The annual Keene Elks Hoop Shoot, a free-throw shooting contest offered by the Elks National Foundation for boys and girls ages 8-13, is a chance to show off basketball-shooting skills. This year’s competition is Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Keene Recreation Center.

Contestants’ age groups are determined by ages as of April 1, 2019. Age groups are 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13.

If players are 7 years old on April 1, 2019, they are too young to compete. If a player is 14 on April 1, 2019, he or she is too old to compete.

The event starts at 9 a.m., with registration set for 8:30.

The competition consists of each player attempting 25 free throws in alternating sets of 10 and 15 attempts at a time. Ties are settled with frames of five free throws in the same shooting order until a winner is determined.

Competitors in the 8- and 9-year-old division shoot from a foul line 4 feet in front of the regulation distance.

Participants have the chance to advance to district, state, regional and national competitions. Local winners Dec. 7 in Keene advance to the South District at the Rochester Community Center on Jan. 4.

Ultimately, regional winners advance to the national championship in Chicago. Names of the national age-group winners are enshrined at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

For more information, contact Paul at 209-5661.

This article has been changed to correct that the national championship is in Chicago and the winners' names are added in the Basketball Hall of Fame.