Change to Size 5 Spalding Balls

Basketball Victoria has made the decision to implement the use of Size 5 basketballs for their competition structures commencing from January 2022.

Players will continue to use a Size 6 Basketball (under-14 boys/under-14 girls and older) as well as the Size 7 Basketball (under-16 boys and older) in Basketball Victoria competitions.

The recommendation paper provided by Basketball Victoria cites several overseas case studies  that show a positive correlation in both performance and enjoyment with appropriately sized equipment including the International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching (2019). Adopting a size 5 basketball allows younger players and beginners to hone and perfect their skills at an early age.

Click here to read the summary document of the Basketball Victoria Under-12 Size 5 Ball Recommendation Paper.

For the SBA:

These changes mean that from January 2022 we will be implementing the following for our junior domestic competitions:

SBA Boys Domestic Competitions

Under 9 Under 10 and Under 12 – Size 5 Basketballs

Under 14 – Size 6 Basketballs

Under 16 and Under 18 – Size 7 Basketballs

SBA Girls Domestic Competitions

Under 9 Under 10 and Under 12 – Size 5 Basketballs

Under 14 / Under 16 and Under 18  – Size 6 Basketballs

SBA BeeBall and Sabre Cubs Programs (Boys and Girls) – Size 5 Basketballs

VJBL- Sabres

U 12 Boys and Girls- Size 5 Basketballs

The SBA will have Size 5 basketballs available at our online store from 1st October. Some stock is very limited due to everyone preparing for the new regulations.  Purchases can be made online here

Purchase by 29th October and collection will be from the Stadium on Tuesday 9th November or you can select the delivery option for a fee of $13.75.

If you miss this window we will then take orders from 30th October – 26th November and collection will be available from the stadium on Tuesday 7th December or select the delivery option..