If you don’t ask “why,” you probably don’t have much curiosity. Shame on you. You accept things at face value whether they are facts and figures, superstitions, beliefs or actions. Why would a person not want to know more about the world around him or her and ascertain the cause behind the effect? There I go asking the word upfront in this blog. It is second nature to me. Wouldn’t it enrich your life to get inside human reasoning and the way things or people function? I cannot stress this enough. I don’t see how people can be so rote and never question anything. These are the ones I call conventional and dull. I prefer more creative thinking and a spirit of inquiry. Try my method and ask “why” whenever you can and see what I mean. You will find conversations and social engagements to be more meaningful.
Recently, a friend was talking about coaching kids in after-school basketball. He went on and on about the lower height of the hoop and what was regulation in competition. He talked about playing in the gym and also outside for fresh air when the weather permitted. Why did the kids have a choice? What difference did it make? I also asked if he used various types of basketballs in each case. Of course, he replied. Another “why” left my lips.
Here is what he said. Whatever the team sport, there is a definite required type of equipment. Indoor and outdoor balls suit the environment, particularly the flooring as it can vary from wood to concrete. It may or may be smooth in a pick-up game. You want a ball that is versatile with great handling characteristics. An outdoor version must be durable and high-grade synthetic material. You want long play life in both cases. Practice balls for use at home can be one all-purpose type as parents don’t have indoor courts. Of course, not. Just make sure when you purchase it, that you check with the salesman or online about its ideal location.
Since I seemed interested, he said that there is more to know. He sent me an email with more information, and directed me to https://www.ballersguide.net/best-basketballs-for-indoor-and-outdoor-use/. Other than durability and materials, you want to know if it wears easily and loses air over time. These would be the cons. In the pros column are good bounce, easy and effective handling, and proper air retention. You get what you pay for. A pro ball is of course going to cost more, but it will tick off every checklist. A ball for a tournament is going to be a professional model. For practice, you can skimp a bit on the budget.
I soon knew more than I cared to know about indoor and outdoor basketballs. It simply boils down to quality and performance. I did ask “why” and I got an answer, albeit a long-winded one. Maybe I will limit the times I use the query. Ha! Who knows, someday I might buy a ball for a youth group.