- "She reaches in, digs her hand deep into the ball, and pulls out a slip of paper."
- ―Katniss Everdeen describing a name being picked out of a reaping ball during the reaping.[src]
The Reaping Balls are what holds the slips of paper with the names of children from age 12 to age 18, to be possibly reaped in from each district. There are two Reaping Balls, one for boys and one for girls. During the reaping, the reaping balls are placed on a stage placed in front of the Justice Building for the district escort to choose a name from them.
The Hunger GamesEdit
During the District 12 reaping for the 74th Hunger Games, Effie Trinket was the escort who picked the tributes. She chose Primrose Everdeen from the girls' ball. However, her sister Katniss Everdeen volunteered for her. Effie then chose Peeta Mellark from the boys' ball.