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Sports Balls is a group of sports enthusiasts interested in the official specifications of balls used as sports equipment. As hobbyists, we are continually amazed at the level of detail used to accomplish fair play.

Skittles: Older than the Candy

Old English Skittles

A popular regional version of the game Skittles, which much resembles bowling, is known as Old English Skittles.  Originating in the Greater London area, Old English Skittles uses nine pins and a cheese. A cheese is disc shaped, ranging from 8.5 to 12 inches in diameter and made from very heavy wood.

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Pickleball for the Whole Family

Started one summer in 1965 when no one could find a shuttlecock to play badminton, Pickleball got its start using a whiffle ball, a low-set badminton net and solid paddles made of wood. A badminton court and tennis-like rules were combined for this ad hoc family game to be played with two to four players.

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Beer Pong (21 and Older)

Beer pong is best known as a drinking game that is typically played in college by people of legal drinking age. This game is now played worldwide in tournaments that have specific rules and regulations for the game. 

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Camogie Calls it a Sliotar

Camogie is an all female sport that is played all over the world but is very prominent in Ireland. Camogie is Hurling but for women. Players to use a wooden stick called a hurley to hit a small ball called a sliotar  between the opponents’ goalposts. If the ball goes over the crossbar, the scoring team earns one point. If the ball goes under the crossbar into a net guarded by a goalkeeper, the scoring team earns one goal, which is equivalent to three points.

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Foosball – One Size Does Not Fit All

Table football or table soccer are other names that are commonly used for the recreational room sports game of Foosball. This game is similar to the game of soccer (football) but is an indoor game that is played with semi stationary characters attached to a horizontal rod in a larger box. The object of the game is to get the ball into the opponents goal; the team with the most points is the winner.

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Skeet Shooting – They Call it a Ball

Skeet shooting was first created in 1920 to help hunters improve their wing shooting skills. From its popularity this past time has turned into a competitive sport that is even played in the Olympics. The game is played where two targets are shot from different houses that are across a field from each other. The shooter uses their shotgun to hit both targets before they hit the ground.

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