Crown Point Pups to hold sign-ups for 50th season
By Anthony D. Alonzo Post-Tribune correspondent August 22, 2012 11:08PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 7:53AM
Youth basketball continues to flourish in the Lake County seat as the longtime Crown Point Pups basketball league recently announced its sign-up dates for the 2012-2013 season.
“Pups is celebrating our 50th anniversary this year and we are hoping to surpass last year’s huge sign-ups,” Pups president John Kozlowski wrote.
Registration for boys and girls will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday and Sept. 9 at Wheeler Middle School, located at 401 W. Joliet St. in Crown Point. Students in first through 12th grades are eligible to play.
Before practices start in October, the league conducts a player draft in order to equalize the playing field in each of the upper divisions. Minor, major and senior division players are selected at group evaluations, based on skills displayed. Junior division players (first through third grades) are exempt.
Pups practices will begin around the third week of October. Games are set to start in early November and run through the end of February.
The cost is $135 per child, $180 for families with two children and $200 for three or more participants. Online registration is available. For more information, call 663-0374 or visit pupsbasketball.org.
Portage Youth Basketball: Sign-ups for Portage Youth Basketball are also right around the corner.
Three registration sessions will be offered at the Portage Public Library (2665 Irving St.): from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday; 6 to 8 p.m., Monday; 9:30 a.m. to noon, Sept. 8.
The league, which is on a mission to encourage “fun, instruction, team concept and community spirit,” is open boys and girls from throughout Northwest Indiana who are preschoolers through sixth grade. Ten regular-season games will be followed by a tournament, as well as a pizza party.
The Cost is $90 plus a $5 concessions fee. Additional immediate family members are half price. There is a $15 late fee after Sept. 8. Uniforms are provided.
For more information, visit portagebasketball.com or e-mail email@example.com.
Mountain biking in Portage: Portage-based Outback Trail Commission Mountain Biking will take to the terrain at Imagination Glen Park and host two ongoing weekly meetings at the Outback West Trailhead through September.
The Midweek Mountain Biking Madness offers the opportunity for local riders to meet others and get tips from experts. With the goal of making the sport more enjoyable, the group meets around 5 p.m. On Wednesdays.
Friday Night Lights is geared toward the more experienced mountain biker and promotes the thrill of nighttime bicycling. Riders must have a good quality light that holds a charge for two hours mounted to their bike or helmet. The group meets at 8 p.m. on the first Friday of each month through September.
For more information, visit outbacktrail.org.