Players, coaches needed for American Legion team
VALPARAISO | Players and coaches are needed for an American Legion summer baseball team. Players from Porter County aged 19 and under are eligible. For details, contact Joe Kusiak at (219) 508-9323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers needed for mini pack-a-thon
VALPARAISO | The annual Shamrock Shuffle mini pack-a-thon will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays through March 29. Hours will extend to 7 p.m. Thursday and March 19. For details, call (219) 464-9621, ext. 283.
Baseball spring training at Bases Loaded
VALPARAISO | Baseball spring training for boys aged 8 to 12 will be offered Wednesday and March 20 at Bases Loaded, 884 North 100 West. Players will work on hitting, fielding, pitching and catching in small groups. To register, call (219) 678-4487.
Crown Point Lacrosse to host St. Rita on Wednesday
CROWN POINT | Crown Point Lacrosse, which has expanded to include a junior varsity team, will open its season at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Crown Point Sportsplex, 1313 E. North St. Admission to the game is free; concessions will be available. The inaugural season for C.P Lacrosse's youth program -- under 13 and under 15 -- begins April 14. For details, go to www.freeteams.net/cplax.
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. Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 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 Sunday
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso University men's soccer program wil run its initial VIP Day Camp of the year Sunday. For details, email email@example.com, 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 Monday. For details, call (219) 738-2424, or go to www.thefieldhouse-merrillville.com.
Porter County Girls Softball Association slates umpire clinic
WANATAH | The Porter County Girls Softball Association will hold an umpire's clinic from noon to 4 p.m. March 23 at Wanatah Middle School, 300 School Drive. The clinic is free and open to all individuals interested in umpiring in the PCGSA for the 2013 season. All umpires who umpired in the PCGSA last year at Boone Grove, Kouts, LaWanna, Morgan Township, South Central, Washington Township and Valparaiso are encouraged to attend. For details, contact Mitchell Starnes at (219) 508-8532 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Babe Ruth umpire clinic 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. March 23 at the Hammond Civic Center. 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.
Rosters available for adult softball, soccer leagues
VALPARAISO | Rosters are available for the Valparaiso Park Department's adult softball and soccer leagues. Roster deadline for men's and women's softball is March 27. The cost is $590 plus non-resident fees. Soccer deadline is April 17. The cost is $725 plus non-resident fees. Individuals can sign up for $75 (resident) or $87 (non-resident). For details, call (219) 462-5144, or go to www.valpoparks.org.
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 Friday. For details, call (219) 762-1623, ext. 31.
Ringing in Spring April 6
VALPARAISO | The Ringing in Spring 5K/10K run, 5K prediction walk will take place at 9 a.m. April 6 at the Valparaiso YMCA. For details, go to www.ringinginspring.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 will play an ASA A/NSA A-B schedule. To arrange a tryout, email Jim Smith at Jim.Smith@mistrasgroup.com, or call (219) 712-2303.
Creekside offers golf sessions
VALPARAISO | Creekside Golf Course and Training Center is offering several sessions in March. For Ladies Only will meet at 9 a.m. Mondays; the Wednesday Afternoon Clinic will start at 2 p.m., and the Saturday Afternoon Clinic will begin at 3. Cost is $15 for each class. Also, a Ping Promo Day will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23. For details, call (219) 531-7888, or go to www.valpoparks.org.
Creekside offers youth golf classes
VALPARAISO | Creekside Golf Course and Training Center is offering several youth sessions for players aged 3 to 18 on Fridays and Saturdays in March. Junior 101 and 202 classes are for players aged 9 to 18; Lil' Tigers is open to players aged 3 to 5, and Linksters Academy is open to players aged 6 to 8. Prices range from $15 to $30. Also, First Tee sessions are available. Players aged 7 to 12 will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. March 23 through 28. The tuition is $110. For details, call (219) 531-7888, or go to www.valpoparks.org.
Northern Indiana Basketball Series in March
The Northern Indiana Basketball Series will host tournaments for boys teams in grades four to eight Saturday 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.
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.
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.
Valpo T-ball sign-ups under way
VALPARAISO | Sign-ups for the Valparaiso Park Department's T-ball league will run through May 10. Children aged 4 to 5 are eligible. Teams play five weeknight games and three Saturday games. For details, call (219) 462-5144, or go to www.valpoparks.org.
Sign-ups under way for Cal Ripken Rookie League
VALPARAISO | Sign-ups are being taken for the Valparaiso Parks Department's Cal Ripken Rookie League, which is open to children aged 7 and 8. The cost is $60 for Valparaiso residents, $72 for non-residents. Registration deadline is May 10. For details, call (219) 462-5144, or go to www.valpoparks.org.
Indiana Chiefs to hold baseball memorial tournament
HAMMOND | The Indiana Chiefs of Hammond are looking for teams to participate in the inaugural Tony Klaja Memorial 14-and-under baseball tournament, to be held May 24 to 27 at Riverside Park. Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of four games. Interested teams should contact Dave Sutkowski at (219) 852-9461, Todd Iwema at (219) 313-5996, or go to www.hammondchiefs.com.
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.