We all know how much popular is basketball all around the world. Many people are only fond of watching basketball games whereas many people love to play it as well.
Your basketball must be inflated to play a basketball game, but sometimes, you need to deflate it.
Deflating a basketball is not a common practice, but if the ball is over-inflated or you need to travel with it and don’t have much storage space, you need to deflate it.
If you know how to deflate a basketball, go ahead. If not, then you are at the right place. In this article, we are sharing different ways of deflating a basketball.
Ways of Deflating a Basketball
There are three ways of deflating a basketball.
- By using an air pump and inflation needle
- By using a paper clip
- By using a pen
1. How to deflate a basketball with an air pump and inflation needle
Using an inflation needle to deflate a basketball is the most common and the easiest of methods. Depending on the situation, you can either keep the air pump attached to the needle or remove the air pump. If your basketball is over-inflated and you need to deflate it a little, keep the pump attached. On the other hand, separate the pump and the needle if you need to compress the ball completely.
To deflate a ball using an inflation needle, make sure it is lubricated. You can either use water, gel, or any other liquid to make the needle wet. Next, insert the needle into the air valve of the basketball. Make sure you are pushing the needle in and not pushing the valve inside the basketball. As soon as you hit the bladder pipeline, you will hear the sound of air coming out of the ball.
If your only purpose is to deflate the over-inflated ball, keep the needle inside the valve for about two to three seconds. Get rid of the required amount of air and remove the needle. Next, bounce the ball to check whether the ball pressure is correct. Drop the ball from your chest height, and it should bounce back to your waist level. If it goes above, it means it is still over-inflated, and if there is less bounce, the ball is under-inflated.
However, if you need to remove the air completely, exert extra pressure on the ball with your hands or feet to get rid of the air completely and quickly.
After removing the air as per your requirements, take out the needle slowly and gently. Make sure you are only pulling out the needle and not the valve.
2. How to deflate a basketball with a paper clip
A paper clip can also be used to deflate a basketball, but it is quite risky because there are chances you may puncture the ball from inside. If you don’t have an inflation needle, use a paper clip, but it is not recommended.
Before using a paper clip, make sure the diameter of the air valve is bigger than the thickness of your paper clip. Also, its thickness must be uniform throughout its length.
To start the process, make the paper clip as straight as possible and wet the end of the paper clip you want to insert into the valve. Next, insert that end into the valve slowly and gently. Hold your ball firmly and apply gentle pressure to hit the bladder pipeline. You will notice the air coming out of your ball.
To speed up the process, squeeze the ball with your hands. Don’t rush because your little negligence can damage your basketball. After making the ball flat, slowly pull out the paper clip for storage.
3. How to deflate a basketball with a pen
Another way of deflating a basketball is by using a pen. Always try to use ballpoints rather than gel pens because the refill or tube of a ballpoint is thinner as compared to a gel pen.
To begin the process, take the refill or tube out of the pen. Make sure it is not filled with ink. Dip the refill into any liquid for lubrication and then insert it into the valve. Apply gentle pressure while inserting the refill, and when you hear the sound of air leaking from the ball, stop inserting the refill and allow the air to pass out completely.
Squeeze the ball with your hands to remove the air quickly if you want to completely deflate the ball, like what you did in both the procedures mentioned above.
Other Ways of Deflating a Basketball
If you don’t have an inflation needle and a paperclip or pen, you can still remove the air from your basketball by using the following tools or methods.
- An air pressure gauge can be used to deflate the basketball
- You can also use a bobby pin to remove air from your basketball as per your requirements
- If not, placing the ball into the refrigerator would also help.