How to choose your handball?
THE DIFFERENT SIZES
Apart from your talent, the ball is the most important element in high-quality play. The handball should be spherical, and is made up of an envelope of leather or synthetic material. The outer surface must be neither shiny nor slippery.
The ball should be selected according to age and level:
Size 0: no IHF (International Handball Federation) regulations:
- For children under 8, at school level.
Size 1: IHF size 1, 50-52 cm, 290-330 grams.
- For female teams aged 8-14 and male teams aged 8-12
Size 2: IHF size 2, 54-56 cm, 325-375 grams.
- For female teams aged 14 and above, and male teams aged 12-16
Size 3: IHF size 3, 58-60 cm, 425-475 grams.
- For male teams aged 16 and above.
Decathlon has a handball ball to suit you whatever your age, sex or level.
THE BALL: COMPOSITION AND TECHNICAL DETAILS
Handball requires a sturdy, long-lasting ball that can withstand impact with the floor. With intensive use, this impact can damage and deform the ball.
Because of this, the ball should be made from a high-quality material such as rubber, allowing the ball to be extremely resistant and hard-wearing. The outer coating, in particular PU (polyurethane), allows it to resist abrasion while remaining supple, even in the coldest arenas. Leather is also used to make the handball extremely lost-lasting and resistant to wear and tear.
The ball is made of three parts:
1: The panels
- 32 in number.
- Must be sewn by hand.
- Composition: a leather or synthetic, spherical envelope.
- The outer material must be neither shiny nor slippery.
2: Lamination layers (2, 3 or 4)
- High-range polyester or a polyester-cotton mix, with glue.
- Outer layer: rubber (resistance), TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) and foam (suppleness), PU (polyurethane) (more pleasant, longer life, repeated hits, more adherent to the touch).
- Butyl: synthetic, excellent pressure retention.
- Latex: natural, porous and cheaper, but deflates.
- Functionality: bounces, is lively, and respects its trajectory.
HOW TO INFLATE YOUR HANDBALL?
The handball is inflated to between 0.4 and 0.6 bar or 5.8 and 8.7 PSI.
Consequences of a ball being badly inflated:
- Underinflated: not round, without optimal bounce, soft.
- Overinflated: seriously deformed, hard, unusable.
After each training session or match, it is important to take the ball out of your sports bag to allow it to dry. This way, it will remain supple for longer. If your ball is made of leather, take care to wax it regularly with natural vegetable resin. Leather is a material that needs to be well maintained: your ball will thank you for it!