North Lake sport briefs: Umpire/coaches clinic today at Civic Center

2014-03-14T22:00:00Z North Lake sport briefs: Umpire/coaches clinic today at Civic Center nwitimes.com
March 14, 2014 10:00 pm

Umpire/coaches clinic today at Hammond Civic Center

HAMMOND | A national Babe Ruth Baseball Umpire/Coaches Clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hammond Civic Center. Registration will start at 8 a.m. All youth league umpires and coaches, and anyone interested in becoming an umpire with national certification, are encouraged to attend. An open-book national certification test will be given to first-time umpires. Returning umpires can become recertified, but do not have to take the test.

Cost of the clinic alone is $25, which includes lunch, plus $40 to take the certification test or to recertify. For details, call Randy Walker at (219) 865-2437 or John Pearson at (219) 661-9923.

Wheelchair basketball tourney at Broadway Armory

The Chicago Park District and the Chicago Wheelchair Bulls are putting together a National Wheelchair Basketball Association Championship Division competition, The Neal R. Radbel Tournament, to take place March 22 and 23 at Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway St., Chicago.

Entry fee is $250 per team -- checks should be made out to the Chicago Wheelchair Bulls. Each team will be guaranteed four games. Lunch will be provided for athletes and coaches.

All players, coaches and team staff need to complete a Chicago Park District Waiver; and teams should submit a complete roster. For details about waiver and roster submission, contact Daniel Ferreira at (312) 296-5973 or daniel.ferreira@chicagoparkdistrict.com.

For further details about the tournament, contact Dave Radbel at (312) 371-3491 or dave_radbel@yahoo.com, or Larry Labiak at (312) 742-5097 or larry.labiak@chicagoparkdistrict.com.

Elite 15U baseball team seeking players

An Elite 15U travel baseball team is looking for a few players. For team and tryout information, call Matt Hopkins at (219) 713-7992.

Lady Playmakers 12U softball team seeks two players

The Lady Playmakers 12U girls softball team is looking for two dedicated players -- in particular catcher/infielder. The team plays a full travel schedule. For a tryout, contact Billy Pierce at (219) 381-7007.

Tumbling and trampoline invitational at Shepherd Center

HAMMOND | The Jean Shepherd Center, 3031 J.F. Mahoney Dr., will host the TwistStars Pot O Gold Tumbling and Trampoline Invitational, today and Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and children ages 4-12. Children 3 and under get in free. Doors open at 8 a.m.

For details, call (219) 554-0155.

Former all-state catcher joins Diamond Kings staff

ST. JOHN | Former Crown Point all-star catcher and Butler University standout Nick Hladek is available to hitting and catching lessons at Diamond Kings. For details, call (219) 558-2273 or go to www.TrainDK.com.

NAYS holding spring basketball tourney in Joliet

JOLIET | North American Youth Sports still has openings for its annual spring youth basketball, April 25-27 at the Joliet Park District Multipurpose Center. The boys and girls grade brackets range from 4-5 to 11-12. Cost is $160 per team. Registration deadline is April 4.

For details, call the NAYS spring tournament hotline at 1 (866) 352-5915, tourney director Josh Barry at (815) 741-7275, ext. 170, or go to the NAYS website at www.northamericanyouthsports.org.

Hammond Hermits taking baseball and softball sign-ups

HAMMOND | Hammond Hermits will be taking baseball and softball sign-ups for ages 4-18 from 10 a.m. to noon today at Olympia Lanes, before their final sign-ups from 1 to 7 p.m. March 22 at Hammond Mohawk, located at 4040 Calumet Ave. just north of Olympia Lanes. For details, call David at (219) 588-8506 or Dennis at (219) 290-0708.

Hammond YMCA to hold Toddler T-Ball

HAMMOND | Registration for Toddler T-Ball will run through Monday at the Crossroads YMCA -- Hammond Branch. The program is open to boys and girls ages 2-5 who are currently not in kindergarten, and will run from this Saturday through May 3. For details, contact program director Dave Clayton at (219) 845-1507, ext. 235, or dclayton@crymca.org.

Hessville Babe Ruth holding registration

HAMMOND | Hessville Babe Ruth will be holding sign-ups at the Hessville Park concession stand from 5 to 7 p.m. March 28. Cost is $150. For details, call Rick or Holly at (219) 513-9272 or email hessvillebaberuth@yahoo.com.

Morris Elite Baseball accepting applications for coaches

Morris Elite Baseball is accepting applications for experienced coaches to add to its growing baseball organization. For details, contact Bobby Morris at (219) 677-2183 or morrisbaseballco@gmail.com.

Storm looking for part-time 8U travel baseball player

The Storm 8U part-time travel baseball team is looking for player 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.

Former Chicago Blackhawk Stalberg to appear at Bridges'

GRIFFITH | Nashville Predator Viktor Stalberg, who played for the Chicago Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup champions, will be signing autographs at the Bridges' Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are limited and cost $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Included are two autographs. Inscriptions are $10 each. Photos of Stalberg will be on sale for $10. Photos taken with Stalberg are not guaranteed, only if time permits.

For details, call (219) 924-2206.

Softball umpiring clinic March 29 at Taft Middle School

CROWN POINT | The Indiana ASA/IHSAA Softball Umpire Clinic/Comprehensive School will take place at Taft Middle School, 1000 South Main St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29. For details, call Dick Zurbriggen at (219) 776-0654 or Fred Maxey at (219) 508-5819.

Joyriders nine-week bike riding training program offered

SCHERERVILLE | The Trek Bicycle Store of Schererville is sponsoring a new Joyriders nine-week training program for beginner or intermediate bike riders who are interested in getting reintroduced to their bikes and to help improve health and lifestyle. Information meetings are at 11 a.m. today and at 6 p.m. March 18 at the Trek Bicycle Store in Schererville. The program begins March 26. Cost is $85.

For details, contact Paul Jellma at (219) 322-2453 or paulj@trekbikestore.com.

NWI Sox Fastpitch has two softball player openings

The NWI Sox Fastpitch Softball organization is seeking one player each for its 10U and 12U JW team. For details, call/text Rick Baker at (219) 613-1017 or go to www.nwisoxfastpitch.com.

Crete Crush 14U softball team seeks pitcher

The Crete Crush 14U travel softball team is looking for an experienced travel ball pitcher. To arrange a tryout, or for more details, contact Joe Cash at (219) 201-9806 or cashmjch@sbcglobal.net.

Lansing Redbirds 16U baseball team seeks catcher

The Lansing Redbirds 16U travel basketball team is looking for a catcher to complete its roster for the season. Interested players from Lansing or from the surrounding Illinois and Indiana communities should call (708) 670-3647 or (708) 805-8262 to arrange a tryout.

Youth basketball tournament at Crete-Monee High School

CRETE | Crete-Monee High School will host a youth basketball tournament for grade 3/4 and 5/6 teams on April 25-26. The fee is $100 per team -- each team will have a minimum of two. Trophies will be awarded to first- and second-place teams.

The tourney is in honor of the Joyce Hutton, wife of CM basketball coach Alvin Hutton, who passed away after battling breast cancer. Proceeds from the tournament will go cancer research. Entry deadline is April 11.

For details, call Greg Murray at (708) 534-6456 (office) or (708) 921-4386 (cell).

Tri Kappa Tie Dyed Dash April 12 in Plum Creek

SCHERERVILLE | Tri Kappa's Zeta Psi chapter will host its third annual 5K fun run/walk through the Plum Creek subdivision starting at 8 a.m. April 12. The starting line is at 221 U.S. 41.

Registration is at www.runsignup.com/trikappadash.

Over 30 volleyball league at Fuel Fitness

CROWN POINT | A Friday night over 30 volleyball league is starting a Fuel Fitness in Crown Point. There will be open gym and sign-ups from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday -- open gym fee is $5. For details, call or text Dave at (219) 765-4966.

Cheer Tryout Prep Classes at Midwest locations

Midwest Training will being its Cheer Tryout Prep Class, which instructs on the basics of cheer, motions, jumps and more. Classes will be held at both the Dyer and Crown Point locations. For details, call Michelle at (219) 558-8811.

Illiana Ravens holding women's football tryouts

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The Illiana Ravens women's football team is holding tryouts on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 8:30 to 11 p.m. at the Ho-Chunk Sports and Expo Center, 10 Southland Drive. For details, call Bob at (219) 741-3434 or go to illianaravens.com.

Hidden Lake Park taking adult softball sign-ups

MERRILLVILLE | The Ross Township trustee's office is accepting registrations for the upcoming adult softball league at Hidden Lake Park. The fee is $500 per team -- early-bird special of $450 per team if signed up by April 18. The men's league plays Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings; the coed league plays on Wednesday evenings.

For details, call (219) 769-2111 or go www.rosstownship.org.

Crete Phoenix 12U softball team seeks starting pitchers

CRETE | The Crete Phoenix 12U softball team seeks two starting pitcher for its spring/summer roster. To schedule a private tryouts, call Bill Wheeler at (708) 825-3784.

Playmakers 15U baseball team looking for two players

The Playmakers 15U baseball team is looking for two players. The team is coached by former major league pitcher Brad Voyles. For a private tryout, call Voyles at (920) 217-4200 or Dave Griffin's Baseball School at (219) 922-1107.

Crete Crush looking for 14U softball pitcher

The Crete Crush 14U travel softball team is looking for an experienced travel ball pitcher. For details, contact Joe Cash at (219) 201-9806 or cashmjch@sbcglobal.net.

Indiana Angels 12U softball team seeks players

The Indiana Angels 12U softball team seeks two players, no specific positions, to complete its roster. For details, contact Al Zabrecky at (219) 781-1727.

Basketball shooting lessons at Fieldhouse-Merrillville

MERRILLVILLE | Jim East, former boys basketball coach at Merrillville High School and Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame member, is giving basketball shooting lessons for boys and girls in grades 4-12 at the Fieldhouse-Merrillville during February and March. For details, call (219) 662-8157 or (219) 308-5504.

Playmakers 15U baseball team looking for two players

The Playmakers 15U baseball team is looking for two players. The team is coached by former major league pitcher Brad Voyles. For a private tryout, call Voyles at (920) 217-4200 or Dave Griffin's Baseball School at (219) 922-1107.

Indiana Playmakers looking for 9U baseball players

The Indiana Playmakers 9U baseball team is looking for two additional players who must be able to play multiple positions. Those interested should contact Anthony at (219) 776-6211 or ahoole00@pnc.edu.

Winter/Spring Baseball Class starting at Morris Center

SCHERERVILLE | Morris Baseball and Softball Center, located within Omni 41 Health and Fitness Center, is beginning its Winter/Spring Baseball Class starting this week. Classes will focus on hitting mechanics, pitching, infield play, and improving throwing velocity. For details, call (219) 227-5250 or go to www.morrisbaseballcenter.com.

Hard Court Classic girls tourney at Bloom Township

CHICAGO | Bloom Township High School will host the "Hard Court Classic", a girls high school basketball tournament, on June 20-21. Cost is $200 per team. There will be a four-game guarantee. Teams may play three games on that Friday, and one game the following Saturday, or two games each day. Games starts at 9 a.m. each day. There will be a JV division if enough teams are interested.

For details, contact Ron Newquist at (708) 259-8067 or rnewquist@sd206.org.

Region Rockers seek 14U junior high softball player

The Region Rockers are looking for a 14U girls softball player -- must be in seventh or eighth grade. Those interest should contact Tom Bainbridge at (219) 769-3033.

Former St. Joe's softball coach at Dave Griffin's School

GRIFFITH | Frank Wilkins, who has been the St. Joeseph's College girls softball coach for 13 years before retiring last spring after amassing more than 300 victories making him the school's all-time winningest coach, is now giving lessons at Dave Griffin's Baseball and Softball School, 1200 West Main St. Wilkins is also available to assist aspiring college softball players in the recruiting process.

For details, contact Wilkins at (219) 796-5214 or coachwilkins1@yahoo.com.

South Shore Steelheads looking for 16U baseball players

The South Shore Steelheads 16U baseball team is looking for two players to complete its roster. The Steelheads play in tournaments throughout the Midwest as well as the Northern Illinois Metro League. For tryout information, call John Batistatos at (219) 384-6656 or go to www.southshoresteelheads.com.

NWI Sox looking to fill two roster spots for 12U team

The NWI Sox girls travel softball organization is looking for fill two roster spots on its "12U JW" team. Head coach of the team is Jim Wright, who has 15 years of coaching experience at the travel ball/high school levels. For tryout information, call Rick Baker at (219) 613-1017 or visit www.nwisoxfastpitch.com.

Seniors sought for low-key basketball activity

Play It Again, Sam Sports is calling out for people ages 60 and over interested in participating in a low-key basketball activity. For details, contact Joe Gerlach at (219) 365-5791 or email jjgerlach@att.net.

North Newton looking for varsity girls tennis coach

MOROCCO | North Newton High School is looking for a varsity girls tennis coach. For details, contact Tim Feddeler at tfedderler@nn.k12.in.us.

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.

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 indianabulldogs@comcast.net.

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 ditrfp73@aol.com.

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 2014hitmen@gmail.com.

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