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FIFA Sets a Standard for Football/Soccer

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In The Laws of the Game 2008/2009, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) addresses both the physical qualities of the ball and what to do if a game ball becomes defective. After more than 100 years as an international governing body of association football, they seem to be quite clear on the rules.

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Major League Lacrosse Uses Orange “Grippy” Ball

orange grippy lacrosse ball new equipment standard lacrosse balls for lacrosse games

Major League Lacrosse was founded in 1991 as a professional outdoor lacrosse league.  The current rules include the use of a shot clock and allow for a 2-point goal to be scored.  While the website does not contain specifications for the ball, the history section of the site does offer this interesting information regarding the lacrosse ball.

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A Ball that Feels Like a Rock When it Hits You in the Head

girl getting hit in the head with yellow lacrosse ball with 2 girls standing in the background standard equipment yellow lacrosse ball

Lacrosse is a sport played when people run around hitting each other with sticks and throwing “rocks”, but not just any rocks these are specifically defined by the NCAA! SECTION 16. The ball shall be white, yellow, orange or lime green smooth or slightly textured solid rubber — between 7-3/4 and 8 inches in circumference, between 5 and 5-1/4 ounces in weight and, when dropped from a height of 72 inches upon a concrete floor, shall bounce 43 to 51 inches at a temperature of 65 degrees to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

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FIBA Has Detailed Rules

making of a basketball 2 steps ball before the rubber is put on and the bottom picture is a black rubber ball getting it orange outer pieces put on standard equipment for basketball balls

As the the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has a big challenge in setting the rules for 213 National federations of basketball throughout the world.

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NBA Chooses Pressure

pressure gauge for basketball standard equipment tool for checking pressure in a basketball ball

There are some references to the circumference of an NBA basketball; however, there is nothing about circumference in the rules. NBA only lists the pressure in the rules governing equipment.

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