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Tips For Selecting The Right Basketball


Although the basketball is seemingly uncomplicated there are many different types and styles that you’ll need to consider when it comes time to make a purchase. With a variety of sizes, construction type and features your possibilities are endless. A good way to simplify the selection process is to focus on how the basketball will be used. For example, some typical uses are:

  • Child's Toy - Durable and inexpensive, rubber basketballs are less expensive than some other outside toys and can take the abuse of being left outdoors. Youth size basketballs by brands like Nike and Reebok Mini Balls would be a great place to start.
  • Casual Game Play - For players looking for a good overall basketball on outdoor courts, two options exist: rubber or synthetic leather basketballs. Generally rubber balls are more durable and less expensive, however they often don’t possess the important leather game ball feel. Synthetic leather basketballs from brands like Spalding, Rawlings, Nike and more tend to have a much more delicate feel, but will deteriorate more quickly on rougher surfaces.
  • Organized League - League players often play indoors and if that’s the case, a leather ball may be the best choice for you from brands like Wilson, Spalding and more. Featuring and improved grip and light feel, leather basketballs are favored by pros and amateurs alike. However if you’re league plays outside, then a good ball with a synthetic covering would last longer and be less expensive.