Basketball Sizes For Every Age

basketball sizes by age

In the sport’s world basketball can be found in various sizes in different categories. So, NBA has fixed the size of selecting basketball for all ages basketball lovers. Basketball is a speedy game of continuous moving so getting injuries by playing the is very obvious and the tension will break a player’s concentration too. So, the selection of the appropriate ball is very emergent.

Does size really matter?

Size matters because the weight of basketball really matters. The bigger the size makes the heavier the ball and the heavy ball is not in favor of good playing. Imperfect ball refers to that ball which does not go with your age or height and the imperfect ball can be harmful even players can be injured during playing or practicing. An imperfect ball is enough to annihilate a new or experienced player's splurge. So, take the game in the peck of the standard level size of a basketball really matters.

Standard Size of Basketball

If we consider the baskets and basketball court the ball is the most momentous thing to play the game. The NBA has declared the standard size of a basketball and that is 29.5 in circumference but according to WNBA, it will be 28.5 inches in circumference.

Age Schedule of Choosing Basketball



Suited For

Official Size - 7

29.5 inches in 22 oz

mens high school, college, and the NBA

Intermediate Size - 6

28.5 inches in 20 oz

girls in high school, college and the WNBA

Youth Size - 5

27.5 inches in 17 oz

youth age 5 to 9

Junior Ball - 4

25.5 inches in 14 oz.

Junior age 3 to 7

Mini Size - 3

22 inches in 10 oz


Micro-mini - 1

16 inches in 8 oz

Baby or Kids

# Age limit: 15 years and over

Recommended size 7 having circumference 29.5 inches (standard size) in 22 oz. Which is also known as the “Official Size”. Specially made for the men of high school, college, and the NBA.

# Age limit: 12 to 14 years

Recommended size 6 having circumference 28.5 inches in 20 oz. Will be the best choice for both boys and girls (especially for girls). It is called the “Intermediate Size” which is usually used in Youth League. This is especially recommended for the girls in high school, college and the WNBA.

# Age limit: 9 to 11 years

Recommended size 5 having circumference 27.5 inches in 17 oz. This is best for the youth as it is known as the “Youth Size” it is recommended for youth age 5 to 9 (both boys and girls)

# Age limit: 5 to 8 years

Recommended size 4 having circumference 25.5 inches in 14 oz. This is for the juniors that’s why this is called “Junior Ball”.

# Age limit: 3 to 5 years

Recommended size 3 having circumference 22 inches in 10 oz. It is called the “Mini” the second smallest basketball over the market.

# Age limit: below 3 years old

Recommended size 1 having circumference 16 inches in 8 oz. It is the smallest size of basketball till today called “Micro-mini".

Advantages: of having a perfect Basketball

  • Basketball is a physical stress demanding game. Required size and weight will alleviate the stress from your shoulders.
  • For flexible playing, nothing can be as good as a perfect basketball. It can serve you the level highest of satisfaction.

Most of the players are in a dilemma to choose the congenial basketball to play and pick up the wrong one which affects their game very badly as it propulsive to bad shooting. Basketball ball being too large or too small comprising with the assertion will hamper a player physically, mentally and very importantly to the game. Your basketball can be your first and the biggest defense on the way to success is the best in your game. So, choosing the appropriate basketball should be the first biz.

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