One of the great things about the Heat’s affiliation with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the D-League is that pretty much each year the teams are going to hold open tryouts and roll the balls out for anybody who wants to try and make the team.
This year’s tryouts are set, and the Miami tryout for the Sioux Falls Skyforce will be Sunday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ransom Everglades High School. The application deadline for the tryout is Friday, Oct. 17, so don’t procrastinate.
The Heat has invested a lot of time, energy and money into its relationship with the Skyforce, so this tryout isn’t just a publicity stunt. Heat and Skyforce personnel will be on hand to evaluate potential players, so that means applicants will be playing in front of Heat executives and Skyforce coaches.
A tryout for the Skyforce is also being held at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Sunday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The application deadline for that tryout is Oct. 10.
From the Heat:
Applicants must be eligible to play in the NBA D-League and are required to pre-register by submitting the registration, release and health information authorization forms, along with a $150 nonrefundable fee to the attention of Justin Van Kooten at the Skyforce office via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: (605) 332-2305 or regular mail: Sioux Falls Skyforce, 2131 S. Minnesota Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57105.
No walk-up applications will be accepted on the day of the tryout.
All forms are available online at: http://www.nba.com/dleague/siouxfalls/photos/2014-15_Open_Tryouts.pdf
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