Valpo YMCA offers youth programs
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Family YMCA is offering youth basketball and volleyball leagues. The youth basketball league is for children aged 3 to sixth grade. Registration ends Friday. The youth volleyball league is for children aged 4 to sixth grade. Registration runs through Feb. 28. The league will begin March 10. Cost is $26 for YMCA members, $52 for non-members. For details, call (219) 462-4185, or go to www.valpoymca.org.
Softball pitching lessons at The Courts
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | Perfect Pitch will conduct softball pitching lessons on Thursdays in February at The Courts of Northwest Indiana. Sessions will run from 6 to 7 p.m. For details, contact Kassey Jones at (219) 546-2626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Golf season passes on sale
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Department of Parks and Recreation's 2014 golf season passes are on sale. Purchase before Jan. 18 and pay the 2013 rate. Passes are available for residents and non-residents, and are good for play at both golf courses. For details, call (219) 531-7888 or (219) 462-5144.
Hammond Outdoor Sports Show this weekend
HAMMOND | The 30th annual Hammond Outdoor Sports Show will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Jean Shepherd Community Center, 3031 J.F. Mahoney Drive. Admission is $5; children under 12 get in free. There will be free goodie bags for the first 300 attendees each day. Tickets are on sale at the Jean Shepherd Center. For details, call (219) 554-0155, or go to www.gohammond.com.
Senior Singles Bowling Tournament at Set 'Em Up Lanes
GRIFFITH | The Greater Calumet Area USBC will hold its eighth annual Senior Singles Bowling Tournament on Jan. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at Set 'Em Up Lanes, 135 N. Broad St. Divisions open to male and female GCA-sanctioned bowlers include ages 50-59 averaging 211 or more, ages 50-59 averaging 210 or less, 60-and-over averaging 201 or more and ages 60-and-over averaging 200 or less. Participants bowl four games and keep the best three in the handicapped event. Cost is $30. For details, call (219) 923-7240, or go to www.greatercalumet.com.
Winter softball camps at VU
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso's softball team will host a a pair of camps this winter. The hitting/pitching camp will be Jan. 19, while the all-skills camp will be Feb. 23. Both camps are available for children in grades two through 12. The cost is $65 for each camp. The hitting-pitching camp will run in two separate two-hour sessions. Additional early-bird camps for grades eight through 12 are available for an extra $40. A video swing analysis is available for an extra $30. The all-skills camp will be split into separate three-hour groups (grades two to seven and eight to 12). For details, go to www.valposoftballclinics.com.
K of C free throw contest Jan. 26
PORTAGE | The Knights of Columbus Council No. 9114 will host its free throw shooting contest at 10 a.m. Jan. 26 in the Portage High School East Gym. Doors will open at 9 a.m. Children aged 9 to 14 are eligible for the free event. Winners will advance to district competition, which will take place at 10 a.m. Feb. 9 at the Portage High School East Gym. For details, call Gil Spisak at (219) 628-3816, or go to www.kofc9114.org.
Valpo Parks offer youth soccer camps
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Parks and Recreation Department and members of the Valparaiso University soccer teams will conduct a skills camp for players aged 3 to 12 from 3:30 to 4:30 (aged 3 to 6) and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (aged 7 to 12) Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23 in the Valparaiso High School fieldhouse. Prices are $15 for Valpo residents, $27 for non-residents. Registration is due Jan. 24. For details, call (219) 462-5144, or go to www.valpoparks.org.
Diamond Kings to hold sign-ups for winter hitting leagues
ST. JOHN | Diamond Kings Baseball and Softball will hold Winter Hitting Leagues for 9-and-under/10U, 11U/12U, 13U/14U and high school. The eight-week league will begin Jan. 19 and include a tournament for qualifying teams. Teams will schedule their game times during a meeting at Diamond Kings the week before play begins. Cost is $85 per player. Deadline to register a four-player team is Sunday. For details, call (219) 558-2273 or go to www.TrainDK.com.
Hawks' Kostka, NBA HOFer Barry at Bridges' Scoreboard
GRIFFITH | Blackhawks defenseman Michael Kostka will sign autographs at Bridges' Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar, 121 N. Griffith Blvd., from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Autograph tickets are on sale for $20 for each autograph. Photos of Kostka will be on sale for $10 each. NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry will sign autographs at Bridges' from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 22. Advance autograph tickets are $30 (one autograph) or $50 (two autographs). Tickets at the door are $40 (one autograph). Photos of Rick Barry will be on sale for $10 each. To purchase tickets, call (219) 924-2206.
Crown Point Babe Ruth to hold sign-ups
CROWN POINT | Crown Point Babe Ruth will hold sign-ups for players aged 13 to 18 from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 and Feb. 8 at Crown Point Family Fun Center Dome, 1301 Merrillville Road. The cost is $200 per player, which includes $25 in raffle tickets, $100 for the second player with a $300 family maximum. The 13-15 division will accept players from Crown Point, Hebron, Hobart and Merrillville. The 16-18 division will take players from Lake, Porter, Newton and LaPorte counties. Any player born in 1995 is eligible for the 16-18 programs. For details, call Don Ernst at (219) 746-4351 or Becky Mild at (219) 306-6599.
Indiana Chiefs of Hammond to hold Sunday camps
HAMMOND | The Indiana Chiefs of Hammond will offer Sunday Morning Baseball Camps inside the Bishop Noll fieldhouse, 1519 Hoffman St. The camp dates are Jan. 26; Feb. 2, 9 and 23, and March 2 and 9. Players aged 7 to 12 as of May 1, 2014, are eligible to participate from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; players aged 13 to 15 as of May 1, 2014, are eligible to participate from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $15 per session or $75 for all six sessions if paid by Jan. 26. Those who register for all six sessions will receive a camp T-shirt. To register, call (219) 852-9461, or go to hammondchiefs.com.
Calumet College to host softball clinic Jan. 26
WHITING | Calumet College's softball team will host a basic skills clinic from noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 26. Coach Stephanie Zimny, her staff and team will be joined by Illinois-Chicago coach and Olympic gold medal winner Michelle Venturella and others to conduct the camp. Cost is $60 prepaid, $70 at the door. For details, contact Stephanie Zimny at email@example.com or (219) 616-2054.
Ice fishing derby Feb. 1
WALKERTON | The Fish Lake Property Owners Association will host its 42nd annual ice fishing derby from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Fish Lake American Legion, 302 Lakeside Drive. For details, call (219) 369-1235.
Triple Crown Threat teams need players
The Triple Crown Threat 10- and 12-and-under softball teams need players. The 10U team needs a pitcher, while the 12U team needs a catcher. For details, call Josh at (574) 876-0301.
Indiana Angels softball team seeks two players
The Indiana Angels 12-and-under softball team seeks two players, no specific positions, to complete its roster. For details, call Al Zabrecky at (219) 781-1727.
Storm looking for part-time 8U travel baseball players
The Storm 8U part-time travel baseball team is looking for one or two 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.
South Shore Steelheads seeks 16U baseball players
The South Shore Steelheads 16-and-under baseball team is in need of two players. 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.