Kouts Cal Ripken sign-ups today
KOUTS | Kouts Cal Ripken baseball sign-ups will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the Kouts Library. Pleasant Township boys aged 5 to 12 by April 30 are eligible. Cost is $85 for first born, $70 for other eligible brothers. For details, call Gary Collins at (219) 766-2973, or email email@example.com.
Lady Viking Soccer sign-ups begin today
VALPARAISO | Sign-ups for Lady Viking Soccer will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at the Boys and Girls Club. Another sign-up will run from 5 to 7 p.m. March 7 at Blythe's. Girls in grades one through 12 are eligible. For details, call (219) 252-2631, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.ladyvikingsoccer.org.
VU softball to host winter camp
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso University women's softball program will host an all-skills winter camp Sunday for children in grades three to 12. The cost is $70. For details, go to www.valposoftballclinics.com; call (219) 464-5047, or email Lauren.Ebstein@valpo.edu.
Softball pitching, hitting clinic at Bases Loaded
VALPARAISO | Bases Loaded, 884 North 100 West, will hold softball pitching and hitting clinics with Alex Lagesse and Lisa Setzler. The clinics will be from 4 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Monday and Feb. 25. Cost is $10. To register, call Denise at (219) 678-4487.
LaPorte County Babe Ruth sign-ups next week
LAPORTE | LaPorte County Babe Ruth summer baseball sign-ups will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Civic Auditorium. Players aged 13 to 15 (juniors) and 16 to 18 (seniors) are eligible. Cost is $100 for fundraiser option, $155 for the nonfundraiser option. For details, contact Jim Bodine (219-324-3428, email@example.com), John Downs (219-575-0080) or BJ Warnock (219-395-0130, BJWarnock64@yahoo.com).
South Haven Little League sign-ups Feb. 23
SOUTH HAVEN | South Haven Little League will hold registration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at the South Haven Boys and Girls Club, 723 Long Run Road. Cost is $105. Birth certificate is needed at registration. For details, call Phil Saylor at (219) 331-0033.
Cougars 12U travel softball team seeks players
The 12-and-under Cougars travel softball has two openings, all positions considered. For details, contact Rich Arndt at (219) 395-8198, (773) 551-1185 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult softball umpire clinic at River Forest High School
An Indiana ASA Region I adult softball umpire clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23 at River Forest High School. Use Entrance M. For details, call Dick Zurbriggen at (219) 776-0654.
Youth Sports Expo coming to Porter County Center
VALPARAISO | The Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road, will host the Northwest Indiana Youth Sports Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 24. Businesses and organizations such as the YMCA, Blythe's Sporting Goods, Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers and Cinemagic Sports Line will be on hand with information on their businesses and products. There will be seminars, including one featuring Dr. Anthony Levenda from Lakeshore Bone and Joint speaking on knee injuries and common over-use sports injuries.
There will be demonstrations and food vendors. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children aged 5 to 12. Children under 5 get in free.
Portage Township YMCA cheerleading starts Feb. 28
PORTAGE | Portage Township YMCA's cheerleading program for children aged 4 to 12 will run Feb. 28 through April 27. Practices will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The cheerleaders will perform at Y-Ball games. Cost is $31.50 for primary plus members, $45 for primary members and $90 for non-members. For details, call (219) 762-9672, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.
Inswimniac Challenge March 2-3
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso YMCA's annual Inswimniac Challenge will take place March 2 and 3. The 24-hour swim starts at noon March 2. Individuals or teams up to 10 swimmers can participate. Cost is $55 for individuals, $45 per team. Registration will run through Wednesday. A $5 late fee will be added to the total for anyone that registers between Thursday and March 1. The event benefits the Changing Lives Campaign. For details, go to www.valpoymca.org.
Sign-ups under way for Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth
VALPARAISO | Sign-ups are being taken for the Valparaiso Parks Department's Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth spring and summer baseball leagues. Cal Ripken Rookie League is open to children aged 7 and 8. The cost is $60 for Valparaiso residents, $72 for non-residents. Registration deadline is May 10. The Cal Ripken Minor League is open to ages 9 and 10, while the majors league is open to those 11 and 12. Cost is $70 for residents, $82 for non-residents. Registration is due March 1. Babe Ruth is open to ages 13 to 15. Games will run from April through June. Cost is $110 for residents, $122 for non-residents. Entry deadline is March 1. For details, call (219) 462-5144, or go to www.valpoparks.org.
Crown Point Babe Ruth holding sign-ups
CROWN POINT | Crown Point Babe Ruth is holding sign-ups for players aged 16 to 18 this week at the C.P. Family Fun Center Dome, 1301 Merrillville Road. Players will be accepted from Lake, Porter, Newton and LaPorte counties. Any player born in 1994, 1995 and 1996 is eligible for the Babe Ruth 16-18 division. Players born in January, February, March and April of 1997 must play in the 16-18 division. Cost is $190 per player, which includes $25 for raffle tickets. For details, call John Pearson at (219) 661-9923.
Blackbirds host Rampage this weekend
DYER | The Illiana Blackbirds, who have risen to the top of the Great Lakes Division standings of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League, will play host to the Wisconsin Rampage at 7:30 p.m. today and 4:10 p.m. Sunday at Midwest Training and Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave. For details, go to www.illianablackbirds.com.
Y basketball begins March 4
PORTAGE | Practices for the Portage Township YMCA's youth basketball program will run March 4 through April 26, while games will run March 16 through April 27. Children aged 3 to 13 are eligible. The cost is $28.70 for primary plus members, $41 for primary members and $82 for non-members. For details, call (219) 762-9672, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.
Northern Indiana Basketball Series in March
The Northern Indiana Basketball Series will host tournaments for boys teams in grades four to eight March 9 at West Noble High School, March 16 at John Glenn High School and March 23 at Wawasee High School. Entry fee is $165. Each tournament has a three-game guarantee. For details, contact Larry Wright at (260) 403-0115 or email@example.com.
Valpo VIP Soccer Day Camp March 17
Babe Ruth umpire clinic at Hammond Civic Center
HAMMOND | A National Babe Ruth Baseball umpire/coaches clinc will be held at the Hammond Civic Center from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23. Registration will be 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 may become recertified but don't have to take the test. Cost of the clinic is $25, which includes lunch, plus $40 to take the certification test or to recertify. To RSVP or for details, call Randy Walker at (219) 865-2437 or John Pearson at (219) 661-9923.
NWIWSL is looking for players
VALPARAISO | The Northwest Indiana Women's Soccer League is looking for players who are at least 25 years old. Games are on Saturday afternoons. Registration deadline is March 24. For details, email NWIWSL@gmail.com, or go to www.facebook.com/NWIWSL.
Portage Township Softball League sign-ups under way
PORTAGE | Registration is being accepted for the Portage Township women's and men's softball leagues. Leagues will begin April 15. The registration deadline is 3 p.m. April 1. Cost is $475, $425 if paid by March 15. For details, call (219) 762-1623, ext. 31.
Free running club meets Tuesdays
PORTAGE | A free community running club meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays in the Portage Township YMCA lobby. The event is a one-hour run. Runners aged 14 and older are eligible. No membership is needed. For details, call (219) 762-9672, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.
Spring, summer soccer sign-ups under way
VALPARAISO | Sign-ups are open for the Valparaiso Park Department's spring and summer youth soccer programs. Children aged 3 to 12 are eligible. The seasons run in April (Coed), June (Kick-Start) and August (Back to School). Cost is $45 for Valparaiso residents, $57 for non-residents in Coed and Back to School. The cost of Kick-Start is $30 for Valpo residents, $42 for non-residents. Register at www.valpoparks.org. or from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the park office. For details, call (219) 462-5144.
Portage offers free walking club
PORTAGE | The Portage Township YMCA and the City of Portage have combined to run a free walking club, which takes place at 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays. During inclement weather, the YMCA track will be used for the session. No membership is needed. For details, call (219) 762-9672, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.
Portage Y offers Thursday night volleyball
PORTAGE | Thursday night volleyball is available from 7 to 9 at the Portage Township YMCA. The cost is $10 for non-members. Players aged 14 and older are eligible. For details, call (219) 762-9672, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.
Former MLB pitcher giving lessons at Triple Crown
VALPARAISO | Former Cubs and White Sox pitcher Steve Trout is available for both small group and individual pitching lessons at Triple Crown Valparaiso. For details, call (219) 462-3927.
Triple Crown Titans seek 14U baseball players
The Triple Crown Titans 14-and-under baseball team is looking for two players for the 2013 season. For details, contact Ed Gomez at (219) 880-9930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Porter County Storm in need of baseball players
The Porter County Storm Baseball Program is seeking players for this season. All players from Lake, LaPorte, Porter and Newton counties, and have been born in the years 1994, 1995, 1996 and before May 1, 1997, are eligible to play. Team workouts are under way. For details, contact Nick Doud at (219) 331-3080 or email@example.com.
Porter County Storm seeks 16U baseball manager
The Porter County Storm Baseball Program needs a manager for its 16-and-under team and will potentially have another manager position open for its mixed age group team. If interested, email Nick Doud at firstname.lastname@example.org with information about yourself and why you want the position.
Liberty Legacy in need of 10U softball players
The Liberty Legacy 10-and-under fast-pitch travel softball team is looking to add players to its roster. Players may be from anywhere but will be required to play Liberty Rec spring softball. The team has already qualified for the NSA World Series in July. To arrange a tryout, email email@example.com.
Indiana Raiders seek utility player
The Indiana Raiders 10-and-under fast-pitch softball travel team is in need of a No. 1 pitcher and a utility player. To set up a tryout, call Karen Kobialka at (219) 508-6530.
Gump's taking reservations for lessons
KOUTS | Gump's Baseball/Softball School is taking reservations for private lessons or team rentals. For details, call Andy Rasala at (219) 766-3109.