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Spalding Rookie Gear Indoor/Outdoor Composite 27.5 Youth Basketball
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- Specifically engineered for kids ages 8 and under
- Weighing 25 % less than standard youth-sized balls, this ball is designed to help kids shoot and rebound more easily and successfully
- Manufactured in China
- Lightweight youth basketball from Spalding's "Rookie Gear" line
- Weighs about 25% less than standard youth balls for children age eight and under
- Lighter ball creates better playing experience for kids, allowing them to practice proper fundamentals and build confidence
- Made of performance composite leather for soft feel and outdoor durability
- Size five (27.5-inch youth) ball
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Specifically engineered for kids ages 8 and under. Weighing 25 % less than standard youth-sized balls, this ball is designed to help kids shoot and rebound more easily and successfully. Playing with a lighter ball will help build confidence and enable learning of sound fundamental skills. 27.5
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Initially, the ball was great. the first 11 months
Pros: The colors popped so my kids' ball was never misplaced during practice or open gym with the other kids on the basketball team. All the kids wanted to dribble using their ball. Most of kids on bbal team thought the color was cool and different from the other brown balls. Team used his ball during bball practice drills indoors.
The cons: This ball is supposed to be indoor & Outdoor. We used on primarily indoor for practice and occasional outdoor to shoot with in the backyard. The ball once went into a puddle in the backyard. Big problem here.... This ball is the only ball we had that peeled. All the colors and covering started peeling off after about 11 months of use. We never had a ball peel before.
For short term use great. But, we are going to go buy a wilson brown ball without colors next time.
At any rate, it's a good, solid ball.
But what concerns the ball... srry, but I must call this first class piece of crap! :(
I don't recommend to anyone. It's feels like made from some sort of cheap plastic from China. Indoors, on the floor it does what it wants itself (like living it's own life, it's totally uncontollable), doesn't bounce normally and has nasty plastic bounce sound. We hoped to make our young basketball loving kid happy but unfortunately it went opposite direction. Don't buy this ball if your kid is going in for basketball and want's to train hard ! This piece of crap will ruin kid's basketball handling orientation pretty good :(
This Spalding Roookie Gear ball (brown) is just perfect. Not only is is clearly lighter but it feels better, more grip, softer more leather like feel, and it bounces higher with less effort. I measured the weight of both balls with a digital food scale with both balls at the same 9 psi.
For comparisons here are some more detailed comparisons:
Spalding Rookie Gear 27.5 ball (brown)
13.6 oz (22% lighter than Wilson Street Shot ball), it definitely feels lighter too
bounced half a ball higher when dropped from adult chest height (same psi)
much easier to dribble as it bouces with less effort
softer nicer more leather like feel
Wilson Street Shot 27.5 ball
Feels heavy and hard to bounce
harder surface and feels more like rubber
has good amount of bumps but has little grip, hand slides on surface
My son is doing much better with the new ball.