1. No styrofoam in the center is allowed. Has to be a rubber band core.
2. You have to find the rubber band or be given a rubber band.
Rubber is heavy. Like a medicine ball. I was surprised by the weight of it.
This ball is so large that the newspaper rubber bands can’t fit around it. A chef donates his escarole rubber bands. Mr. Laszlo Zongor has taught a couple of young people how to start a rubber band ball the correct way.
I believe there are other rules but I can’t remember and he said to not misquote him!!
In Pittsburgh, rubber bands are called gum bands by many!
And yes, I looked it up and there is a guy who claims he has the real deal biggest authentic rubber band ball that he has stretched each band onto, individually. My friend E at work has a ball she started 11 years ago! She said she had started to buy the lettuce, pre washed in a bag and wasn’t getting those nice big fat Romaine bands lately.
I wish I had asked what motivated them to start making the rubber band ball……………….and then the commitment to “growing it”.
And a P.S. from Melinda (his wife) after viewing the post
“I think the last rule you forgot was that the rubber bands cannot be lengthened by tying one to another – each band has to fit entirely around the ball on its own. That’s the challenge at this point: finding bands that are long enough, since most will no longer work. ….Makes it somewhat self-limiting in size!”
Not sure who checks if one is following the rules but wanted to include it, since I forgot!