As sports events com indoors due to weather, it is time to hold a council Free Throw Championship. The program is open for Boys and Girls ages 10 - 14.
The Free Throw is a popular Youth Event in Iowa and it has created numerous International Champions over the years.
All you need to hold an event is a local gym with a regulation basketball rim and a regulation 3-second area. Use the free-throw line for kids 12 - 14. Put a tape line 3 feet in front of the free-throw line for ages 10 - 11. Manpower should be at least 4 Knights to pass the basketballs to the participants, run the balls after the throws, and keep score. And of course, as many basketballs as you can get.
It is that simple! Here are the simple steps:
1) Order your materials from the Supreme Council by filling out the Supreme Free Throw Order Form.
2) Check the Regional Competition Schedules by checking this site's Calendar of Events (and search for free-throw) or the 2014 Free-Throw Regional Schedule. This way you can plan your Council and District Competitions.
3) When you have completed your local competition, make sure to submit the Supreme Free-Throw Participation Form. As with all forms, send a copy to your District Deputy and another to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4) Other forms to be sent depending on the Competition level. Send all these to the Youth Director for the Iowa Knights of Columbus:
For more details specific details visit the Knights of Columbus Free-Throw Championship at the Supreme Council website or our state's Rules and Expectations for the Free-Throw Championship.
DELAY OF CHANGE OF STARTING AGE -- KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FREE THROW AND SOCCER CHALLENGE CONTESTS.
There has been a degree of confusion caused by Supreme's decision to change starting age of both the Knights of Columbus Free Throw and the Soccer Challenge from a starting age of 10 years old to a new starting age of 9 years old. This problem has been exacerbated due to the fact that many Councils had ordered their Free Throw Kits prior to the age change being communicated by Supreme. This has resulted in some Free Throw Kits containing publicity posters targeting children 10 years old and older and other kits (those ordered later) that allow children 9 years and older to participate. This problem has been further complicated by the fact that State had ordered trophies for the Regional and State competitions that included only winners in the 10 - 14 age brackets.
For this reason, I have decided to have the (upcoming) 2014 Free Throw Competition continue for ages 10 - 14, and to start the 2014 Soccer Challenge (scheduled for October) and the 2015 Free Throw Competition (scheduled for January 2015) as the inaugural year for ages 9 - 14. By delaying the inclusion of 9 year olds, it will ensure that all Councils are allowing the same age participants to compete throughout their area competitions, and at all levels. I apologize for any confusion caused by this change.
Bob Ukena, Youth Program Chair
Want more info? Your State Youth Director will be happy to clarify any questions you may have.