The 10 Best Junior Basketballs
This wiki has been updated 24 times since it was first published in February of 2016. There's no way around it: learning how to shoot hoops like a pro requires more than a little practice. While an official ball may be too large for an inexperienced kid, these junior basketballs come in smaller sizes to help young athletes develop their skills using gear that's appropriate for their age. Who knows? Your child might blossom into the next LeBron James or Diana Taurasi. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
July 08, 2020:
We decided to pull a few items from the list, including the Baden SkilCoach and the Mikasa BX1008, both of which have serious problems holding air for an extended period of time. We retained the Mikasa NJB, pointing out that it is suitable for both outdoor and indoor use. We also came across reports that the color of the Franklin Sports Grip-Rite 1000 often fades away quickly, so we noted that in the listing.
Some junior basketballs are constructed with rubber, primarily for outdoor use. Some balls can be used on any type of court, while others are designed solely for playing on indoor surfaces. Of our newly added items, the Senston Luminous and Chance Premium are both of the indoor-outdoor variety. They’re also both available in vibrant, non-traditional colors, making them a good alternative for children who will enjoy something flashy and out of the ordinary.
Made with tough rubber, the Spalding NBA Mini is intended for outside play only. As it’s much smaller than a standard basketball, this is a good option for very young kids who have access to an outdoor hoop.
On the contrary, the Baden Elite is a high-end indoor option for experienced players willing to invest in high-quality practice equipment.
MAC-T Sup-R-Safe These are a cost-effective way for a daycare or an elementary school P.E. department to load up on miniature foam basketballs. They can be inflated with a standard athletic air pump, and each set comes with six balls in multiple colors (yellow, red, orange, blue, green and purple). enasco.com
Homecourt: Stay in the Game An interactive mobile app available in the Apple App Store, Homecourt offers fun, engaging basketball training workouts and the ability to track your skill development progress. The introductory version is free, but access to advanced features (for individuals, families or coaches and their teams) requires a monthly or annual subscription. homecourt.ai