Which Basketball is Better for My Program?

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basketball buying guide

At S&S Worldwide we sell over 200 Basketball Products, so if you’re unsure which ball is best for the needs of your program, event or activity – this guide will help you. There are many things to consider like where you will be using it, how old and the size the participants will be using the basketball and ofcourse – your budget. We are here to break down the differences of our basketballs for you based on size, material, definition and brand. Plus we’ve included a link to our favorite basketball activities from PE Central here and you shop 20% off the basketballs at S&S Worldwide, by clicking here. 

SIZES OF BASKETBALLS

Size Basketballs come in a variety of sizes and different terms are used somewhat interchangeably to describe them.
Term Size/Number Circumference / Inches Description / Uses / Ages
Official 7 29-3/4” Used for most men’s professional, recreational and high school leagues. Also used by women in some international competitions like the Olympics.
Intermediate 6 28.5” This size ball is used for most women’s professional, recreational, high school and middle school leagues. It is also often used for boys middle school leagues and games.
Junior 5 27.5” Used for elementary school aged kids.
Mini 3 22” Mainly used as a toy, not suitable for playing basketball.

easy guide for basketball sizes

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March Printable Fitness Challenge Calendar

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Our March Fitness Challenge Calendar is here!

We teamed up with the Alliance For A Healthier Generation to create this basketball themed fitness calendar for the month of March 2018. Here is the link to the download, which is a total of pages with visuals:

Printable Fitness Calendar March 2018

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STEM & STEAM Activity Ideas for Physical Education

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STEAM and physical education

Whether you have been challenged to integrate STEM concepts into your PE class, your school is having a STEAM activity day/night or week, or you are looking to partner with Science and Math teachers in your school to enhance learning for your students – we have gathered up a few activities to inspire you.

Why You Should Try Teaming Together STEM and Physical Education?

We have heard from many PE Teachers that finding activities that incorporate STEM are not exactly “easy”, but the benefits of doing so can be very beneficial to students. Research from our friends at Active Schools tells us that kids who get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day are more successful in school. PE Teachers that are actively pairing STEM and PE by incorporating physical movement into lessons are seeing the effects it has on the retention and understanding of important science and math concepts. Continue reading



Featured PE Teacher – Jason Leach

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This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Jason Leach!

jason leach pe teacherAbout Jason Leach:

I teach at Independence Elementary in Keller, TX. This is my 11th year at Independence Elementary and my 24th year of teaching. We currently have 541 K-4th Grade students that I have the privilege of seeing twice a week. Continue reading



10 Basketball Lesson Ideas for PE

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basketball pe lessonWhile looking through the thousands of lesson ideas published on PE Central, we found many basketball related activities published over the past 20 years. With that in mind, we thought it might be helpful to put some of our favorite basketball lesson ideas on one page so teachers could find them easily. If you are interested in teaching dribbling with finger pads to young children, teaching the proper techniques for chest or bounce passes, or if you want ideas for teaching youngsters how to shoot a basketball, you have come to the right place! We even found an amazing, unedited, 22-minute basketball lesson that we list first!

Basketball Lesson Ideas for PE

Teaching Dribbling

  • Elementary PE Dribbling with Basketball Lesson Video – Watch Elementary PE Teacher Tom Winieki teach a lesson on basketball dribbling to his 4th graders. This video will give you a great perspective on how to effectively teach the skills of basketball in a very small space. Watch how he differentiates instruction for so many children.

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