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Question Number: 6712

Law 2 - The Ball 10/27/2003

RE: youth ref Adult

ralph shelley of Huntington, ny usa asks...

Yesterday, I had a ball burst and fortunately it came a throw in. It was raining hard and I was wondering if the.water weight caused it. Should a ref changed the ball mid match if it gets water heavy?

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer 10/27/2003

The ball must weigh between 410 and 450g (14-16 oz) when a size 5. 11-13 oz when size 4 and 11-12 if a size 3. If the weight is determined to have exceeded those limits it should be changed. My referee bag does not contain a scale, does yours? ..I don't think it possible for water to cause the ball to burst, must have been coincidence. ..Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino 10/27/2003

Unless your ball had a hole in it. I doubt it was filled with water

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