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Balls are not the major league Rawlings variety, but a WBSC version with slightly different seams. Then again, the WBSC ran out of baseballs at the Americas qualifying tournament in Florida and organizers switched mid-tournament to minor league balls.

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What is it: A scaled down, kid's toy version of baseball in which you're trying to hit a hollow plastic ball with holes cut in one side, using a skinny yellow plastic bat.

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What is it: Rolling balls across the lawn to see who can place their balls closest to a target ball.

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An accessible throw-and-catch game that lends itself more to families. While it may take some time to get adjusted, the large scoopers pick up the lightweight ball easily and allow for more creativity both when tossing and receiving. This inexpensive set includes six colorful handles to make for a lively game. Available at Dick’s Sporting Goods and Amazon

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We’d be remiss if we didn’t include a volleyball set, which includes a net, ball and pump, on our list. Whether you’re an experienced player or a beginner, volleyball offers a chance to develop physical fitness as well as coordination and teamwork. Available at Amazon

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We love this staple of so many kids’ childhoods that offers a fun and easier way to play catch. Ideal for the park or the beach, the ball easily sticks to the paddle however hard it’s thrown or from however far away. The game also lends itself to some acrobatic catches while building coordination and confidence. Available at Dick’s Sporting Goods and Amazon

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This age-old game is relaxing and accessible, although it can become more competitive if you want it to be. Bocce ball involves trying to throw a pair of balls as close to the marker as possible — you may knock competitor’s balls along the way. It can be easily played in a backyard, at a park or on the beach. Available at Amazon

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Elam took a step back after an impressive freshman campaign in 2019. He'll be hard to pass on as a 6-foot-2 corner with elite ball skills if he can fine-tune his technique and become a more reliable tackler. Top needs: CB, LB, OL

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Cat lovers get a kick out of watching their pets play with interactive toys, and that’s why the Crazy Circle is a nice gift for a cat and their human. Your kitty will spend hours batting at the ball enclosed in the circle track while her owner enjoys the show. $14.99 at Chewy. Also available at Amazon.

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Kids of all ages (and even some adults) can struggle with sitting still and remaining on video for class all day. If your child likes to fidget, you might want to consider buying a large stress ball for them to squeeze with their hands or feet off screen. It can help get out some of their energy so they can stay focused on class. If you search online for “giant stress ball,” you'll find plenty of options for under $15.

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NBC play-by-play man Marv Albert announces "Oh! A spectacular move by Michael Jordan!" after he rose for a right-handed layup, encountered the long-armed Sam Perkins, then switched to his left hand and kissed the ball in off the glass on the other side of the rim.

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Makes his All-Star Game debut. Controversy arises with talk of a "freeze out" supposedly led by Isiah Thomas to keep the ball away from the popular rookie. Thomas later denies this was intentional. Jordan shoots 2 for 9, scoring seven points in 22 minutes.

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