Munster Babe Ruth to hold registration: Munster Babe Ruth will hold its registration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Jan. 20 at the Elliott Elementary school cafeteria. Two in-house age divisions (13 to 15 and 16 to 18) are offered as well as in-house travel opportunities. For details, visit

Schererville girls softball to hold registration: Schererville girls softball will hold spring and fall registration for players aged 5 and over from noon to 3 p.m. today at the Schererville Town Hall, 10 E. Joliet St. Preregister for fall ball during spring registration and receive a discounted price. First-year players must provide their birth certificate. For details, call SGS President Hans Fassoth at 219-808-4848 or email

HOYS Bulldog Baseball travel teams to hold tryouts: The HOYS Bulldog baseball team will hold tryouts Sunday at Morris Baseball Center, located in Omni 41, 221 U.S. 41, Schererville. The 10-and-under tryouts will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 8U and 12U from 4 to 6 p.m. For details, call or text 219-484-0568.

Purdue Northwest softball to host hitting/pitching camps: Purdue Northwest softball coach Niki Stansell will host a series of hitting and pitching camps. The hitting camps (two sessions) will be held from 9 to 11:45 a.m. and from 12:30 to 3:15 p.m. Monday at Triple Crown All Stars in Schererville. Each session costs $75 and is open to girls in grades six through 12. The pitching camp will be held Jan. 28 at PNW's Fitness and Recreation Center at the Hammond campus. Cost is $75. For details, visit

Hessville Little League to hold registration: Hessville Little League will hold registration for the 2018 baseball/softball season at Morton High School, 6915 Grand Ave., Door D, Hammond. Registration will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 20, 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 24, 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 3 and noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 10. Fees are $80 per child for tee ball, $100 per child for baseball/softball, $260 maximum per immediate household members with proof of residency required and a fundraiser fee. For details, call Roger Brock (president) at 219-670-0011, Dawn Tomich (player agent) 219-670-6463 or Barb Garza (treasurer) 219-688-3786.

Quarterback training at The Courts: Bill Reagan's Top Gun Quarterback Training will be held for the next five Wednesdays at The Courts of NWI. Reagan, a former Notre Dame assistant, NCAA Division II head coach and member of Trent Dilfer’s Elite 11 QB coaching staff, worked with numerous 2017 starting quarterbacks from the Region.  Grades five to seven will meet at 4:30 p.m. and grades eight to 11 at 5:30. Cost is $360. For details, visit, email or call 574- 876-6349.

Weekly indoor ultimate frisbee league to start Thursday: A weekly indoor ultimate frisbee league will be held once a week from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday to March 8. Cost is $70. Sign up at To ask questions about the league, visit "NWI Ultimate" on Facebook.

Baseball and softball coaches clinic to be held Jan. 20: A baseball and softball coaches clinic for coaches of all age levels will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 20 at Triple Crown Valparaiso facility. It will be facilitated by former Major League manager and current Detroit Tigers hitting instructor Lloyd McClendon. The session will cover instruction on topics such as player development, hitting and general skills. Cost is $50 per coach. Final minutes of the clinic will be a Q&A. Registrations ends at 8 p.m. Thursday. To register, call 219-462-3927 or stop in.

Crown Point Parks to hold youth basketball registration: Crown Point Park and Recreation Department will hold registration for the Little Dribblers preschool to third grade youth winter basketball program. Sessions will run from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for preschool and kindergarten and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for first through third grade on Fridays through March 9 at Franciscan Health Crown Point Sports Medicine Institute, 12800 Mississippi Parkway, Crown Point. Registration is $65 for residents, $80 for nonresidents. For details, contact John Stroia at (219) 661-2272 or

Portage to host track clinics: Portage High School will host track clinics Jan. 20 and 21. The First Place Track abd Field Coaches Clinic on Jan. 20 will cover numerous events by several leading experts in the sport. Attendees will have choices of 11 seminars to attend. Cost is $35 per person or $125 for an entire staff. To register, go to Portage will also host the Reflexive Responsive Reset Clinic the next day. The clinic is taught by Chris Korfist. Coaches will learn techniques to help athletic performance, reduction of injuries and quicker recovery. To register, go to For details, contact Mark Harsha at or 219-771-2398.

St. John girls softball to hold sign-ups: St. John girls softball sign-ups will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 20 and Feb. 3 at St. John VFW, 10400 W. 93rd Ave. For details, go to

Prairie State College softball to host clinics: The Prairie State College softball program will host winter softball clinics on Jan. 20 and 27 plus Feb. 3 and 10. The Jan. 20 clinic will pertain to hitting, bunting and slap-hitting. The Jan. 27 clinic will focus on fielding. The Feb. 3 clinic will deal with pitching and Feb. 10 clinic will be an advanced clinic for high school players. All camps will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Prairie State. Cost for one clinic is $35, two clinics for $60, three for $85 or all four for $100. To register, email PSC head coach Frank Wilkins at or by call 219-796-5214.

Girls summer softball registration in Crown Point: Crown Point Parks and Recreation Dept. will hold their girls summer softball registration for girls aged 6 and under through 12th grade at Crown Point Civic Center. Registration will be held 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 21 and 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 3. For details, call the park department at 219-661-2272 or email John Stroia at

Knights of Columbus to hold free throw contests: The 2018 Nativity Knights of Columbus free throw contest will start at 10 a.m. Jan. 21 (council level) at the Portage High School East gymnasium. Doors open at 9 a.m. There will be six age groups of boys and girls from ages 9 to 14. Entry forms are available in the school main office and must be returned by Thursday. To download a form, go to Bring copy of birth certificate for age verification. Late registration at the door will begin at 9 a.m.

Also, an event will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 21 at the new gym at St. Patrick's Church in Chesterton. For details, call Andy Bozak at 219-508-7152 or email or call Kevin Tracy at 219-921-4073 or email

District level will be held Feb. 4 and Regional level Feb. 18.

Dunes Youth Volleyball Club to hold volleyball program: Dunes Youth Volleyball Club will hold a program to assist boys and girls with volleyball skills. The program will be held on Saturdays through Jan. 27 at the Dunes Operation Center, 4744 E. Oak Knoll Road, Rolling Prairie. Volley-Tikes is for 3- to 5-year-olds, Volley-Tots for first and second graders, Newcomers for third and fourth graders, Level 2 for fifth to sixth graders and Level 3 for seventh and eight graders. To sign up, go to For additional details, email Rick Ashmore at

Crown Point High School to host baseball camp: Crown Point High School will host a baseball camp for boys in grades K through eighth from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. Forms are posted on the CPHS website and will be located in the high school athletic office. Walk-up signups will be accepted. For questions, call coach Steve Strayer at 663-4885, ext. 11295.

Batcrackers to host a pitching/catching clinic: The Batcrackers will host a pitching/catching clinic on Feb. 11, 18 and 25. Beginners will  meet at 10 a.m. and intermediate at 11 a.m. at the Chesterton YMCA. Cost for all three sessions is $50. For details, email or call 219-309-3662.

Morris Baseball Chiefs to hold winter camp: The Morris Baseball Chiefs will hold their winter baseball camp from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Bishop Noll Fieldhouse in Hammond. Players aged 9 to 16 as of May 1, 2018 are eligible to participate. Players who register on or before Feb. 12 will receive a camp T-shirt. Camp fee is $50. If five or more players from same league, organization or team register, the fee is $25 per player. For details, call coach Dave Sutkowski at 219-852-9461 or go to

National Babe Ruth umpire certification clinic to be held in Crown Point: A National Babe Ruth baseball umpire/coaches clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 3 at the Crown Point Family Fun Center, 1301 Merrillville Road. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. An open-book national certification test will be given to first-time umpires. Returning umpires can become re-certified but do not have to take the test. Cost of the clinic alone is $25 (which includes lunch), plus $55 to take the test or to re-certify. For details and to RSVP, call Gary Boyer at 219-433-8133.

Whiting Little League to hold registration: Whiting Little League will hold online registration from Sunday through March 10 at Walk-in registration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon March 10 at the Little League field press box. Registration fee for T-ball is $80, baseball/softball is $130 and family plan/three or more children is $360. For questions, email Dennis Laurincik at

Tuesday night soccer returns to Hammond: Area soccer enthusiasts are invited to come out from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday nights 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, click on Document Central, Parks and Recreation. For details, call 219-554-0155.

Registration open for Hidden Lake adult softball leagues: Registration is open for the summer softball season for Hidden lake adult softball leagues. A 20-game schedule and postseason tourney will begin May 14. The cost is $500 if paid in full by April 6 or $600 by April 27. The men's league will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays with the coed league on Wednesdays. For details, go to or call 219-769-2111.

Funds sought for Zakutransky's Australia trip: Hobart's Mikayla Zakutansky has been invited to represent Team Indiana on its track and field team in the 2018 Down Under Games in July in Queensland, Australia. All participants must raise money for the 10-day trip. Anyone who would like to contribute to Zakutansky's trip can make a donation online at, pay by phone at 435-753-4732 or call Jill Zakutansky at 219-742-6946.

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

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 219-865-6969.

Illiana Thunderbolts winter baseball camp to hold registration: The Illiana Thunderbolts will hold their eighth annual Indoor Winter Baseball Camp from 3 to 9 p.m. on Sundays through March 25 at the Ho Chunk Baseball Camp, 19801 S. Stoney Island, Lynwood, Illinois. Camps will be held in three sessions and will have multiple age groups. Players aged 5 through senior in high school are eligible. Camps will feature fundamental baseball instruction. For details, go to or call/text 708-473-5051.

I Love Coffee 5K to take place Jan. 28: The Crazy Legs Race Series' I Love Coffee 5K will take place at 9 a.m. Jan. 28 in Porter. On race day, race day sign ups, packet pick up, post race food and award ceremony will be held inside the Hawthorne Park Community Center. For details, email RD Paul Stofko at or visit to register online.

Crown Point Babe Ruth to hold signups: Crown Point Babe Ruth will hold signups for players aged 13 to 18 at and a walk-in signup from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 10 at the CP Family Fun Center (DOME), 1301 Merrillville Road. The 13- to 15-year-old division will accept players from all of Lake County and Hebron. The 16- to 18-year-old division will take players from Lake, Porter, Newton and LaPorte counties. Players born in 1999 or after are eligible for the 16 to 18 programs. For details, call Don Ernst at 219-746–4351 or Becky Mild at 219-775-5755.

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 basket 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-, 17-, 18-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

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Jim is a copy editor 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.