The Hotshot basketball shooting contest will offer Jan. 15 qualifying for Kent youths aged 9-15 at Center School.

The free competition, sponsored by the Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association and hosted by Kent Park and Recreation, matches participants' basketball skills against the clock.

The youths will attempt to score baskets from five "hotspots" on the court during three, one-minute rounds.

The top female and male scorers from each of three age divisions will advance to regional qualifying, with the chance to compete for state laurels later this winter.

For more information or registration, call the Park and Rec office at 860-927-1003.