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Spalding has introduced a new line called Spalding Rookie Gear.  It is designed and engineered for kids aged 8 and under.  This line of youth-sized basketballs, footballs and soccer balls weigh 25 percent less than standard youth products.  Spalding has designed this innovative product line so that kids in this age group can shoot, rebound, kick and throw more easily.  Spalding believes that this lighter ball will help to build sound fundamental skills and athlete confidence resulting in more success.

Traditionally youth products have been made smaller in size but not appropriately weighted, which can lead to improper form, lack of success, and frustration for the athlete.  A lighter ball creates a better playing experience for kids, allowing them to practice proper fundamentals more easily.  The easier it comes to them the more confidence they will build which will keep them engaged in the sport.  Spalding currently has a basketball, football and soccer ball as part of this line.

BASKETBALL

The lighter basketball will help kids to dribble more successfully, rebound more confidently, shoot farther, and catch easier than ever before and with better form.

The specifications of the basketball are:

        Size 5 ball (27.5" Youth)

        Constructed of high performance composite leather materials

        Geared toward ages 8 and under

        Used for recreational indoor/outdoor play

        Meets all performance characteristics

        Weighs 25 % less than standard Youth size product

        Two styles are available traditional brown and multi-colored.

FOOTBALL

The lighter football will help kids to throw farther and more accurately as well as catch passes easier.  The specifications of the football are:

        Size Pee Wee

        Constructed of high performance composite leather materials

        Geared toward ages 8 and under

        Used for recreational indoor/outdoor play

        Weighs 25 % less than standard Youth size product

        Meets all performance characteristics

        Available in the traditional brown color

SOCCER BALL

A lighter Soccer Ball will help the athlete to kick farther, throw-in easier, and perform better.  The specifications of the soccer ball are:

        Size 3

        Constructed of high performance composite leather materials

        Geared toward ages 8 and under

        Used for recreational indoor/outdoor play

        Weighs 25 % less than standard Youth size product

        Meets all performance characteristics

        Available in two styles yellow/multi-color and purple

Being provided with the right equipment, that is appropriate for age and development level,  will get your child off to a good start.  The ease of using these balls will have a great impact on learning the fundamentals of the game and improving player development.  The easier it is for them to perform the happier they will be and the more fun they will have playing the sport.

For more information visit www.spalding.com/rookiegear