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It depends on who you are and what you are doing. Basketballs come in several sizes. Using the correct size can help prevent injury.

  • Size 3: circumference 22 to 22.5 inches, weight 10-11 ounces, recommended for small children.
  • Size 5: circumference 27.25 to 27.75 inches, weight 16.6-18 ounces recommended for boys and girls under 12 years old (junior league).
  • Size 6: circumference 28.5 to 29 inches, weight 20 ounces, recommended for boys ages 12-14, and girls and women ages 12 and up. This is the official game ball for women's high school, university and professional Basketball.
  • Size 7: circumference 29.5 to 30 inches, weight 22 ounces, recommended for men and boys age 15 and up. This is the official game ball for men's high school, university and professional basketball.
  • Size 8: circumference 33.5 inches, recommended for women's shot training.
  • Size 9: circumference 36 inches, recommended for men's shot training.
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