Blackbirds facing first-place Royales at Midwest
DYER | The Illiana Blackbirds are hosting the Marquette Royales this weekend for in Minnesota Junior Hockey League action at Midwest Training and Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave. Games are at 7:30 p.m. today and 11:30 a.m. Sunday. General admission is $6.
The Royales are in first place in the Great Lakes Division; the Blackbirds are in second.
Baseball Christmas Camp at Dave Griffin's
GRIFFITH | A Baseball Christmas Camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 27 at Dave Griffin's Baseball School, 1200 W. Main St. Instructors include Purdue Calumet recruiting coordinator Alex Triantafillo and Trent Howard, who pitches in the Baltimore Orioles organization. Cost is $65. For details, call (219) 922-1107 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth soccer training at Jean Shepherd Community Center
HAMMOND | Hammond Parks Department and Hammond Soccer are offering youth soccer training on Tuesday nights at the Jean Shepherde Community Center, 3021 Mahoney Dr. Ages 5-8 are from 5 to 6 p.m.; ages 8-11 are from 6 to 7 p.m.; and ages 12-14 are from 7 to 8 p.m. Cost is $4 per session -- free for full JSCC members.
High school-aged open games will run from 8 to 9:45 p.m. Cost is $5. For details, call (219) 554-0155.
Hurricanes to host Swim-a-Thon on Friday
HIGHLAND | The Highland Hurricanes Swim Club will hold an USA Swimming Swim-a-Thon at 6 p.m. Friday at the Highland High School natatorium to help raise funds for Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids and the USA Swimming Foundation. During the event, HHSC team members will strive to swim a maximum of 200 lengths. Donors are encouraged to support the athletes with a flat donation.
Those interested in sponsoring a swimmer may contact Jim Stange at (219) 595-9357 or email@example.com, or visit www.highlandhurricanes.net.
Pro U holding 'Drop and Shop' basketball camps
MERRILLVILLE | Pro U will hold its "Drop and Shop" holiday season FUNdamentals Basketball Camp sessions for boys and girls in grades 3-12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 26-27 and Jan. 2-3 at the Fieldhouse-Merrillville, 899 East 99th Court. Cost is $50 per camper and $30 for each additional family member. There is a special team rate of $400 for a maximum of 10 players.
For details, call (219) 738-2424 or go to www.thefieldhouse-merrillville.com.
Hockey and figure skating lessons at Midwest Training
DYER | Midwest Training and Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave., is offering a free month of hockey or figure skating lessons for new students. For details, call (219) 558-8811.
Storm looking for part-time 8U travel baseball players
The Storm 8U part-time travel baseball team is looking for three players to complete its roster. The team will play in elite tournaments during the weekends while allowing players to play in their in-house leagues. For details, call Luke Donsbach at (219) 313-2920.
Indiana Bulldogs 12U baseball team seeks player
The Indiana Bulldogs 12U baseball team is looking to add one more player to its roster. The player would need to be a serious travel ball participant will availability to travel on weekends through the summer including a trip to Myrtle Beach. Workouts will start in January and will go up until the season begins. When inquiring about the roster spot, indicate where you're from, previous playing experience and positions.
Those interested should contact Bill at (219) 669-6399 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana Angels 12U softball team seeks two players
The Indiana Angels 12U softball team seeks two players, no specific positions, to complete its roster. For details, contact Zabrecky at (219) 781-1727.
Indiana Chiefs of Hammond holding bags tournament
GRIFFITH | The Indiana Chiefs of Hammond baseball program will be hosting its annual Holiday Bags Challenge, Dec. 26 at Bridges' Scoreboard, 121 N. Griffith Blvd. Sign-in and practice will run from 6 to 6:45 p.m.; the double-elimination tournament begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $40 per team. For details, call Rich at (219) 924-2878 or go to hammondchiefs.com.
Holiday basketball and baseball camps at SSC
SOUTH HOLLAND | The South Suburban College Basketball and Baseball Programs will hold two holiday camps at SSC's main campus, 15800 South State St.
SSC baseball coach Steve Ruzich will conduct a two-day Catching Camp for ages 8-18 from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 27. Cost is $100.
The men's basketball team will host its annual Holiday Basketball Camp for boys and girls ages 7-17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 30-31. Cost is $65 per camper. Pizza, snacks and refreshments will be on sale for lunch.
For details, contact Ruzich at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2413 (Catching Camp); or John Pigatti at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2524 (Holiday Basketball Camp).
Illiana Ravens women's football team holding tryouts
LYNWOOD | The Illiana Ravens women's tackle football team is holding tryouts for ages 18 and over from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Ho Chunk Sports Complex, 10 Southland. No football experience is necessary. Players should come ready in work-out clothes. Tryout fee is $25. Those interested should call Bob at (219) 741-3434 or K at (708) 743-0778.
Lady Playmakers 12U softball team seeks pitcher
The Lady Playmakers 12U softball team is looking for a pitcher. To schedule a tryout, contact Billy Pierce at (219) 381-7007 or email@example.com.
Jim East giving one-on-one basketball shooting lessons
MERRILLVILLE | Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame member and former Merrillville varsity head coach Jim East is giving one-hour one-on-one shooting lessons at the Fieldhouse-Merrillville during December. For details, call either (219) 662-8157 or (219) 308-5504.
College softball player sought for summer team
The Midwest Elite Diamonds 19-and-over fastpitch softball club is looking for college-rostered players to play in the summer of 2014. All positions considered, especially catcher, pitcher and lefty slapper. The team will play four local tournaments and two round robins. There will be no practices. For details, call (708) 289-3438 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter youth basketball league at Lincoln Center
HIGHLAND | Baylor Basketball will hold its Winter Youth Basketball League for boys and girls from Dec. 15 through Feb. 23 at Highland Parks Lincoln Center, 2450 Lincoln Ave. For details, call (219) 306-9932 or go to www.baylorbasketball.org.
Stateline Hitmen looking for player for 13U baseball team
The Stateline Hitmen 13U baseball team seeks an additional player, preferably a top pitcher/shortstop. Contact Paul Siska at email@example.com.
Former softball coach offering instruction, recruitment service
Frank Wilkins, who recently retired from coaching softball at Saint Joseph's College after becoming the Pumas' winningest coach with more than 300 wins, is available for individual and team hitting and fielding instruction, as well as college recruiting for local high school players. For details, call (219) 796-5214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrean High School hosting six-week baseball camp
MERRILLVILLE | Andrean High School is hosting a six-week baseball camp for players in grades 1-12, starting Jan. 19. Andrean head coach Dave Piskur will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. Sessions offered included advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning. Space is limited. Registration is under way. For details, call 1 (800) 622-4487 or go to www.USBaseballAcademy.com.
South Shore Steelheads looking for 14U baseball player
The South Shore Steelheads 14U travel baseball team is looking for a player to complete its roster for the 2014 season. Players must be 14 or younger by April 30, 2014. Those interested should contact Dave Cooper at (219) 545-1422 or email@example.com.
Harlem Globetrotters coming to Hammond Civic Center
HAMMOND | The world famous Harlem Globetrotters and their "Fans Rule" World Tour are coming to the Hammond Civic Center Jan. 4. Fans will be allowed to vote for the rules the game will be played under. The options include Hot Hand Jersey (the designated player wearing the jersey is awarded double points for each basket made); Make of Miss (each team starts the quarter with two players before players get added or removed based on made or missed shots); and Trick Shot Challenge (coaches may challenge the opposing team three times during the game to make a trick shot -- a make is good for five points; a miss awards the other team five points). Online voting is open at harlemglobetrotters.com/rule. Tickets are $13, and may be purchased at the Civic Center, by calling (866) 468-3401 or by going to harlemglobetrotters.com or www.ticketweb.com.
NWI White Sox Fastball Softball has openings for teams
The NWI White Sox Fastpitch Softball Program still has a couple of openings for its 10U and 12U teams. For details, call or text Rick Baker at (219) 613-1017 or (219) 427-4876.
Team seeks premier 16U softball pitcher
A premier 16U softball team is looking for a pitcher to complete its 2014 roster. For details, call Kenny at (219) 510-2971.
Playmakers looking for 9U and 13U baseball players
Dave Griffin's Playmakers are looking for 9U and 13U baseball players. For details, call (219) 922-1107.
Nationals Premier Softball Team looking for players
The Nationals Premier College Softball Team is looking for girl players ages 15-18, primarily a pitcher, a shortstop/outfielder and a catcher. The team is based out of Tinley Park. For details, contact Larry Brzezinski at (708) 243-0186 or NATIONALSGOLD@aol.com, or go to NATIONALSSOFTBALL.com.
Seniors sought for low-key baseball activity
Play It Again, Sam Sports is calling out for people ages 60 and over interested in participating in a low-key baseball activity. For details, contact Joe Gerlach at (219) 365-5791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hobart Storm looking for 12U baseball players
HOBART | The Hobart Storm 12U baseball team is looking for serious players from Northwest Indiana. For details, call Bobby at (219) 840-8918.
Indiana Chiefs seek a couple of 13U baseball players
The Indiana Chiefs 13U baseball team is looking for two additional players to complete its 2014 roster. Players interested should have experience in pitching, playing middle infield or the outfield. The team will play a local schedule beginning in April along with a competitive summer travel schedule, which includes a tournament in Florida. For details, call Jim Nohos at (219) 313-6680.
Crown Point Bulldogs seek 12U softball players
CROWN POINT | The Crown Point Bulldogs 12U travel softball team is looking for one quality athlete to complete its roster. For details, call Mike Manhatton at (773) 550-4466.
Standout college pitchers at Diamond Kings
ST. JOHN | Former collegiate pitching standouts Sarah Funston (softball) and Keith Greer (baseball) are available for pitching lessons at Diamond Kings Baseball and Softball Training Complex. For details, call (219) 558-2273 or go to www.TrainDK.com.
Playmakers forming 12U fall ball baseball team
The Playmakers 12U fall ball baseball team, which will play a six-week schedule, is looking for players. For details, contact Dave at (219) 922-1107 or email@example.com.
South Shore Steelheads holding 14U baseball team
The South Shore Steelheads 14U travel baseball team is looking for two players, preferably pitchers or shortstops. Players must be 14 or younger by April 30, 2014. Those interested in trying out should contact Dave Cooper at (219) 545-1422 or a firstname.lastname@example.org.
Triple Crown Xplosion seeks one more 12U softball player
SCHERERVILLE | Triple Crown All Stars in Schererville is looking to add a quality athlete to complete their TC Xplosion 12U girls fastpitch roster. For details, contact Dave Smith at (219) 765-1484 or email@example.com.
APEX Baseball holding invitation-only 17U workouts
APEX Baseball is accepting invitational-only workouts for its 1&U baseball team. Players must be in their junior year of high school and are seriously interested in playing at the college level. For consideration, contact Brett Summers at (219) 765-0085 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Marc Escobedo at (219) 308-4449 or email@example.com.
Elite 18U travel baseball team seeks players
An elite 18U travel baseball team is accepting applicants for the 2014 season. The team will play locally and out of town. Players will have full access to baseball facilities for practice and games. For details, contact manager Bob Kelley at Bkelley685@comcast.net.
Region Storm holding tryouts for 17U baseball team
The Region Storm is holding invitational-only tryouts for its 17U baseball team which went 26-8 this season with two college tournament championships. For consideration, contact Ken Haluska at (219) 313-4726 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Only serious and experienced travel players should inquire.