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Basketball Dimensions Explained: Weight, Size & Circumference

A complete overview of the various basketball dimensions.

As a new basketball coach, it's important for you to use the proper sized basketball for your practices and games. If the basketballs you're using are too big or too small, they will have a negative impact on your players' ability to dribble, pass and shoot. This will affect their overall performance on the basketball court and cause a great deal of frustration.



Each level of competition has its own official basketball size. These basketballs should always be used during practices and games.

In order for you to become familiar with each of these sizes and to help you select the right basketball for your team, I have included an overview of the different basketball sizes available today.

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Basketball Dimensions, Weight and Size

High School Basketball - Boys

  • Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Junior High Basketball.

  • Basketball Circumference - 29.5 to 30 inches.

  • Basketball Weight - 20 to 22 ounces.

  • Official Basketball Size - 7

High School Basketball - Girls

  • Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Junior High Basketball.

  • Basketball Circumference - 28.5 to 29 inches.

  • Basketball Weight - 18 to 20 ounces.

  • Official Basketball Size - 6

Youth League Basketball - Boys and Girls

  • Ages 8 - 12 will usually use a regulation size girls basketball.

  • Basketball Circumference - 28.5 to 29 inches.

  • Basketball Weight - 18 to 20 ounces.

  • Official Basketball Size - 6

Youth League Basketball - Boys and Girls

  • Ages 7 and under will usually use a junior size basketball.

  • Basketball Circumference - 27.25 to 27.75 inches.

  • Basketball Weight - 14 to 16 ounces.

  • Official Basketball Size - 5





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