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Frequently Asked Questions

Please find below a list of sports related questions that will hopefully help you with your purchasing on Sportingbilly.com

Cricket

What size cricket ball should I buy?

A junior (under 13) will use a 4 Ύ oz ball. After that age (under 14s-senior) a 5 ½ oz ball will be used. Women use a slightly lighter ball which is 5 oz.

What size cricket bat should I buy?

HEIGHT (ft) BAT SIZE

Under 4’ 0

4’- 4’3” 1

4’3” - 4’6”2

4’6” - 4’9” 3

4’9” - 5’ 4

5’ - 5’3” 5

5’3” - 5’5” 6

5’5” - 5’7” Harrow

5’7” – 5’9” Small men’s

5’9” – 6’ Short handle

6’ plus Long handle

Are cricket bats already knocked in?

Most bats will require some knocking in. the amount needed will depend entirely on the manufacturer. This will require a certain amount of knocking in with a bat mallet or a suitable alternative. If the bat is bare willow it will require the application of linseed oil.

Football

What size football should I buy?

A size 1 ball (mini) can be used by all ages

A size 2 ball (midi) is used by children aged 3-6

A size 3 ball is used by children aged 6-9

A size 4 ball is used by children aged 9-14

A full size 5 ball is used by people aged 14 and above

What football kit sizing format do you use?

Sizes depend on the different manufacturers. Below is the link to our manufacturers’ size guidelines.

Hockey

What size hockey stick should I buy?

HEIGHT (ft) STICK SIZE (inch)

Under 3’ 24

3’ – 3’4” 26

3’4” – 3’6” 27

3’6” – 3’10” 28

3’10” – 4’ 30

4’ – 4’2” 31

4’2” – 4’4” 32

4’4” – 4’7” 33

4’7” – 5’ 34

5’ – 5’4” 35

5’4” – 6’ 36.5

6’ – 6’4” 37.5

Above 6’4” 38.5

How do you mould a mouthguard?

All mouth guards packages should have instructions attached. The guard should be put into a cup of boiling water for 30 seconds. Then take the mouthguard out of the water and place it in your mouth making sure you bite down hard and are pushing against your teeth. The mouthguard should then not fall off your teeth when you open your mouth.

General

Where can I find a size guide?

Size guides are available here: http://www.sportingbilly.com/size-guide.htm

Netball

What size ball should I buy?

Netball has 2 different ball sizes. Players under the age of 10 use a size 4 ball. All players in age groups above under 10s including seniors use a size 5 ball.

Rugby

How do I choose the correct head guard size?

To measure your head precisely use a tape measure from the ears up to the forehead and around. This will give you a head measurement to ensure you purchase the correct size.

What size rugby ball should I buy?

Size 1 is a mini ball

Size 2 is a midi

The sizes above aren’t playable but are novelty balls

A size 3 ball is used by mini rugby age groups (under 7s-9s)

A size 4 ball is used by juniors age groups by under 10- 14's

A full size 5 ball is used by all age groups above this (under 15s-senior)

How do I choose the correct head guard size?

To measure your head precisely use a tape measure from the ears up to the forehead and around. This will give you a head measurement to ensure you purchase the correct size.

How do you mould a mouthguard?

All mouth guards packages should have instructions attached. The guard should be put into a cup of boiling water for 30 seconds. Then take the mouthguard out of the water and place it in your mouth making sure you bite down hard and are pushing against your teeth. The mouthguard should then not fall off your teeth when you open your mouth.