly three types of materials used for producing basketballs, for different types of basketball courts.
Composite leather is a synthetically produced material that feels like leather. Synthetic basketballs can be used on both indoor and outdoor surfaces. Unlike leather, synthetic leather does not need prolonged usage for the material to break in. Such basketballs give better control and grip.
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