How to Choose the Correct Size of Basketball

In order to rule the court in basketball, you need the right ball size. An unsuitable ball size can harm your skills and dampen your performance. When you cannot get a proper grip, you are not able to move the ball as you would like to, and this prevents you from feeling in control. Understanding what size ball you need is key in order for you to enhance your game and feel more confident.

In addition to size, weight is a significant factor as well. Since every person is different, both size and weight are equally important. A young child will be unable to shoot the ball correctly with proper form if the ball is too heavy, causing them to drop their shoulder, twist, and sling the ball up to the basket, or in some cases, flick the ball with both hands. Youth basketball balls are lighter, and men's and women's basketballs are also different. Men’s basketballs are often heavier. 

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, Goalrilla is your guide to choosing the best basketball for your level of play. 


Size 7 basketballs measure 29.5” in circumference and have a standard weight of 22 oz. Size 7 basketballs are the regulation official size ball for men’s professional basketball associations, as well as men’s college and high school basketball leagues. This size is suited for ages 15 and up. We offer three men official size balls including the Anniversary Basketball, our Indoor/Outdoor Basketball, our Men's HandleLife Heavy Weight Training Ball and the Hype Basketball.


Size 6 basketballs measure 28.5” and have a standard weight of 20 oz. Size 6 balls are slightly smaller than size 7 basketballs, making them ideal for players with smaller hand spans. Size 6 balls are the official ball size for women’s professional basketball associations, women’s college, and high school basketball leagues, and in youth leagues for players 12 and up. Shop our Women's HandleLife Heavy Weight Training Ball and our Women’s Hype Basketball here.


For players aged 8-11, size 5 basketballs are the correct size for play. With a circumference measuring 27.5” and a standard weight of 15 oz, this is the regulation official basketball size for youth leagues. Shop our youth ball here.

In choosing a basketball that is right for you, it is also important to consider the playing environment, whether you are playing on a polished wood court or in your driveway. The design of basketball has also evolved as playing styles have become more technical. The internal structure, channel depth, and cover construction of Goalrilla basketballs have been designed to help basketball players perform better wherever they are playing. As a result of their high durability, Goalrilla basketballs maintain all the pliability, grip, and performance of traditional leather basketballs, while their durable composite materials allow them to withstand dirt, moisture, and other elements, extending their life and playing ability. As a result, every Goalrilla basketball can be played indoors and outdoors.

Whether you are just playing for fun or if you are aiming to reach the main stage, having the right tools can make all the difference. When you have found the right basketball, you will be able to focus on improving your skills, playing to the best of your ability, and enjoying your favorite game.

Shop all of our Goalrilla basketballs here Indoor/Outdoor Basketballs & Accessories.

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