Playmakers holding baseball tryouts
GRIFFITH | The Playmakers are holding tryouts for their baseball teams for the 2014 season. Tryouts for the 9-year-old team are 7 p.m. Aug. 7 and 11 a.m. Aug. 10 at Dave Griffin's; tryouts for the 11-year-old teams are noon July 27, 7 p.m. July 31 and noon Aug. 4 at Dave Griffin's for Brian Clark's team; and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 27 and from 1 to 3 p.m. July 28 at St. Mary's School in Griffith for Larry Babcock's team; tryouts for 12U through 16U teams will be Aug. 4 at Griffith High School -- from 5 to 7 p.m. for 12U, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for 13U, 1 to 3 p.m. for 14U, 3 to 5 p.m. for 15U, and from 9 to 11 a.m for 16U.
For details, call (219) 922-1107.
World Disc Golf Championships at Lemon Lake
CROWN POINT | The Professional Disc Golf Association will hold its World Championships Aug. 5-10 at Lemon Lake County and Hidden Lake. There is an admission fee for spectators at both parks. For details, go to www.pdga.com.
Crown Point Swim Club to hold kids triathlon
CROWN POINT | The Crown Point Swim Club will hold a sprint kids triathlon for ages 6 and over at Crown Point High School. For details, email email@example.com or visit www.crownpointswimclub.org.
Illiana Blackbirds looking for host families
The Illiana Blackbirds junior hockey team is looking for host families for the 2013-2014 season. Those interested should call Jacqueline Owerko at (312) 301-8200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ross Township Adult Softball League holding registration
MERRILLVILLE | The Ross Township Adults Softball League is taking registrations for the upcoming 2013 fall season. The Men's League will play on Tuesday and Thursday nights. The Co-ed League will play on Wednesday nights. Cost is $600. For details, call (219) 769-2111 or online rosstownship.org.
Pro U basketball camps at The Fieldhouse
MERRILLVILLE | Pro U will hold summer basketball camps at The Fieldhouse-Merrillville for boys and girls in grades 3-12. The Ball Handling Camp will be from 10 a.m. to noon July 15-17; the Strictly Shooting Camp will be from 1 to 3 p.m. July 15-17 and from 1 to 3 p.m. July 29-31; and the FUNdamentals Camps will from 10 a.m. to noon July 29-31.
Registration is $50 for each session, $45 per session is campers attend two sessions in one week, and $30 for each additional family members. A team special of $400 is available per session -- 10 player maximum.
For details, call (219) 738-2424 or visit www.thefieldhouse-merrillville.com.
Hunting education safety courses at Cedar Creek
CEDAR LAKE | The Department of Natural Resources will hold hunter's education safety courses Aug. 16 and 17, and Sept. 13 and 14 at Cedar Creek Family Golf Center, W. 109th Ave. Times are from 6 to 9 p.m. on the Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Saturdays.
For details, contact the DNR at (219) 879-5710 or go to www.in.gov/dnr/.
Trek Bicycle Store to hold Tire Fry bike rides
SCHERERVILLE | Trek Bicycle Store of Schererville will be putting on a pair of "Trek Tire Fry" bike rides this weekend. They will consist of a metric century (62 miles) on Saturday and a full century (100 miles) on Sunday that will utilize roads in Northwest Indiana and Northeast Illinois. The rides will have support vehicles on course as well as food and support stops along the routes. An after-ride party including food, water, music and beer will be included.
Registration is $50 per event or $85 for both events. For details, go to www.trekbikestore.com.
Slam Fest 8U and 9U baseball tourney July 18-21
VALPARAISO | The Valpo Americans will hold their fourth annual 8U and 9U baseball tournament July 18-21. Cost is $375 per team with checks made payable to "Valparaiso American's Baseball. For details, contact Todd Adams at (219) 712-8532 or email@example.com.
Marvin Rea Basketball Camp a Bowman Academy
GARY | The Marvin Rea Basketball Camp will be held at Bowman Academy, 3401 W. 5th Avenue, Monday through Thursday, July 15-18 and July 22-25. Times will be from 10 a.m. to noon for ages 6-12, and from noon to 2 p.m. for ages 13-17. Cost of the camp is $60 and players may register at the door.
Jim East giving basketball shooting lessons
MERRILLVILLE | Former Merrillville boys basketball coach and Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame member Jim East is giving basketball shooting lessons through July and August. For cost and registration, call (219) 662-8157 or (219) 308-5504.
High school girls golf clinic at Cedar Creek
CEDAR LAKE | A high school girls golf clinic will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. July 22-26 at Cedar Creek Family Golf Center, 10483 W. 109th Ave. The fee is $75 for five one-hour classes. Pre-registration with payment is required. For details, call (219) 365-2902.
National Flag Football offering free clinic Saturday
ST. JOHN | National Flag Football is offering a free clinic for ages 4-10 from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Patnoe Park, 106th and White Oak. Campers must register in advance to attend. To register, call (317) 759-2691 or www.NationalFlagFootball.com.
Crete Phoenix 12U girls softball team tryouts
CRETE | The Crete Phoenix 12U girls softball team is holding open tryougs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21 at Crete Elementary School, 435 North St. All positions are available. Pitchers are a plus. Those trying out should bring a lunch and necessary equipment. For details, call Bill Wheeler at (708) 825-3784.
Ron Kittle to hold Retro Jersey Motorcycle Ride
COUNTRYSIDE | Ron Kittle's Retro Jersey Motorcycle Ride will take place Aug. 17 starting and ending at the Illinois Harley Davidson, 9950 Joliet Road. Registration is at 9 a.m.; first bike out is at 11 a.m.; last bike in is at 4 p.m. Registration is $55 per person on site and $50 before Aug. 10; VIP registration is $155 per person and $135 before Aug. 10. All registrants receive continental breakfast, ride T-shirt, sponsor giveaways, after ride party access, food and drink ticket, 100-mile ride map and free entry for one-week vacation. VIP registrants will receive '83 replica Kittle jersey, VIP group photo, a special gift and will ride with Kittle's group.
Proceeds will benefit Indiana Sports Charities, which Kittle founded in 1989. To pre-register for the ride, go to www.indianasportscharities.org.
Midwest Training new location taking registrations
CROWN POINT | Midwest Training has added a Crown Point location at 1204 Erie Court. Open registration is underway for gymnastics, tumbling and dance classes. For details, call (219) 662-8844.
Schererville Fall Ball softball registration
Schererville Fall Ball softball registration are being taken. The league will run from Aug. 17 through Sept. 14 with a year-end tournament on Sept. 20-22. Registration fees for 9U-16U divisions are $85 for one player, $160 for two players, $235 for three players and $310 for four players. Registration fee for co-ed T-ball is $25 per player.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Baseball team seeks adult players for World Series
The Region Red Sox are looking for players for the MSBL/MABL 35+ World Series to be held Oct. 28-Nov. 2. in Arizona. The team's sponsor is covering the team fees, lodging and uniforms. Games will be played on MLB spring training fields. Those interested should contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.regionredsox.com.
Women's rowing club seeks rowers for Chicago Sprints
Athletes are sought to form a women's rowing club to compete in the Chicago Sprints in July. No experience necessary, but rowers must know how to swim and be able to sustain high intensity cardio workouts. Early morning practices are on Wolf Lake in Hammond. For details, call Joan Crist at (219) 932-2706.
Dance camps at Patti's All-American Gymnastics
DYER | Patti's All-American Gymnastics, 1530 Joliet St., is holding dance camps for girls ages 4-8 every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. To register, call (219) 865-2274 or go to www.pattisallamerican.com.
Family lessons offered at Cedar Creek Golf Center
CEDAR LAKE | Cedar Creek Family Golf Center, 10483 W. !09th Ave., is offering family one-hour lessons on the driving range through July 13. Cost for a family of five (max) is $30. For details, call (219) 365-2902.
Summer gymnastics camps at Patti's All-American
DYER | Patti's All-American, 1530 Joliet St., will hold gymnastics camps every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for boys and girls ages 4-12; and dance camps every Wednesday from for girls ages 4-8. For details, call (219) 865-2274 or www.pattisallamerican.com.
Finn Passing Academy at Andrean High School
MERRILLVILLE | The fourth annual Finn Passing Academy, conducted by former Andrean quarterbacks Billy, Bobby and Tommy Finn, will be held July 15-17 at Andrean High School, 5959 Broadway.
The academy, open to students entering grades 5-9 in August, runs daily from 9 a.m. to noon. It will focus on the essentials needed to run a successful passing game, as well as the leadership skills that great quarterbacks possess, qualities all three of the Finns were known for during their careers.
Participants are asked to wear shorts or sweats, a t-shirt and football shoes. They should also bring a mouthpiece, water bottle and tennis shoes in case the weather forces a move indoors. Scheduled guest speakers include Andrean coach Phil Mason, Lake Central coach Brett St. Germain and Portage coach Wally McCormack.
To register, go to www.finnpassingacademy.com. Cost is $120.
United Girls Softball, Inc. holding all-star tournaments
The United Girls Softball, Inc. is holding all-star tournaments July 19-21 for "C" division teams in the following divisions: 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U. For details, call (219) 322-1217.
Midwest Training and Ice holding free hockey classes
DYER | Midwest Training and Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave., is holding "Try Hockey for Free" one-day trials for ages 18 and under on Fridays at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Skate rental is included. For details, call (219) 558-8811.
Summer lessons offered at new swim school
SCHERERVILLE | Registration for swim lesson is underway for the new Aqua-Tots Swim School, to open in July at 655 East U.S. 30 next to Trek Bicycle Store. The year-round facility will feature a 58-by-22-foot heated indoor pool. For details, call (219) 232-5032.
Millennium Vardar holding soccer tryouts
Millennium Vardar, a premier soccer club in Northwest Indiana, will be holding open tryouts for boys and girls in U8 and U18 divisions starting in June. For details, contact Vangel Nacovski at (219) 577-5509 or email@example.com
Crown Point Bulldogs looking for 12U softball player
The Crown Point Bulldogs 12U softball team is looking for one solid player to finish the 2013 season. For details, call Mike Greco at (219) 775-2151 or Andy Niksich at (219) 682-4476.
Seton Academy seeks basketball and cheerleading coaches
SOUTH HOLLAND | Seton Academy is seeking the fill the positions of head boys varsity basketball coach of head cheerleading coach for the 2013-2014 school year. Both candidates must have a valid Illinois teaching certificate or have ASEP/NFHS coaches certificate. Both candidates must also acquire all Archdiocese of Chicago training.
Those interested should send letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (708) 333-0542.
Illiana Misfits holding rugby tryouts at Riverside
HAMMOND | The Illiana Misfits Division 3 rugby club is holding tryouts for its seven-man team every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. at Riverside Park. The club welcomes experienced and inexperienced players. Football, soccer and wrestling experience are beneficial.
For details, contact Tom Sourlis at (219) 923-6490 or Tsourlis@comcast.net.
Diamond Elite holding volleyball leagues and camps
The Diamond Elite Volleyball Academy is offering summer leagues and instruction for girls entering grades 3-8 and with all levels of experience. For details, call (219) 613-3301 or go to www.diamondelitevba.com.
Purdue Calumet holding Game Day Basketball Camp
HAMMOND | Purdue University Calumet will hold a Game Day Experience Basketball Camp for boys in grades 1-6, on July 15-17 at the PUC Fitness and Recreational Building, 2200 169th St., Hammond. Cost is $60.
For details, contact PUC men's basketball coach Dan Voudrie at (219) 989-2290 or email@example.com.
Hammond Optimist Youth Sports hosting World Series
HAMMOND | Hammond Optimist Youth Sports is hosting the 2013 Cal Ripken 12U World Series, Aug. 9-16 at the HOYS Complex located at Columbia Avenue and River Drive. The HOYS Bulldogs as well as the Northern Indiana champions will be two of the 10 teams participating in the series. Those interested in sponsoring and/or volunteering for the event should contact Tim Bell at (219) 484-0568 or Doyle Godbolt at (219) 512-4543, or email hoysports.baberuthonline.com.
For further details, go to www.12uworldserieshammond.org.
Jason Hawkins Basketball Camp at Bishop Noll
HAMMOND | Former Valparaiso University player and current IUN Northwest head men's basketball coach Jason Hawkins will hold a basketball camp for boys and girls ages 5-14 from 9 a.m. to noon July 29-Aug. 1 at Bishop Noll Institute. Cost is $75. For details, call (219) 781-9522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bowling association to hold scholarship golf outing
HIGHLAND | The Greater Calumet Area USBC will host its seventh-annual golf outing July 27 at Wicker Memorial Park. Entry is $80 per person. Reservation deadline is July 17. Proceeds will go toward the association's annual scholarship for graduating high school senior boys and girls.
Nominations for scholarships will be taken until June 15. Minimum requirements are a 3.0 grade-point average (B average) throughout high school and USBC Youth membership. To download an application, go to www.greatercalumet.com and click on the Youth Scholarship page
For details, call Joe Puchek at (219) 789-1755 or Ed Wleklinski at (219) 810-7398.
Darrel Chaney to appear at InnerMission dinner
Morton graduate and former major league baseball player Darrel Chaney will appear at the InnerMission Inc. benefit dinner 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Area Career Center, 5727 Sohl Ave., Hammond.
Earlier that day, InnerMission will hold its third-annual golf classic at 8 a.m. at Wicker Park Memorial Park Golf Course in Highland.
Cost for the dinner is $30; cost for golf is $65; cost for both is $75.
For details, call Scott Wells at (219) 712-5736 or email IM@thegateonline.net.