The annual Elks Hoop Shoot sponsored by the Skowhegan-Madison Lodge gets underway on Sunday, Jan. 6 at Madison Memorial High School. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. and the first contest starts at noon.
The Elks Hoop Shoot is open to all boys and girls, ages 8-13. Contestants will be assigned an age group based on the age that they will be on April 1, 2013.
There are two Hoop Shoot contest divisions, boys and girls, and three age categories in each division: 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13.
The winners are determined by the number of successful free throws out of 25 attempts. Ties will be broken by taking five additional shots in the same shooting order as the regular contest.
All contestants must wear gym shoes and gym clothes (t-shirt with pants or gym shorts) to compete.
Winners of the local Hoop Shoot can advance to the Central District, Maine State, New England Regional and National contests. Nearly 3 million youngsters compete nationally each year.
For more information about the Skowhegan-Madison Lodge contest, contact Scott Mitchell at 474-0276.