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Pee Wee to College – Setting the Standard for Football Sizes

Pee Wee to College – Setting the Standard for Football Sizes

Specialists at Big Game USA explain the differences between official size footballs, along with a few interesting facts about the uniquely shaped American Football…

The game of football is a staple in American culture. Every weekend in the fall, college and pro teams compete live before millions of spectators in the stands and watching on TV. And while they may not get any TV time, even more youngsters throughout the U.S. compete in Pee Wee, Youth and High School leagues. For many, Friday nights are every bit as significant as the nationally televised games over the weekend.

Of course, the fundamentals of the game are roughly the same whether it’s an 8-year old playing in a local Pee Wee league or a multi-million dollar all-pro player. But the size of the football is a whole different matter.

Regardless of whether you’re just tossing a ball in the backyard or on a formal team, the football you’re using must be suitable for the players’ age group. No official standards exist for dimensions and weight of a football, which is why Big Game is taking the lead in the industry by setting the standard.

Pee Wee Footballs

Designed for the youngest players, the Pee Wee size football is small enough for a young child to grip and throw the ball.

  • Target Age: 6-9 years old (5th grade and below)
  • Average Weight: 10 ounces
  • Long Circumference: 24 inches
  • Short Circumference: 17.5 inches

Junior Footballs

As the young player grows and becomes more comfortable with throwing and handling the football, he or she is ready to move on to the next size ball.

  • Target Age: 9-12 years old (6th grade)
  • Average Weight: 11 ounces
  • Long Circumference: 25 inches
  • Short Circumference: 18.5 inches

Youth Footballs

By this point, the young player is entering adolescence and growing rapidly. Therefore, he needs a ball to keep up with his development both in hand size and skill.

  • Target Age: 12-14 years old (7-8th grade)
  • Average Weight: 12.5 ounces
  • Long Circumference: 26.25 inches
  • Short Circumference: 19.25 inches

High School Footballs

Your young player will soon be an adult and therefore needs a football to match his growing hand size and skill. High school footballs manufactured by Big Game USA are built to standards outlined by the NFHS and NCAA. From this point forward, the footballs will roughly be the same size.

  • Target Age: 14+ years old (9-12th grade)
  • Average Weight: 14-15 ounces
  • Long Circumference: 27.75 to 28.5 inches
  • Short Circumference: 20.75 to 21.125 inches

College Footballs

The difference between high school and college footballs is negligible. By the high school years, a player’s hands are pretty much fully developed. Each Big Game college football is customized to the quarterback’s unique preferences. All footballs, however, must fall within the guidelines set forth by the NCAA.

  • Target Age: 17-18+ years old
  • Average Weight: 14-15 ounces
  • Long Circumference: 27.75 to 28.5 inches
  • Short Circumference: 20.75 to 21.25 inches

There is in fact one more size beyond college footballs, and that’s the balls in professional leagues.

Although high school, college and pro footballs have similar specifications, a pro football is a little larger than a college ball. We invite you to continue browsing our blog and website to learn more about official size footballs. If you have any questions about your players’ specific needs, please call us at (972) 292-0700, connect on Facebook or Twitter, or stop by our metro-Dallas manufacturing facility today!

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