Sports Balls

Sports Balls
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.31

     challenging words:    batting, oblong, paddle, indoor, cord, dill, bowling, court, flying, balls, cause, instead, toward, similar, hollow, soccer
     content words:    One American

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Sports Balls
By Brenda B. Covert

1     Soccer balls are for kicking. Baseballs are for batting. Basketballs are for bouncing. Bowling balls are for rolling. Have you ever thought about all the sports that involve balls? There are at least twenty-five!
2     Let's see if you can guess the following sports.

        1. One American sport played in the winter involves kicking an oblong ball that is sometimes called a "pigskin." What is it?

2. This sport involves a small hard ball that is hit with a club. The goal is to send the ball toward a small hole in the ground. What is it?

3. This sport involves a larger ball. It is attached to a tall pole and hangs by a cord. Players use their fists to hit the ball and send it flying in a circle. What is it?

4. This sport involves a set of colored balls on a table. The table has six pockets. The balls are hit with a cue stick. The goal is to cause the balls to drop into the pockets. What is it?

3     Have you ever heard of pickle-ball? No, the ball doesn't look like a dill pickle. It looks a lot like a wiffle ball; it's hollow and covered with holes. Pickle-ball was named after a dog named Pickles. Pickles' family invented the game with some friends in 1965. It is similar to tennis, only it is played on an indoor court with a paddle rather than a racquet. It can also be played in a driveway at home.

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