BASKETBALL | HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT BASKETBALL
Picking the right size of basketball requires some knowledge of the sports. Which size of basketball you choose is going to be determined by your age, gender, and types of basketball courts. Lau Chun Sing, aka Kingcivilian, is here to share with you some tips on how to choose the right basketball for street and outdoor courts.
1. WHY IS CHOOSING THE PROPER SIZE BASKETBALL IMPORTANT?
Sing: “It is very important to pick the right basketball because playing with an incorrectly sized ball can have long-term negative effects on a player’s technique. When younger players use a larger basketball, they tend to compensate by shooting with both arms or dropping the shoulder, thus developing bad shooting habits.
Additionally, different leagues have various restrictions regarding the size, material, and colour of the basketball. So how to choose the right basketball? In my coaching experience, all primary schoolers will use size 5 balls, girls in middle school will use size 6 whereas boys will use size 7. Different sizes of basketball are made specifically for different age groups and genders.”
2. ARE THERE ANY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN INDOOR AND OUTDOOR STREET BASKETBALLS?
Sing: “Absolutely! Budget-friendly basketballs are best to play outdoors and on street courts. Basketballs made with premium materials are prone to collecting dirt and dust, so they should be used for indoor playing.”
4. HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT BASKETBALL FOR KIDS?
Sing: “Basketballs similar to Tarmak BT500X (Composite leather) are ideal for kids as the polyurethane cover gives the ball an excellent grip.”
6. WHICH BASKETBALL IS THE BEST FOR INDOOR PLAY?
Sing: “Most of the indoor basketball courts are made from polished hardwood which delivers good bounce while dribbling, as opposed to concrete floors. Microfibre basketballs offer better grip and feel than composite basketballs, making them a better choice for indoor play. But they are more prone to collecting dirt and dust, so this type of basketball is not recommended for outdoor or street courts.
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Chun Sing Lau has played in both the A and B Divisions of the Hong Kong basketball league and currently plays for On Ching. Due to his frequent street appearances, he is very popular among local basketball fans. Before becoming a seasoned professional, he would visit outdoor courts all across Hong Kong and learn new skills from other players.