On Saturday, the Hackensack Elks hosted their annual Soccer Shoot Out for the youth of Hackensack. The Soccer Shoot tournament is geared towards keeping youth focused and away from undesirable activities.
The Elks Soccer Shoot program consists of two different contests.
A "Five Goal Contest" consists of a series of five goals, decreasing in size from 48 inches to 17 inches. The age groups that use these goals are divided into two categories, U-8 contains all ages seven years old and younger, and U-10 group contains ages eight and nine. The contest is open to boys and girls who shoot separately. The U-8 contestants kick from 15 feet from the face of the goal, while the U-10 contestants kick from 18 feet from the goal.
The "Grid Goal Contest" consists of a full-size goal sectioned off so points can be scored when the ball is kicked into certain sections. The age groups that use this goal are U-12, which contain the ages ten and eleven, and U-14, which contain ages twelve and thirteen. The contest is open to both boys and girls and they shoot separately.
Winners of the local Soccer Shoot for each age group will go on to the District, State, and possible National competition.