PORTER COUNTY SPORTS BRIEFS: Umpiring clinic April 27 in Valparaiso

2014-04-14T17:00:00Z 2014-04-14T21:59:07Z PORTER COUNTY SPORTS BRIEFS: Umpiring clinic April 27 in Valparaiso nwitimes.com
April 14, 2014 5:00 pm

Portage Township softball deadline Friday

PORTAGE | Sign-ups are underway for Portage Township's adult softball leagues. Cost is $475 per team, and the registration deadline is noon Friday. For details, call (219) 762-1623.

Valpo Parks offer coed soccer, wiffle ball

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Parks and Recreation Department is offering sports programs. Sign-ups for adult coed soccer will run through Wednesday. Cost is $750 plus $12 per non-resident player. Individual players can sign up for $75, $87 for non-residents. An adult wiffle ball tourney will take place the weekend of June 7. Men's, women's and coed events will take place. Cost is $50 per team. The registration deadline is May 28. For details, call (219) 462-5144, or go to www.ValpoParks.org.

Mat Blair Golf Academy offers clinics

VALPARAISO | The Mat Blair Golf Academy at Creekside Golf Course and Training Center offers clinics for juniors and adults. Get Golf Ready will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22 and 24. Cost is $100. Fore Ladies Only clinics will run at 9 a.m. Monday (Sand Shots) and April 28 (Woods: Tee and Fairway). Cost is $15. Adult afternoon clinics will run at 2 p.m. Wednesday (Distance Generators), April 23 (Sand Shots) and April 30 (Around the Green). Cost is $15. Seniors clinics will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Fridays. Cost is $20. A Monday Ladies League will have an organizational meeting at 6 p.m. April 28. A 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. league will be offered. The schedule will run May 5 through June 30. First Tee of Valparaiso will conduct sessions from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturdays through May 17. The event is open to children aged 7 to 12. Cost is $125. Pee Wee classes for ages 3 to 6 will run from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays. Cost is $20. Junior classes for players aged 7 to 9 will run from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. Cost is $20 per class. For details, call (219) 531-7888.

Runners can test Taltree trails next week

VALPARAISO | Runners are welcome to test the trails at Taltree Aboretum and Gardens from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through April 25. The week includes one-hour introductory runs at 5:30 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. April 25. Taltree offers a runner's membership for $40. Anyone who signs up Monday through April 25 saves $5 on membership fees. For details, call (219) 462-0025, or go to www.Taltree.org.

Umpiring clinic April 27 in Valparaiso

VALPARAISO | An umpiring clinic will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. April 27 at the Kirchhoff Park Shelter. For details, call Fred Ehrstein at (219) 465-1934.

Portage Parks offer adult volleyball league

PORTAGE | Adult volleyball sign-ups will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays through April 25 at the Portage Park Office in Woodland Park. Cost is $200 per team. Full payment needs to be received by April 28. A captains meeting will take place at 6 p.m. April 28 in Woodland Park’s Hickory Hollow room. The season will run May 5 to June 19. Coed games are Mondays, women’s games are Wednesdays. For details, call Ralph Mundt at (219) 841-5156, or go to www.inportageparks.com.

Forest Park golf league meetings slated

VALPARAISO | Forest Park Golf Course is offering men’s and women’s leagues. The men’s senior golf league will meet at 8:30 a.m. April 23 in the clubhouse. The league is open to men aged 60 or older. The cost is $40. For details, call Dennis at (219) 462-9578 or email derichardson@comcast.net. The women’s league will meet at 9 a.m. April 22 in the clubhouse. For details, email bat9423@aol.com.

South Shore Roller Girls home opener Saturday

HAMMOND | The South Shore Roller Girls roller derby home opener is at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Jean Shepherd Center, 3031 J.F. Mahoney Drive. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 6 to 10. For details, go to www.southshorerollergirls.com.

Wrestling officials callout meeting April 22

MERRILLVILLE | A high school wrestling officials callout meeting will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 22 in the freshman lecture hall at Merrilllville High School. Use entrance J to enter the school. The meeting will cover the licensing process, training sessions and testing dates.

Indiana Elite gymnastics clinic, summer camp offered

WHEELER | Indiana Elite Gymnastics is offering a clinic and summer camp. A back handspring/tumbling clinic will run from 1 to 3 p.m. April 26. The cost is $30. The camp will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 16 to 20. The cost is $88. For details, call (219) 764-1019, or email IEG_ASA@aol.com.

Valpo Parks offer youth baseball leagues

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Parks and Recreation Department will run rookie baseball and youth coed T-ball leagues. Rookie baseball is open to children aged 7 to 8. The season will run June 7 through July 19. Cost is $60 for Valpo residents, $72 for non-residents. Coed T-ball is open to children aged 4 to 6. The season will run from June 7 to July 19. Cost is $50 for Valpo residents,$62 for non-residents. Sign-up deadline is May 9.

Zoeller part of May 10 First Tee event

VALPARAISO | Former Masters champion Fuzzy Zoeller will take part in First Tee of Valparaiso’s 15th anniversary celebration May 10 at Creekside Golf and Training Center. A free clinic will take place from 8:45 to 11 a.m. at the Creekside golf range. An adults-only mixer (limited to 50 people) with Zoeller will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A luncheon will follow from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Cost is $150 for the mixer and luncheon. Luncheon-only tickets are $75 for adults, $50 for children aged 17 and under. For details, call (219) 476-7980.

Dunes Classic golf tournament at the Brassie

CHESTERTON | The 29th annual Dunes Classic golf tournament will take place May 17 and 18 at the Brassie Golf Club. It's a flighted-tournament format, 36-hole stroke competitive event. Flights will be based upon the results from the first round May 17. There will be flights for men, women and seniors (65 and older). Awards will be based upon low gross and will be presented during the lunch following the second round May 18. Cost of the event is $75, which includes both rounds of golf with cart, and lunch after both golf days. Registration forms are available at the Brassie, 1110 Pearson Road, Anton Insurance, 155 S. Calumet Road, or at www.dunelandeducationfoundation.org. Entry deadline is May 13.

Valpo Parks offers track and field program

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring its own track and field team. Children aged 4 to 12 are eligible. Practices will start in June. The meets will be June 28, July 12, 19 and 26. Cost is $47 for residents, $59 for non-residents. Registration deadline is May 16.

Valpo Parks offers youth tennis lesson sampler

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Parks and Recreation Department is offering a summer tennis program for children aged 6 to 16. The sessions run at 4 or 5:15 p.m. May 27 to 29. Each participant receives a tennis racquet. Cost is $40 for residents, $52 for non-residents. Sign-up deadline is May 16.

Duneland Diamonds in need of utility player

The Duneland Diamonds 12-and-under travel softball team is in need of a utility player for the upcoming outdoor season. For details or to set up a tryout, call Karen Kobialka at (219) 508-6530.

Triple Crown Outcasts in need of softball players

The Valparaiso-based Triple Crown Outcasts 14-and-under softball team is looking to add a pitcher and a utility player for the spring/summer season. Those interested in trying out should call Aaron Schmick at (219) 406-8264 or Deanna Darnell at (219) 201-6267, or email tcosoftball@gmail.com.

VU men's soccer hosts VIP summer camp

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso men's soccer program will host its eighth annual VIP summer camp June 17 to 19. The event gives campers a chance to get an in-depth look at life as a college soccer player. For details, go to ValpoSoccerVIP.com.

Matt Painter basketball camps take place this summer

WEST LAFAYETTE | Purdue men's basketball coach Matt Painter will take part in three summer basketball camps. The father/son camp will take place June 14. Player development camps will run June 8 to 11 and June 22 to 25. A day camp will run June 30 to July 3. It is open to children in grades one to nine. For details, go to www.purduesportscamps.com.

Sign-ups underway for Wheeler swim lessons

UNION TWP. | Sign-ups continue for summer swimming lessons at Wheeler High School. Children aged 4 and older are eligible for lessons. Class times are 10 a.m., 11 and noon. Session I will run from June 11 to 27, while Session II will run from July 1 to 18. Cost is $75 for the first child, $60 for additional children in family. For details, call Rob Gass at (219) 759-2561, ext. 2251.

VU women's soccer to host camps in June

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso women's soccer program will host three camps June 16 to 18. The Little Crusaders Soccer Camp will run from 6 to 7 p.m. each day. It's open to girls aged 4 to 6. The cost is $35 per day. The Youth Skills Camp will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. each day. It is open to girls aged 7 to 13. The cost is $99. The 2014 VIP High School Camp is open to girls aged 14 to 18. The cost is $350 for residential campers, $275 for commuters. For details, go to www.womens.valposoccervip.com.

VU men's basketball to hold summer camps

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso University men's basketball team will hold three summer camps for children. The Valpo Mini Camp will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. June 23 to 26. The camp is open to children aged 5 to 7. Cost is $115. The Valpo Basketball School will run from 9 a.m. to noon June 23 to 26. The camp is open to players aged 8 to 14. Cost is $165. The Valpo Basketball Academy will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 28 to Aug. 1. It is open to players aged 8 to 14. Cost is $295. For details, call (219) 464-5254, or go to www.valpobasketballcamps.com.

VU volleyball offers summer youth camps

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso women's volleyball program will offer two summer youth camps. The first camp will run from July 8 to 11. It's open to children in grades three to 12. The cost is $420 for overnight campers, $340 for commuters. The second event is a soccer/volleyball camp. Valpo's volleyball and men's soccer programs will instruct the participants. It will run Aug. 4 to 6 and is for children in grades kindergarten to eight. Cost is $100 for both segments, $75 for one segment. For details, go to www.valpovolleyballcamp.com.

Teams sought for Valpo 'Klassic'

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso's girls basketball team will host the Greg Kirby Klassic on June 20 and 21 at Valpo High and Ben Franklin Middle School. Entry is available to the first 32 varsity teams, with each team guaranteed six games. Cost is $150 per team. For details, contact Jack Gabor at (219) 689-9493 or jsgabor@yahoo.com.

Chicago Fire Summer Camp runs July 14-18

OGDEN DUNES | The Chicago Fire Summer Camps will take place July 14 to 18 at the Ogden Dunes Soccer Club. Children aged 3 to 5 will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. each day. The cost is $60. Children aged 6 to 16 will meet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $130. For details, call (708) 496-6774; email lhannant@chicago-fire.com, or go to www.yessoccer.net.

Mud volleyball tourney Aug. 2-3

HOBART | Hobart's Rugby Field, 112 E. Old Ridge Road, will be the site for the Hobart Jaycees' sixth annual mud volleyball tournament on Aug. 2 and 3. Cost is $200 per team. All proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Riley Children's Hospital's Camp About Face and the Jaycees' Christmas for Kids Shopping Spree. For details, email Community@HobartJaycees.com.

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