Spalding Rookie Gear Soccer Ball - Yellow/Blue - Size 3
- 比标准的青少年球重 25%
- 专为 8 岁及以下儿童设计
Spalding Rookie Gear provides a lighter ball for a better experience. Spalding Rookie Gear is designed to weigh less than standard youth balls for kids 8 and under. A lighter ball creates a better playing experience for kids, allowing them to practice proper fundamentals more easily and build confidence with a ball that is appropriate in size and weight. Watch as your younger athlete learns faster and performs better than ever before.
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We own the soccer ball too (size 3 only)......awesome product. Lighter so the boys can safely kick the ball with more control. They don't have to wildly swing their legs trying to kick the ball far. The soccer ball and basketball are more "dead" in their rebound action and feel. For this age, this is a good thing.....more control on the ball and lower and slower rebounding from the bounce. It really does help reduce the ball bouncing back as much back into your kid's face. You're going to have a tough time not getting your kids to not touch the soccer ball with their hands. The lighter ball allows them to catch the ball easier too - with more confidence. If you want to teach your kid to use their head, they will appreciate the lighter weight/softer soccer ball. My 7yr old son is now starting to use his chest to stop and control shots (he thinks it's neat to use more than his feet - but still forgets to put his arms up sometimes). The lighter ball and reduced rebound just makes this easier for him to execute. I think we'll get a standard size 3 soccer ball once my son reaches 8 years old next year.
The Spaulding rookie gear basketball is the real gem in the product line. The lighter weight allows younger kids to get the ball up to the 8' basketball goal with better mechanics.....no more of this side-arm, throwing or heaving a heavier basketball up there to the rim. This only reinforces this aweful muscle memory that coaches have to spend years re-teaching once they reach 8-10 years old. Like the soccer ball, the basketball has a more "dead" action or feel to it. This is a good thing. These are shorter, younger kids using these products. They do not need a ball that rebounds as high and as fast as a normal basketball. They need to ball to rebound accordingly to their skill level (young kids need more reaction time) and height (lower). We got the colored striped basketball for my boys because (a) that's the one they wanted because it looks more fun, but (b) I can quickly identify it at the gym or park. If my son really wants to play organized basketball in a year or two, then we'll get him a regulation junior basketball. But, I'll be happy that he is learning proper mechanics in the meantime.
Overall, the quality of the products are great. We've owned the basketball for several months and just received the soccer ball and football a week ago. Look, these rookie gear balls are for boys and girls from 5-8 yr old kids using these things. They are just not going to tear them up like older kids and adults would. I really think you're be very satisfied with these products - consider them like toddler cloths. You'll get about 3-4 years out of them. In my experience, the basketball is best for kids 6-9. The lighter weight soccer (size 3) is best for younger, say 4-7. The pee-wee size football is best for 7-9.
These balls are built lighter which is great, because a lot of kids who are playing rec. Spend too much time over emphasizing hitting the ball harder. The lighter ball lets them focus on technique and makes game much more exciting. Our recreational program referees had nothing, but great things to say about these. After all they see every game played! They made comments how the kids could kick the ball much further and that the game moved better than with the other balls. They said it was much funner to watch the games, because it seemed like they were watching older kids play. Players were able to actually clear goal areas during goal kicks, corner kicks were actually a play, and they got to see some shots on goal from out of the box!
This ball makes the game more exciting for both player and spectator and I would highly recommend it for recreational programs. They are a bit pricey so we only got them for game day. For practice the teams used regular balls which is good to help them get used to the heavier ball anyway.
We bought 8 of these and they all held up nicely throughout the year. We planned this as an experimental project and it was successful there was a difference in the way the game was played and we will be using these again for the same age brackets on game days.