Summer 2021

How to Choose a Basketball

Whether you’re new to the sport or looking to step up your performance, choosing the right basketball for your needs will help you train for a slam-dunk performance. Check out our comprehensive guide below to find the perfect basketball for you.

Use: Who will be using it?

Before you start looking at the variety of basketballs available, you should consider what size basketball you require and if you are planning on using it indoors or outdoors.

Types of basketballs 

Composite Basketballs: Composite basketballs are perfect for outdoor and indoor courts. Although they have a leather-like material, they are usually made of other materials. Use these for an enhanced performance on the court. 

Rubber Basketballs: Rubber basketballs are best for outdoor courts, such as asphalt, due to their bounce.


Official Size (Size 7): Official-sized basketballs weigh 20 to 22 ounces and have a circumference of 29.5 inches – the official size regulated by the National Basketball Association (NBA). These basketballs are ideal for males aged 13 and over. 

Mid-Size (Size 6): Mid-size basketballs weigh 18 to 20 ounces and have a circumference of 28.5 inches – the officials size regulated by the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). These basketballs are perfect for males aged 9 to 13 and females aged 9 and over. 

Youth-Size (Size 5): Youth size basketballs weigh 16 to 18 ounces and have a circumference of 27.5 inches. These basketballs are ideal for children aged 9 and under. 

Basketball Lingo

Bladder: The inner part of the ball that maintains the air pressure for proper inflation and air retention. 

Winding: The winding is made of nylon and it adds durability and structural integrity to the ball.

Carcass: The basketball carcass provides shape, structure, and protection for the inner components of the ball as well as air retention. This is often also found in composite basketballs. 

Cover: The cover of the basketball provides grip to the player. The cover can be made up of rubber or composite materials.