Union Township Softball holding sign-ups
UNION TOWNSHIP | Union Township Softball will hold sign-ups from 8 a.m. to noon today and Feb. 2 in the Wheeler High School cafeteria. Cost is $45 for T-ball, $95 for regular softball and $150 maximum per family. The league will hold its Daddy Daughter Dance from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 at Union Center Elementary. Cost is $25. For details, call Lorra Miller at (219) 263-3463 or Kenny Edmond at (219) 510-2971.
Former college players giving lessons at Bases Loaded
VALPARAISO | Former Valparaiso University pitcher Alex Lagesse and former Indiana University pitcher Kassey Reynolds Jones are offering softball pitching lessons, and former VU player and high school coach Lisa Setzler is offering softball hitting lessons at Bases Loaded, LLC, 884 North 100 West. For details, contact Lagesse at firstname.lastname@example.org, Setzler at email@example.com or Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bases Loaded is also accepting reservations for indoor individual and team softball and baseball practices. For details, contact Denise at (219) 678-4487 or email@example.com.
Valpo Americans Little League sign-ups start today
VALPARAISO | Valpo Americans Little League sign-ups will take place from noon to 2:30 p.m. today, Feb. 2 and 9 at Valpo Americans Park. Players aged 4 to 18 as of May 1 are eligible. For details, call Rob Zborowski at (219) 531-1114 after 6 p.m., or go to www.valpoamericansbaseball.org.
State Park sign-ups start today
CHESTERTON | Sign-ups for State Park Little League baseball and softball start from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Chesterton Town Hall. Sign-ups will also run from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at Gelsosomo's and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at the 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, (219) 926-2571), Duane Dibble (email@example.com, (219) 395-6112), or go to www.stateparklittleleague.com.
Crown Point Babe Ruth holding 13-15 and 16-18 sign-ups
CROWN POINT | Crown Point Babe Ruth will hold sign-ups for players aged 13 to 15 from noon to 3 p.m. today at the C.P. Family Fun Center Dome, 1301 Merrillville Road. Cost is $190 per player, which includes $25 in raffle tickets, and $90 for second player. Family maximum is $280. For details, call Becky Mild at (219) 306-6599.
C.P. Babe Ruth will hold sign-ups for players aged 16 to 18 from noon to 3 p.m. today at the C.P. Family Fun Center Dome. 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 to 18 division. Players born in January, February, March and April of 1997 must play in the 16 to 18 division. Cost is $190 per player, which includes $25 raffle tickets. For details, call John Pearson at (219) 661-9923.
Openings remain for Lakeshore bowling tourney
There are still openings for the LakeShore USBC Association Bowling Tournament. Team squad openings at Ray's Lanes in Lake Station are at 3 p.m. today and 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 10. Singles and doubles squad openings at Camelot Lanes in Portage are at 1 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 9. For details, call Ken Laviolette at (219) 741-4915, or email KDLCSL89@hotmail.com.
K of C free throw contest Sunday
PORTAGE | The Knights of Columbus Council No. 9114 will host its free throw shooting contest at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Portage High School East Gym. Doors will open at 9 a.m. Children aged 10 to 14 are eligible for the free event. Winners will advance to district competition, which will take place at 10 a.m. Feb. 3 at the Portage fieldhouse. For details, call Gil Spisak at (219) 628-3816, or go to www.kofc9114.org.
Duneland Lacrosse sign-ups start Sunday
CHESTERTON | Sign-ups for Duneland Lacrosse will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 3 at the Library Service Center, 100 Indiana Ave. Children aged 7 to 18 are eligible. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (219) 926-8681 or (219) 898-9103, or go to www.dunelandlacrosse.com.
Valparaiso gymnastics class sign-ups Wednesday
VALPARAISO | Enrollment for the next session of gymnastics classes at Valparaiso High School will run from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the fieldhouse. Students aged 5 and older can enroll for the 5:30 or 6:30 p.m. classes on Mondays or Wednesdays. Monday classes will start Feb. 4. Wednesday classes will begin Feb. 13. There are six sessions for each class. The cost is $36.
Singles racquetball league begins Monday
PORTAGE | A singles racquetball league will start Monday at the Portage Township YMCA. The cost is $25 for primary plus members, $35 for primary members and $50 for non-members. Players aged 18 and older are eligible. For details, call (219) 762-9672, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.
Second annual Spirit Clinic next week
VALPARAISO | The Vikettes and Valparaiso High School varsity cheerleaders will host their second annual spirit clinic from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday in Viking Gym. The clinic is open to girls in kindergarten through fifth grade. Registration will be at 6:15 Monday in the gym lobby. The cost is $30. Participants will perform at Friday's varsity girls basketball game against Chesterton. For details, call (219) 531-3070, ext. 3070, or email email@example.com.
Wheeler indoor track series under way
UNION TOWNSHIP | The Wheeler indoor track series will be held Monday and Feb. 4 in the high school fieldhouse. Registration for competition in a wide range of running and field events begins at 5:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. Cost is $7 per event. Winners receive ribbons. For details, email Luis Guillen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rhonda Anderson at email@example.com.
Special needs ice skating party at Deep River
MERRILLVILLE | The Cooperative Special Recreational Initiative will host a private ice skating party for families with special needs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 9 at Deep River Waterpark Ice Skating Plaza, 9001 East U.S. 30. Cost is $6. Pre-registration and pre-pay is required by Feb. 8. For details, call (219) 769-7275.
Valentine's 5K run/walk Feb. 10
VALPARAISO | The Valentine's 5K run/walk will start at 10 a.m. Feb. 10 in the north parking lot at Valparaiso High School. Cost is $30 with a T-shirt, $25 without a T-shirt. For details, go to wwww.thtiming.com; call Mike Prow at (219) 548-3694, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Joseph's to hold winter softball camps
RENSSELAER | Saint Joseph's College will hold winter softball camps for grade school and high school players Feb. 10. The hitting and defense camp ($60) will run from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The pitching camp ($50) will run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The slapping camp ($50) will run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Cost for two camps is $100. Special rates are available for teams of five or more players. For details, call coach Frank Wilkins at (219) 796-5214.
Play 4 Kay Event Feb. 16 at VU
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso University women's basketball team will host its fifth annual Play 4 Kay game Feb. 16. Female cancer survivors are welcome to attend the game and participate in a pregame ceremony. For details, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (219) 464-5146.
VU Hall of Fame inductions Feb. 16
VALPARAISO | Four individuals and one group of teams will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame as the Class of 2013 on Feb. 16. The list includes Katie Boone, Floyd Henderson, Paul Nauman and Jack Todhunter as well as the Crusaders' cross country teams from 1963 to 1965. The banquet will begin at 11 a.m. in Hilltop Gym. The cost is $30. Registration deadline is Feb. 8. For details, call Sharon Jackson at (219) 464-5471 or (800) 803-7184, ext. 72.
Ice Fishing Derby Feb. 16
WALKERTON | The Fish Lake Property Owner Association's 41st annual Ice Fishing Derby will run from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at the American Legion Post on 302 Lakeside Drive. Registration will run from 5 to 10 a.m. For details, call (219) 369-1235.
VU softball to host winter camp
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso University women's softball program will host an all-skills winter camp Feb. 17 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 Feb. 20. A $5 late fee will be added to the total for anyone that registers between Feb. 21 and March 1. The event benefits the Changing Lives Campaign. For details, go to www.valpoymca.org.
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.
Valpo VIP Soccer Day Camp March 17
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.