Youngsters from 10 to 14 years old may want to start warming up for the annual basketball Championship Free Throw Contest sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
The contest will be in the Olive Peirce Middle School gym, 1521 Hanson Lane, on Saturday, Jan. 7. Registration will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and competition will be from 1 to 2 p.m.
The contest is open to boys and girls who, as of Jan. 1, 2012, are ages 10 to 14. Competition is divided into five age groups.
Entry in the contest is free. All participants will receive a certificate and a free throw patch. Ten Ramona winners will receive a champion certificate and will advance to the district competition in Poway in St. Michael’s Church gym.
District winners will advance to the San Diego Regional Competition at St. Augustine High School in North Park, San Diego, and those winners will advance to California State Finals in Fresno.
On the day of the Ramona contest, each contestant will receive three warm-up tosses followed by 15 consecutive free throw attempts. At the district and regional levels, 25 free throw attempts will be made.
To break a tie, contestants will take a second round of five free throw attempts. No warm-up tosses will be allowed for tie-breaker rounds.
Boys and girls in age 10 and age 11 competition will use a women’s regulation-size basketball and shoot from a 12-foot foul line.
Girls ages 12, 13 and 14 will use a women’s regulation-size basketball and shoot from a 15-foot foul line.
Boys ages 12, 13 and 14 will use a man’s regulation-size basketball and shoot from a 15-foot foul line.
More information and registration forms are at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 537 E St. They also will be in the OPMS gym the day of the contest.
More information also is available from Brian Douglass at 619-993-1965.