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b. Kit "A" (Sports and Games) consists of usual athletic
equipment for playing baseball, football, volleyball, table
tennis, etc., and a small-games unit containing playing cards,
checkers, and other such games equipment.
c. Kit "A-1" (Athletic) is an athletic and athletic repair
kit used by troops and for the laying of playing fields, guidance
and instruction of athletic recreation; consists of basketballs,
baseballs, sports books, boxing gloves, etc. (See fig. 1
and app. par. 2.)
17. CARE OF EQUIPMENT. a. Leather Goods in General.
(1) The most common sources of trouble with leather goods
are high temperature and excessive moisture. Green mold
which forms under conditions of excessive moisture will rot
leather if allowed to accumulate and remain.
(2) In order to prevent green mold rot, leather articles should
be kept in a cool dry place. When wet, leather articles should
be dried immediately at normal room temperature without
the use of artificial heat. If repeated wetting and drying
are encountered, there will be a tendency for a harshness to
develop but this can be overcome by applying neat's-foot
(3) Leather that has become soiled should be cleaned with
saddle soap which is procurable as cleaning and preserving
material (T/BA 28). No other type of soap or drycleaning
fluid should be used.
b. Care of Footballs, Basketballs, etc.
(1) Inflated balls should be stored inflated, but at below
normal pressure. This is particularly true of last-bilt or
molded balls. They should not be folded or crushed.
(2) When inflating a ball with a rubber core-valve, always
moisten the needle preferably with glycerin. A rusty needle
will injure the core of the valve.
(3) When available, always use a pressure gauge to insure
correct inflation. Overinflation should be avoided as this
materially affects the shape and life of any ball.
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