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Elks Hoop Shoot set for Saturday at community center

The Elks Club Hoop Shoot Contest will begin in the Ross Aragon Community Center gymnasium Saturday at 10 a.m.; the gym will be open for warm-up at 9 a.m.

The Hoop Shoot is a free-throw shooting contest sponsored by the Durango Elks Club and is free for boys and girls ages 8-13. All participants may sign up on site the day of the event.

Over 3,000,000 of America’s youth participate in the Hoop Shoot each year, with winners in local contests earning the right to advance to district, state, regional and national contests.

National winners’ names are inscribed on a plaque at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Boys and girls compete separately in the following age categories: 8-9, (age 7 is fine if the youngster will be 8 before April 1, 2010.); 10-11, and 12-13. Youngsters are too old to participate if they will be 14 before April 1, 2010.

Qualification and category assignment are determined by a participant’s age as of April 1, 2010. All age groups will shoot free throws on regulation, 10-foot rims.

For more information call Dick Alexander, Hoop Shoot director, at 946-9118, or the recreation office at 264-4151, Ext. 232.

7-8 Basketball

The youth basketball games which were canceled Dec. 7 have been rescheduled for Dec. 16; the same teams will play at the originally scheduled times. A make-up date is pending for the games which were canceled Dec. 8.

Parents are reminded that the snack bar in the gymnasium will be open for the remainder of the season. A wide range of snacks and refreshments including hot dogs, nachos, candy, Gatorade, soda and water will be available, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of these items is donated to the community center.

Due to a change in policy, snacks are now permitted inside the gymnasium. However, the community center staff would like to remind parents that children are not permitted to roam unattended through the halls or restrooms at any time.

Please ensure that children are accompanied by an adult at all times if they must leave the gymnasium during games or practices. Thank you for your cooperation.

9-12 Basketball

Registration for this year’s 9- and 10-year-old and 11- and 12-year-old youth basketball leagues will run through Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Children who will be 9, 10, 11 or 12 years old as of Jan. 1, 2010, are eligible to register. The seasons will not begin until early January.

Registrations are available at the recreation office in Town Hall and are also available online in Adobe format at www.townofpagosasprings.com (click on the town departments link, then the recreation link).

Registrations have also been supplied to local schools; parents are reminded to return completed registrations to the recreation office.

Cost is $30 per player and $15 for each additional child in the same, immediate family who participates. Checks and money orders should be made payable to Town of Pagosa Springs.

Coaches and team sponsors for these divisions are needed and appreciated. Cost for sponsorship is $150, which includes sponsor’s name on team uniforms, commemorative plaque with team picture and recognition in media articles.

For more information call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

Sports hotline

General information concerning the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department can be obtained by calling the Pagosa Springs Sports Hotline at 264-4151 Ext. 301 or logging on to townofpagosasprings.com and going to the parks and recreation link.

All schedules and upcoming events are updated on a regular basis.

If you have questions or concerns, or need additional information about any of the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department adult or youth sports programs, call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.