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Im interested in learning how basketballs are made. Can you point me in some direction?
starting from scratch, what materials do i need, and how can i put them together to make a basketball?
- Jason (age 12)
Beck Middle School, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States o
Traditionally, basketballs were made using a rubber bladder (like a
very sturdy rubber balloon) sealed inside of a sewn leather case.
Later, a cloth lining was added between the rubber and the leather to
add strength. Today, basketballs are made of flexible plastic shaped by
a mechanical mold. The ball is pressurized by pumping air through a
small hole on its side.
It would be quite an undertaking to make a basketball yourself, but
you could probably do it the old fashioned way if you really wanted to.
You'd need to get some leather and sew the pieces together around a
very sturdy inflated plastic ball or balloon. Sewing leather can be
kind of tricky, but you can do it with a bit of practice and a tool
called an awl.
For more information on basketballs and the history of the sport, click here
(republished on 07/19/06)
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