Free Throw Championship

Knights of Columbus Free Throw

Since 1972, councils have sponsored the Knights of Columbus International Free Throw Championship for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14.

The championship is set up to have the contestants compete within their own gender and age group. All competition starts at the local level. Winners move on to the district, regional, and state or provincial levels. From there, some make it to the international level for championship competition in their group.

To sponsor a competition, all your council needs is the Free Throw Championship Kit (#FT-KIT), a couple of basketballs, a hoop and a bunch of kids. It is a great way to get out into the public and introduce the Order to your community — while providing youths with a rewarding activity that yields a chance for local, state or provincial, and international recognition.

Suggested Time Frame:
Council Championship — January
District Championship — February
Regional Championship (optional) — February
State Championship — March

Competition Level
Council level- Each contestant receives three warm-up tosses followed by 15 consecutive free throw attempts from the appropriate age-designated foul line.  In the event of a tie each contestant receives five free throws and no warm-ups. 

District, regional, and state level- Each contestant receives three warm-up tosses followed by 25 consecutive free throw attempts from the foul line. To break a tie, contestants take a second round of five free throws.

Winners score card for each age group at the state level should be sent to the Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Mission, 1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510-3326. Telephone (203)752-4270.

To view a short video of Bishop Barres of Rockville Centre, NY discussing the virtues of both the Free Throw Championship and the Soccer Challenge, click here.

Action Steps

Start planning now to get your free throw contest off to a running start.

The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship program is a great way to provide entertainment and enjoyment for the young people in your community. To start planning, there are steps that you should keep in mind:

  1. Order the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Kit (#FT-KIT) using this order form. You can also use the order form in the Council Report Forms Booklet (#1436), or call the Department of Fraternal Mission at 203-752-4270.

  2. Schedule a date and location for the event. Contact schools, community centers and youth centers to reserve a basketball court. January is recommended for council competitions, February for district competitions, and March/April for regional and state championships.

  3. Sign ‘em up! Your Free Throw Championship Kit contains posters announcing the contest. Obtain permission to display them in schools, youth and community centers, and church vestibules. Make sure that entry forms/score sheets (#1598) are also available at these locations. Preregister contestants whenever possible.

  4. Enlist help from schools. Ask school superintendents, principals and athletic directors to promote your championship.

  5. See if schools will hold preliminary competitions as part of their intramural or physical education programs. High school athletes should be reminded to check with their state high school athletic association about possible eligibility conflicts. Don’t forget to contact and invite the recreational and youth basketball programs in your community.

  6. Build public interest. Use the sample press release in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship Rules, Regulations, Tips and Information Guide (#1928) to announce your championship. Retype the release on council letterhead, giving the details of your championship. Deliver or send it, along with clip art logos, to the editors of both local news and sports sections.

  7. After the competition, be sure to send out a press release announcing the winners. When sending press releases to radio or television stations always use the program’s official name: “Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.”

  8. Be sure to send in the  Participation Report Form (FT-1). This form provides the Supreme Council with informational statistics, which enables the contest to continue to be a success.


Support Materials

To assist you in promoting your Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship event, the Supreme Council offers the following items that are available in the Free Throw Kit(#FT-KIT) that can be ordered using the FT-KIT form.

Print Materials

The Free Throw Championship Kit (#FT-KIT) contains everything your council needs to organize a free throw competition for 75 participants. Items included are:

Promotional Material
Item Form # Cost (US Funds)
Competition Basketballs (Pkg of 12) FT-322 $180
Free Throw Patches (Pkg of 25) FT-P $30
Council Plaques Council Championship (12) FT-310 $120
Regional Championship Trophies (12) FT-311 $165
State Championship Trophies (12) FT-312 $165

When ordering materials, please use the online request form when available; or mail or fax a Requisition Form (#1).

Orders made online or faxed in should not be mailed because it may result in duplicate order. Please allow four weeks to ensure delivery by the event.

DepartmentPostal ServiceTelephone / Fax

Department of
Fraternal Mission

Knights of Columbus
1 Columbus Plaza
New Haven, CT 06510

Tel: 203-752-4720
Fax: 203-752-4108


Previous Winners

2017-2018 Free Throw Champions
2016-2017 Free Throw Champions
2015-2016 Free Throw Champions