Hanover Central to host baseball camp: Hanover Central will host a four-week baseball camp on weekends for grades one through to 12 beginning in January. Wildcats coach Ryan Bridges will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. Registration deadline is Sunday. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning. Space is limited. Register at www.USBaseballAcademy.com. For details, call 866-622-4487.

Hobart to host baseball camp: Hobart will host a six-week baseball camp for grades one to 12 on weekends, beginning in January. Hobart head coach Bob Glover will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning. Deadline is Sunday.

Space is limited. Register at www.USBaseballAcademy.com.  For details, call 866-622-4487.

Purdue Northwest-Hammond Campus to hold baseball camp: Purdue Northwest's Hammond Campus will host a four-week baseball camp for grades one to 12 on weekends, beginning in January. Pride coach Dave Griffin will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. Deadline is Sunday. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning. Space is limited. Register at www.USBaseballAcademy.com. For details, call 866-622-4487.

Hitting boot camp sessions to be held in Schererville: A hitting boot camp will be held at Triple Crown AllStars, 2208 U.S. 41, Schererville. The sessions will be held Sunday and Nov. 19. Professional players and coaches will be instructors. Professional scouts will give speeches, have a question/answer panel and evaluation and one-on-one instruction from players and coaches. Cost is $110 per session or $350 for all four sessions. Those aged 9 to 12 will meet from 10 a.m. to noon and those aged 13 to 18 will meet from noon to 2 p.m. Payment is cash/checks only made out to Devin DeYoung (hitting coach Windy City Thunderbolts). For details, call 708-212-2561.

Crown Point youth soccer to hold special event: Crown Point youth soccer will host a free special needs soccer event from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Sparta Dome. Register at www.crownpointsoccer.org.

Tuesday night soccer returns to Hammond: Area soccer enthusiasts are invited to come out from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday nights from November through March to play and/or be coached in soccer at the Jean Shepherd Community Center in Hammond. The cost is $4 per youth player, $3 for the second child, and $5 per adult player. There is no charge for Jean Shepherd Center annual members. Players need to bring shin guards and a ball. Download the waiver form at www.gohammond.com, click on Document Central, Parks & Recreation. For details, call 219-554-0155.

Turkey Trot to be held at Portage YMCA: Portage Township YMCA's 17th annual Turkey Trot will be held Thanksgiving morning. The 4-mile competitive run is paired with a non-competitive 5K walk/run and a free 1K kids fun run. Proceeds to benefit the Portage Twp. YMCA annual campaign. For details, visit www.ymcaofportage.org.

Dave Griffin Baseball to hold skills camp: Dave Griffin will hold a Thanksgiving skills camp for hitting, pitching and fielding from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 24 at Dave Griffin Baseball, 1200 W. Main St, Griffith. The camp is for those aged 7 to 12 and the cost of $75. To sign up, call 219-922-1107.

Highland basketball, baseball to hold instructional camps: Highland basketball and baseball will hold "Black Friday" instructional camps for students grades kindergarten through seventh and Highland eighth grade students at Highland High School on Nov. 24. Session 1 for basketball will be held from 9 am. to noon and session 2 for baseball will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $30 for one session, $50 for both if preregistered by Thursday and $30 each session for walk-ups. For details and to preregister, email coach Heckard at jheckard@highland.k12.in.us or coach Bogner at jbogner@highland.k12.in.us.

Dave Krider to be inducted into Hall of Champions: Dave Krider (LaPorte High School Huddle Coach) will be inducted into the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Hall of Champions in the spring. This national recognition honors volunteers that surpass expectations to faithfully serve coaches and athletes. He will be inducted at a formal ceremony at the FCA National Support Center in Kansas City.

Illinois Defenders to hold shooting and ball handling clinic: The Illinois Defenders will hold a shooting and ball handling clinic for girls from fourth through eighth grade from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Southland Center, 19900 Stoney Island Ave., Lynwood. Cost is $20 if pre-registered or $25 at the door. Register by emailing IllinoisDefenders@gmail.com.

Batcrackers softball to hold clinics: Batcrackers softball will hold a beginner and intermediate pitching and catching clinic from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 and 17 at the Chesterton YMCA. Instructors will be former college coaches and players. Cost is $50. For details, text 219-309-3662 or email garzola212@comcast.net.

Schererville Shock 12U needs players: The Schererville Shock 12-and-under part-time travel baseball team needs players. Once-a-week indoor practices are underway for the spring season. Travel games are within a 50-mile radius and includes free Schererville Little League in-house play. For details, call Matt at 219-746-5819 or email at mjtrajkovski@hotmail.com.

Midwest Irish 16U travel team needs players: The Midwest Irish 16-and-under travel baseball team is in need of one to two players. There are indoor offseason workouts, strength and conditioning and college showcase tournaments. For details, call Shane Brogan at 708-738-5609.

Quarterback training in Valparaiso: Bill Reagan's Top Gun Quarterback Training will host a pre-holiday "Early Bird" session of QB workouts Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 at The Courts in Valparaiso. Grades five to seven will meet at 4:30 p.m. and grades eight to 11 will meet at 5:30 p.m. Fee is $260. For details, email Bill at reagan.8@nd.edu or call 574-876-6349.

Pickleball at Schererville's Franciscan Health Fitness Center: Pickleball is available all day Tuesdays beginning at 7:30 a.m. and from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at Franciscan Health Fitness Centers in Schererville. Nonmembers are welcome. Participants must be 18 or older and have a state ID. For details, call 219-865-

Softball hitting clinic offered at Triple Crown Allstars: A softball hitting clinic will be offered from noon to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16 at Triple Crown Allstars, 2208 U.S. 41, Schererville. Professional/college instructors will provide one-on-one instruction for all ages. Cost is $150 per session or $375 for all three sessions. Cash only with team rates available. For details, call Devin DeYoung at 708-212-2561.

Baseball, softball training offered: 5 Tool Athlete of Valparaiso is offering offseason speed, strength and rotational core training for travel baseball and softball players. Training is open to teams and individuals, though limited space is available for teams. A 60-day deal is available for middle school and high school players. For details, call or text 219-246-8024.

Bob "Bullseye Guy" Owen to be at Universal Fitness: Bob "Bullseye Guy" Owen will be at Universal Fitness, 1516 N. Main St., Crown Point from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays to help boys and girls of all ages learn about scoring, to make shots, free throws and 3-pointers. Owen is in the 2011 Huntsman World Hall of Fame, has 50 World Olympic medals and has 98 percent free-throw accuracy. For details, call Owen at 219-678-3880.

Porter County Boys and Girls Clubs to benefit from 3-point baskets: Valparaiso University's men basketball team is partnering with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County through the "Nothing But Net" program. Each time the Crusaders score a 3-point basketball during the 2017-18 season, four local businesses will donate $20 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County.

Aqua Barre classes offered: Aqua Barre classes are being offered at Franciscan Health Fitness Centers in Schererville. To register, call 219-865-6969.

Triple Crown Valpo seeks players for baseball teams: Triple Crown Valparaiso is looking for players for its 14-, 15- and 17-and-under travel baseball teams. For details, call 219-462-3927.

Boone Grove High School and middle schools has open coaching positions: Boone Grove High School and middle schools has immediate coaching positions open for girls varsity tennis, middle school wrestling and middle school track. Interested parties should fill out the online application via the Human Resources tab at www.ptsc.k12.in.us.

Midwest Elite Cheer to hold tryouts: Midwest Elite Cheer will hold tryouts to add members aged 3 to 14 to the half-season cheer teams through November.  The program has limited travel. For details, call 219-558-8811.

Outsiders Baseball Club to hold tryouts: The Outsiders Baseball Club will hold private tryouts for the spring season. Players interested in joining the 11- and 17-and-under teams can schedule a private tryout by calling Dave at 219-765-6242.


Jim is a sports writer for The Times who works out of Valparaiso. A South Central High School (1984) and Ball State ('89) grad, he’s covered preps most of his career. He received the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association’s Media Award in 1997.