They don’t have to be!
There have been a couple of Forum discussions about the price of balls and the general consensus was they are so expensive because we keep buying them.
About 6 months ago, I bought some Jugs balls on Amazon and took them to our indoor recreation center. The reaction I got was, “Oh. We can’t play with these. They are too squishy and, besides, they are not USAPA approved.”
Well, guess what? They ARE USAPA approved.
So, I did some research and found all the USAPA-approved balls. The price difference in balls is astonishing.
Below is a PDF that has a list of all the balls that the USAPA has approved, the price of the balls (when I could find it) and a link to the balls on Amazon. Why Amazon? Because I don’t have the patience to poke around the internet and survey many different sites and, besides, I like the free shipping I get with my Prime membership.
All the links in the PDF can be clicked, as were the links in my other PDF file.
One more comment – you should be able to play with any approved ball. You just have to make adjustments.
Here is the file: