1. For 2025, Basketball - Shooting Skills event will be classified as an “OPEN Sport”. Teams do not need to qualify at a 2024 qualifier.
- Anyone can register for the event regardless if a state qualifier offers it or not.
- Participants do not have to compete in three-on-three basketball to participate in the shooting skills competition.
- Participants may compete in only one session and based solely on the athlete’s age.
- Age divisions for basketball shooting skills competition will be determined by the age of the athlete as of December 31, 2025.
- All events will be finals, and competition for a particular age group shall be conducted during one session.
- Participants will shoot (25) free throws for the free throw shooting competition.
- Participants will shoot (15) 3-point shots, three from each of five locations for the 3-point shooting competition.
- The NSGA and LOC reserve the right to change the tournament format for any age division based on entry numbers, space restrictions, or other circumstance.
- The NSGA and Tournament Manager may impose time limits during competition if necessary. If a time limit is imposed, the player with the most made baskets at the end of the time limit shall be declared the winner.
- Awards will be presented for 1st through 4th place for each event within each age division.
- Participants are allowed 2 practice shots.
- Each participant will first shoot 25 (uninterrupted) free throws and will earn 1 point for each basket made. A total of 25 points is possible.
- A modified free throw line shall be available for use for the following age divisions: 75+ women's teams and 80+ men's teams. Players in these divisions may choose to shoot any foul shot from a modified free throw line of 12 feet. All eligible participants must declare the free throw line they intend to shoot from prior to the start of competition. No eligible participants shall be allowed to shoot from both free throw lines at any point during competition.
- The ball will be rebounded for the shooter.
- The participant may not step over the free throw line while shooting (from the time the ball leaves his/her hand until the ball reaches the rim or backboard).
- Participants will have 5-10 minutes to warm up as a group. No additional practice shots will be given.
- Each participant will shoot 3 shots (untimed) from each of five marked locations around the three-point arc. (right and left baselines, right and left wings, and top of key). Shooter will take all shots in succession. All participants will start in the left baseline area and work their way around the arc.
- Participants will earn 1 point for each basket made. A total of 15 points is possible.
- No 3-point line distance modifications will be given for any age group. All participants must shoot from the distance of (19’ 9”).
- The balls will either be on a rack positioned at each location or handed to the shooter by a volunteer. All shots will be rebounded for the shooter.
- The participant’s feet must be completely behind the 3-point line at the time of the shot. The participant is allowed to jump from outside the line and land inside, so long as the ball is released mid-air.
- Tie breaker policy will be as follows:
- Sudden death shoot-off from top-of-key location