State Park sign-ups Saturday
CHESTERTON | Sign-ups for State Park Little League baseball and softball will run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Chesterton Town Hall. Children aged 5 to 16 are eligible for baseball and softball. Children aged 5 to 21 are eligible for Challenger Division. The cost is $150 for junior/senior divisions (13-16), $120 for T-ball, $140 for minor/major divisions, $130 for instructional baseball (7-8) and $35 for Challenger Division. For details, contact Audra Peterson (email@example.com, (219) 926-2571), Duane Dibble (firstname.lastname@example.org, (219) 395-6112), or go to www.stateparklittleleague.com.
Porter County Storm slates baseball sign-ups
CHESTERTON | The Porter County Storm Baseball Program will hold sign-ups from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and March 9 at Westchester Intermediate School. Players born in 1994, 1995, 1996 and prior to May 1, 1997, are eligible to play. Cost is $275. For details, go to www.portercountystorm.com.
Indiana State Billiards Championships at Radisson
MERRILLVILLE | The American CueSports Indiana Association will hold the 16th annual Indiana State Pocket Billiards Championships, Wednesday through Sunday at the Radisson Star Plaza. On Wednesday, there will be Seniors (5 p.m.) and Open 9-Ball (6 p.m.); on Thursday, there will be Scotch Doubles (9 a.m.) and Single 8-Ball (4 p.m.); on Friday, Team play will start at 6 p.m. and will run through Sunday. Special Youth/Adult and Young Adult/Adult Scotch Doubles will also be held Sunday. For details, call Cecil Messer at (219) 465-8101 or Julie Ann Mitchell at (219) 762-0209.
Aquacise class begins Monday
PORTAGE | The Portage Township YMCA's aquacise class will run from 6:15 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from Monday through March 20. Registration deadline is Thursday. Cost is $12 for YMCA members, $24 for non-members. For details, call (219) 762-9672, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.
Portage Township YMCA cheerleading starts Thursday
PORTAGE | Portage Township YMCA's cheerleading program for children aged 4 to 12 will run Thursday 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.
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 Friday. 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 Friday. For details, call (219) 462-5144, or go to www.valpoparks.org.
Steel Wheels BMX event Saturday
HOBART | Steel Wheels BMX's Race for Life will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at the track, 709 N. Hobart Road. The race supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Registration will start at 11 a.m. The cost is $20 for Class or Cruiser, $10 for Old Guns Shootout and $5 for Open/Strider.
Also, the Redline Cup Qualifier will take place at 11 a.m. Sunday. Sign-ups will start at 9 a.m. The cost is $25 for Class or Cruiser, $5 for Open/Strider.
For details, call (219) 406-9833, email email@example.com, or go to www.steelwheelsbmx.com.
Phoenix Softball 10U seeks pitcher
The Phoenix Softball 10-and-under travel team is looking to add a pitcher with a 2002 or after birth date to its roster. The team, which will play an ASA A/NSA A-B schedule, has qualified for the NSA World Series in July. To arrange a tryout, email Jim Smith at Jim.Smith@mistrasgroup.com, or call (219) 712-2303.
LaPorte Lazers seek softball players
LAPORTE | The LaPorte Lazers 14-and-under softball team will hold tryouts for two additional players Sunday. Email name. date of birth and experience level to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Y basketball begins Monday
PORTAGE | Practices for the Portage Township YMCA's youth basketball program will run Monday 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.
Lady Viking Soccer sign-ups March 7
VALPARAISO | Sign-ups for Lady Viking Soccer 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 email@example.com, or go to www.ladyvikingsoccer.org.
K of C bean bag event March 9
PORTAGE | The Knights of Columbus Council No. 9114's bean bag event will start at 11 a.m. March 9 at Nativity of Our Savior's school hall. Cost is $15 per person or $30 a team.
For details, call (219) 617-3766, or go to www.kofc9114.org.
24th annual bowl-a-thon March 10
PORTAGE | The Portage Township YMCA's 24th annual bowl-a-thon will take place from noon to 3 p.m. March 10 at Camelot Lanes. Participants are asked to raise $50 in pledges for the event. For details, call (219) 762-9622 or email firstname.lastname@example.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.
Hunter's Education Safety Course at Cedar Creek
CEDAR LAKE | Lake County Parks is offering a Hunter's Education Safety Course from 6 to 9 p.m. March 15, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 16 at Cedar Creek Family Golf Center, 10483 W. 109th Ave. Participants must attend both session and pass a written test. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources requires all hunters born after 1986 to take the class. All hunters, regardless of age, need this class if they wish to hunt out of state or participate in state-sponsored hunts. Those who pass the exam will receive a certified hunter's education card that is good for life. Children 12 and younger are required to have an adult present at the class. Pre-registration is required by calling (219) 947-7275.
Valpo VIP Soccer Day Camp March 17
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso University men's soccer program wil run its initial VIP Day Camp of the year March 17. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.valposoccerVIP.com/mens.
State basketball tournament at the Fieldhouse
MERRILLVILLE | The Fieldhouse-Merrillville, 899 East 99th Court, will host its boys and girls grades four to 12 state basketball Tournament of Champions, which includes public, private and travel team divisions, March 23 and 24. Entry fee is $225 per team, $175 for teams in the Fieldhouse-Merrillville Winter League. Entry deadline is March 18. For details, call (219) 738-2424, or go to www.thefieldhouse-merrillville.com.
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.
All-Star Angels to hold cheerleading call-outs
WHEELER | The All-Star Angels will hold call-outs for their competitive cheer teams April 14 at their gym, located at 679 W. Ind. 130. Times for ages 8-and-under will be from noon to 2 p.m., for 9-11 from 2 to 4 p.m., for 12-14 from 4 to 6 p.m. and for 15-18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Boys and girls of all skill levels are encouraged to attend. For details, call Jess at (219) 448-1364 or Bethany at (219) 617-5238, or go to www.indianaelitegymnastics.com.
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.
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.