28.5″ basketballs are also referred to as “intermediate” or “size 6″ balls. Women’s leagues including the WNBA, college and high school use 28.5″ basketballs. Girls in 12+ leagues and middle school boys (ages 12-14) also use 28.5” basketballs.
What size of basketball does middle school use?
A regulation basketball (Men’s International Size 7), used in the professional, college and high school game, and even in middle school, is between 29.5 and 30 inches in circumference and weighs between 20 and 22 ounces.
What size is an 11 year old boy?
General Size Guide
Why is WNBA ball smaller?
The smaller and lighter basketball was introduced to make women’s basketball more interesting to spectators because female players tend to shoot from longer distances more often than men do, and they generally have more accurate control of the ball when shooting (Logan, 1978).