Las Vegas, NM 408

Elks Hoop Shoot Contest

The Elks Hoop Shoot has been around a long time and has a rich history of helping youth from the Las Vegas Community Pictured is PER Charlie Vigil with Hoop Shoot participants during the 1960s

Pictured is Lodge #408 2010 State Hoop Shoot Winners DJ and Deanna


The Elks National "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw Program is open to all boys and girls, ages 8 through 13. All public and private schools within the jurisdiction of the local Elk Lodge are invited to participate in the Elks National "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw Contest. Depending on interest, many school districts may participate in the Lodge contest.

The six Lodge Champions, one boy and one girl in each age-group, will advance to a District contest. A typical District contest may have from five to 12 lodge entries in each category and age-group. The six finalists in each District contest will advance to the State finals. The State Champions will compete at a Regional contest to determine the contestants that will compete at the National Finals. Your local "Hoop Shoot" Director can tell you the number of lodges and districts in your state and the states that make up your region.

The Elks' nationwide sanctioned program gives youngsters an opportunity for spirited competition, fine relationships with their peers, and travel statewide, regionally and nationally at minimal expense to their parents or school. The parents of finalists at the state, regional and national levels attend the competition as guests of the Elks.

The "Hoop Shoot" Contest
The "Hoop Shoot" contest is arranged in two divisions, one for boys and one for girls, in age categories 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. Contestant age-groups are determined by their ages as of April 1.

The "Hoop Shoot" contest will be conducted in five tiers to qualify for the National Finals: the School contest, the Lodge contest, the District contest, the State contest, and the Regional contest.

In the 8-9 boys age division, the 28.5 basketball will be used in all levels of competition.

In the 10-11 and 12-13 age divisions, a regulation-size official basketball with 7-9 lbs. of air and channels and/or seams not exceeding 1/4 inch in width. A leather ball will be used in all state, regional and national contests.

All girls age-groups will use the girls regulation size basketball for girls with 7-9 Ibs of air with channels and/or seams not to exceed 1/4 inch in width.

Boys and girls in the 8-9 age category may shoot from a line four feet in front of the regulation foul line.

A leather ball will be used at the state, regional and national contests.

The program director in each school has the flexibility to conduct the school contest within the constraints for time and facilities. However, the contestants will shoot for the best of 25 baskets at the Lodge contest and beyond. Ties will be broken by a five-basket shoot-off.

Certificates may be awarded to all participants in the School contest. Contestants may receive certificates at each tier of the contest. Trophies are awarded to the 1st- and 2nd-place winners in each boy and girl age-group at the District contest. 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd place trophies will be awarded in all age-groups at the State, Regional and National Contests. National winners also have their names inscribed on a permanent "Hoop Shoot" plaque at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The School Contest

Each school will determine their school champions in each of the girl and boy divisions. Only one representative in each age division can represent the school at the Lodge contest.

1. Age 8-9-year-old boys and girls may shoot from a line four feet in front of the regulation foul line.

2. All contestants should be given an opportunity to warm up and get acquainted with the floor and basket.

3. Each contestant should be given warm up shots, if desired, before shooting for score. The number of shots for score is left to the discretion of the school director. (It is recommended that at least five shots are offered.)

4. Contestants cannot bounce the ball more than four times between shots. Penalty -- shot is void.

5. A free throw begins when the ball is given to the contestant at the free throw line. It ends when the try is successful; or it is certain the try will not be successful; or when the ball becomes dead.

6. The contestant must stay behind the foul line until the ball has touched the hoop, backboard or net. Penalty -- shot is void.

7. Ties will be broken by taking additional shots in the same shooting order until the winner is determined.

It is suggested that upper classmen or other students be used to assist as ball rebounders, line judges and scorers. The Elks "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw Contest may be used as a conclusion to a lesson plan that teaches individual basketball skills, basketball rules and team play.

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