It’s time for Orange & Woodbridge youngsters ages 9-14 to sharpen those basketball free-throw shooting skills! The Holy Infant Council of the Knights of Columbus #12523 is conducting its twelfth annual Free Throw Contest on Saturday, January 16 at the Holy Infant School gymnasium, located at 450 Racebrook Road in Orange, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. All Orange and Woodbridge residents ages 9 through 14 as of January 1, 2016 are invited to participate. This will be the first year nine year-olds are eligible to compete in the contest. Entry into this contest is non-denominational. Entrants may arrive at any time during the period the contest is in progress to take their free throws.
The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, regional and state competitions. Boy and girl winners are recognized for each age group. In recent years, nearly two dozen winners of the Holy Infant competition have gone on to the Regional contests, and there have been four state champions and ten state finalists who came from Orange or Woodbridge.
All contestants on January 16 will be recognized with a handsome certificate of participation. Contestants are requested to furnish written proof of their age, except that previous years’ participants need not provide proof of age again. A copy of the birth certificate is preferred.
Each contest participant will be given three warm-up free throws. The contestant will then take fifteen consecutive free throw attempts. Nine through eleven year-old contestants may shoot from 12 feet; 12-14 year-olds will shoot from the standard 15 feet. Girls will use basketballs sized for women and girls. Otherwise, normal rules of basketball regarding free throws apply for all levels of competition. For example, violations include stepping on or over the free throw line prior to the ball reaching the rim.
The Knights of Columbus Holy Infant Council was established in Orange in 1999. With over 70 members, they sponsor projects to benefit their church, community, families and youth.