Sports Ball Weight Comparison
Which sport has the lightest or heaviest balls? Below is a list of ball weights for a wide range of sports. Out of these sports, the lightest is the table tennis or ping pong ball, the heaviest is a tie between bowling and shot put, though in bowling there is range of weights used with 16 lb the maximum allowable weight.
The official ball weights are listed where known. In the case of a range of ball masses, either the range is listed or the average or commonly used size is listed. The ball weight used for adult male competition is used if there is variation in the ball size used for different ages or classes. The standard unit of measurement is sometimes ounces or pounds and other times grams. Whichever the case, the units are converted so that you can compare the weight in either unit.
See also our list of ball sizes.
|sport||weight (ounces)||weight (grams)||notes|
|Badminton||0.168 to 0.194||4.75 to 5.50||the shuttlecock is not a ball, but worth comparing|
|Squash||0.8 to 0.9||23 to 25|
|Tennis||1.975 to 2.095||56.0 to 59.4|
|Baseball||5 to 5 1⁄4||142 to 149|
|Lacrosse||5 to 5 1/2||142 to 156|
|Cricket||5 1/2 to 5 3/4||155.9 to 163.0|
|Field Hockey||5.5 to 5.7||156 to 163|
|Pool||5.5 to 6.0||156 and 170|
|Softball||6.25 to 7.0||178 to 198.4|
|Volleyball||9.2 to 9.9||260 to 280|
|Football (American)||14.0 to 15.0||397 to 425|
|Netball||14.0 to 16.0||397 to 454|
|Water polo||14.1 to 15.9||400 to 450||size 5 (used for male adults)|
|Rugby Union||14.5 to 16 .2||410 to 460|
|Football (Soccer)||14.8 to 15.7||420 to 445||weight for a regulation size 5 ball.|
|Team Handball||15 to 16 3/4||425 to 475||this is for the size III ball|
|Football (Australian)||15.9 to 17.6||450 to 500||A full size ball is a size 5|
|Basketball||22||623.7||weight for a regulation size 7 ball.|
|Pétanque||24 to 28.2 (1.5- to 1.75 lbs)||680 to 800|
|Bowling||256 oz (16 lb)||7.26 kg||this is the maximum size|
|Shot Put||256 oz (16 lb)||7.26 kg||men's weights|
The ball weight information is from a wide range of sources online. Although they are believed to be correct, you should check with official sources if it is important. If you have a correction or a sport ball weight to add, please let us know below.