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NCAA Basketball

Finally, a sport that has so many similarities between the men’s and women’s rules that they are published together. The NCAA offers rules for both in one publication.

Section 15. The Ball
Art. 1. The ball shall be spherical.
Art. 2. The ball’s color shall be the approved orange shade.
Art. 3. The ball shall have a deeply pebbled leather cover or a composite cover.
Art. 4. The ball shall have the traditionally shaped eight panels, bonded tightly to the rubber carcass.
Art. 5. The width of the black rubber rib (channels and/or seams) shall not exceed 1/4-inch.
Art. 6. When dribbled vertically, without rotation, the ball shall return directly to the dribbler’s hand.
Art. 7. The air pressure that will give the required reaction shall be stamped on the ball. The ball shall be inflated to an air pressure such that when it is dropped to the playing surface from a height of 6 feet measured to the bottom of the ball, it will rebound to a height, measured to the top of the ball of:
a. (Men) Not less than 49 inches when it strikes its least resilient spot nor more than 54 inches when it strikes its most resilient spot.
b. (Women) Not less than 51 inches when it strikes its least resilient spot nor more than 56 inches when it strikes its most resilient spot.
Art. 8. a. (Men) The circumference of the ball shall be within a maximum of 30 inches and a minimum of 29-½ inches.
b. (Women) The circumference of the ball shall be within a maximum of 29 inches and a minimum of 28-½ inches.
Art. 9. a. (Men) The weight of the ball shall not be less than 20 ounces nor more than 22 ounces.
b. (Women) The weight of the ball shall not be less than 18 ounces nor more than 20 ounces.
Art. 10. The home team shall provide a ball that meets the specifications listed in this section. The referee shall judge the legality of the ball and may select for use a ball provided by the visiting team when the home team cannot provide a legal ball.
Note: It is recommended that the home team provide the visiting team with warm-up balls of the same type as the game ball.

References:
Basketball ‘Ball’ Rules for Men and Women – www.naia.org/fls/27900/1NAIA/resources/sid/Rule%20Books/BASKETR.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=27900
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