Vipers Holding Open Tryout in Edinburg October 9

Craig Winder (Photo Credit: Dana/Dutch Cowgill)

September 25, 2011

MCALLEN – The Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced on Sunday that prospective players can tryout for the team on October 9 in Edinburg.

The tryout on October 9 will run from 9:00 a.m.-to-4:00 p.m. at the University of Texas-Pan American Fieldhouse.

The tryout will be run by Vipers head coach Nick Nurse and assistant coach Jai Steadman.

The cost for trying out is $100 each in advance or at the door. Prospective players can pay in advance by calling Analee Flores with the Vipers at (956) 972-1144 or by stopping by the Vipers Pro Shop at 4500 N. 10th St. at Uptown Plaza in McAllen. Those paying in advance can pay by cash, cashier’s check, certified check or credit card. Those paying at the tryout must pay by cash, cashier’s check or certified check.

Those in need of a hotel room are encourage to call the Host hotel of the tryout, Casa Real Hotel, at 956-686-2471 and ask for the Vipers rate.

Registration forms can be found below. Prospective players should e-mail their completed forms to Steadman at Prospective players with questions should contact Steadman directly at (225) 394-4930.

The Vipers invited three players to training camp out of their open tryouts last season. The most notable player from an open tryout to play for the Vipers is Craig Winder, who hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer in Game 2 of the 2010 Finals to clinch the Vipers’ first championship.

Registration Form
Player Release and Eligibility Form
Background Check Disclosure Form
Background Check Acknowledgement, Authorization and Release Form
Tryout Waiver Form

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