PYB starting middle school division
PORTAGE | Portage Youth Basketball is starting a middle school division for seventh and eighth grade boys and girls in Northwest Indiana. Cost is $90, $45 for additional immediate family members, plus a $5 concessions fee. Games are played on Saturdays and Sundays. Uniforms are provided. For details, find PYB on Facebook; go to www.portage basketball.com; email email@example.com, or call Andy Maletta at (219) 763-1589.
Portage baseball to hold skills camp
PORTAGE | The Portage High School baseball program will host an eight-week all-star skills camp in the fieldhouse. Sessions will be held today and Nov. 17, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22, and Jan. 5 and 12 in the PHS fieldhouse. Players will receive one-on-one instruction on topics including grip, stance, swing, throwing mechanics and fielding from the high school coaching staff and varsity players. Space is limited to ensure each player gets the most out of the camp. To register, call Tim Pirowski at (219) 484-1405.
Valparaiso 13.1-mile race Sunday
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso 13.1-mile race will take place Sunday. The event is an annual fundraiser for United Way of Porter County's Power of Youth. For details, go to www.thtiming.com.
Youth coed volleyball registration under way
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Parks Department is starting a coed youth volleyball league. Registration will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 21 at the Valpo Parks Office. The league, to be conducted at the Boys and Girls Club of Valparaiso, is open to second- through fifth-graders. The season will run Jan. 7 through March 2. Games will begin Jan. 26. Practices will be held on Wednesdays or Thursdays with games on Saturdays. Cost is $55 for Valpo residents, $65 for nonresidents. The fee includes an annual Boys and Girls Club membership. Anyone with an active membership will receive a $25 discount. For details, go to www.valpoparks.org, or call (219) 462-5144.
Junior golf sessions available in November
VALPARAISO | Several junior golf sessions for children aged 3 to 18 are available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in November at Creekside Golf Course and Training Center. Options include Junior 101 and 202 classes, Li’l Tigers, Linksters Academies and LPGA Girls Golf. Prices range from $10 to $30 per class, plus range balls. For details, go to www.nancybender.com, or call Nancy Bender at (219) 531-7888.
12th annual Turkey Trot Nov. 22
PORTAGE | The 12th annual Turkey Trot four-mile run/5K noncompetitive walk will take place at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 22. The event will start and finish at the Portage Township YMCA. For details, go to www.ymcaofportage.org; call (219) 762-9622, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former Olympian to appear in Chesterton
CHESTERTON | Distance runner Adam Goucher, who participated in the 2000 Olympics and was an NCAA champion with the University of Colorado, will speak from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Chesterton Middle School. There will also be a fun run at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 1 at Extra Mile Fitness, 1330 E. Lincolnway, with Goucher participating. To register for the fun run, go to www.thtiming.com. For details, call (219) 309-3428.
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.
Little League competes for $2,500 grant
PORTAGE | Portage Little League has a chance to receive a $2,500 grant as part of Liberty Mutual Insurance's Responsible Sports program. People are encouraged to go to www.ResponsibleSports.com/Grant and fill out a 10-question quiz. Each completed quiz is worth a point. Organizations that earn the most points in their division will win one of the 15 grants. The competition ends Nov. 30. For details, visit www.portagelittleleague.org or www.facebook.com/PortageLL.
Winter VIP Soccer Camps runs Dec. 2, March 17
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso University men's soccer program will run VIP Day Camps on Dec. 2 and March 17. For details, contact Jeff Oleck at (219) 464-5059 or Jeff.Oleck@valpo.edu, or go to www.valposoccerVIP.com.
State umpiring indoor clinic at Fun Center Dome
CROWN POINT | An indoor National Babe Ruth Baseball Umpire Clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Crown Point Fun Center Dome, 1301 Merrillville Road. Registration will start at 7:45 a.m. All youth league umpires and anyone interested in becoming an umpire with national certification are encouraged to attend. Umpires will need to dress and bring their own equipment if available. An open-book national certifiction test will be given to first-time umpires. Returning umpires can become recertified for the 2013 season. The cost of the clinic alone is $25, which includes lunch, plus $45 to take the certification or to recertify. To RSVP, call Randy Walker at (219) 865-2437 or John Pearson at (219) 661-9923.
Baseball, softball skill sessions offered
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Parks youth program and Valparaiso University's baseball and softball teams have joined to offer youth baseball and softball lessons. The one-hour sessions will run on Sundays through Jan. 20. Each lesson is $1. No registration is required. For details, go to www.valpoparks.org, or call (219) 462-5144.
Assistant baseball coach opening at Westville
WESTVILLE | Westville High School is accepting applications for its assistant varsity baseball coaching position. For details, go to www.westville.k12.in.us.
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.
Triple Crown taking team practice reservations
VALPARAISO | Triple Crown Valparaiso is taking reservations for winter team practices. For details, call (219) 462-3927, or go to www.triplecrownvalpo.com.
Storm seeks players for 10-and-under baseball team
The 10-and-under Storm part-time travel baseball team is looking for players, who will still be allowed to play in Little League/Cal Ripken. For an individual tryout, call Luke Donsbach at (219) 313-2920.
Crown Point Bulldogs softball team seeks pitcher
CROWN POINT | The Crown Point Bulldogs 16-and-under travel "A" softball team is looking for a pitcher. For tryout details, call (219) 512-4229.
Porter County Storm seeks baseball managers/coaches
CHESTERTON | The Porter County Storm is in need of a manager and assistant coaches for its 16-and-under White baseball team. Interested candidates should email their experience and a brief explanation of why they are seeking the position to Nick Doud at email@example.com.
Southshore Steelheads need a player
The Southshore Steelheads 13-and-under travel baseball team is looking for a player to complete its 2013 spring/summer roster. For details, contact coach Dave Cooper at (219) 545-1422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Triple Crown seeks baseball players
Those interested in playing for Triple Crown's 11-and-under, 14U, 16U and 18U baseball teams should call Rich Bafia at (219) 678-0493.
Indiana Playmakers seek 9U baseball players
The Indiana Playmakers 9-and-under baseball team seeks players for next year. Those interested should contact George at (773) 908-5445.
Baseball/softball bat speed course offered
VALPARAISO | A bat speed training course for both baseball and softball will be offered for players aged 10 to 23 at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. weekdays. For details, call Eric Snyder at (219) 241-9167.