Thank you for 2018

Gratitude

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make 2018 such a great year at Split Second Basketball. With too many people to thank and too many highlights to name, we won’t even try to capture them all. However, I would like to point out a couple and express our gratitude for all of you who helped make it possible.

Team

The community that you are a part of at Split Second Basketball really is a team effort….and one that I’m extremely proud to be involved with. While I’ve been part of many strong teams over the years, I can honestly say I’ve never been with a better functioning group than the one currently running Split Second. My wife Lesley and I are in our 9th year of leading Split Second, however it’s been the last few years that our team has really grown into it’s own. We miss John Dumont and Joey Vickery (who is in Europe with his daughter) but are thrilled to have such a great team to carry on the culture and message that they helped to start.

The addition of Kevin Pribilsky, one of the hardest working, highest integrity people I’ve met in my life was the kickstarter to our growth and things have snowballed from there. Eric D’Andrea, who joined us in 2017, is a fantastic human and basketball coach.

Dave W and Adriano C

In 2018, we were incredibly lucky to have David Wagner come back from playing professionally in Australia to join us full time. Coach Adriano Catena, who came all the way from playing professionally in Argentina to join us, was a huge addition to the team because of his energy, passion and dedication to the players and the game of basketball. The best part is that we got a 2 for 1 deal with the addition of Adriano’s better half Val Mata, who is now our Communication Coordinator and is responsible for so much of the look and feel that you see from Split Second and many of the special projects we take on.

While this comprises the current list of our full time team members, there are dozens of other people that have played a key role in helping Split Second teach players the RIGHT way to play. Thanks so much to all of you!

Four people who played especially important roles in 2018 at Split Second were:

  • Josh Bowie- for the care, attention and passion he brings to every session at the Arbutus Club
  • Pat Simon and Jess Hanson- for their roles as full time summer interns at Split Second, coaching teams, camps and being mentors to several young athletes
  • Virgil Hill- for his passion, knowledge and dedication to basketball and his help coaching our U13 group all the way to a National Club Championship
Eric B, Eric D, Dave W, Adriano C, Pat S, Kevin P

Players

Thank you to all of you players who have pushed yourselves every day to be the best possible version of yourself. We know how much is asked of you between obligations at school, homework, with your family, in other sports or activities….and the list goes on. We know that you could have any number of excuses why you can’t be there or can’t perform on any given day.

However, we also know that the majority of you come in the gym every day, willing to work, willing to listen, willing to be coached. We are passionate about teaching you the RIGHT way to play basketball and truly appreciate when you show up ready to learn and get a little bit better. This is why we do what we do…so thank you.

Community

To all the parents and extended families who support and encourage our player’s basketball development- Thank you! None of what we do would be possible without the support of families and the greater community. The hours spent in the car, the money for training and tournaments, the emotional support when things don’t go well….they may not be remarked upon, but they definitely don’t go unnoticed.

We’d also like to thank you for your support of our KIDSPLAY initiative that we started in 2018. With your help, we’ve been able to raise thousands of dollars to provide financial support for dozens of athletes to get great basketball training. Tax receipts will be mailed out by Sport BC in January to everyone who donated.

Partners

Our basketball program wouldn’t be what it is without the following great partners. We really appreciate that all these partners are willing to open their beautiful facilities to our community and provide young athletes with a clean and safe place to pursue their passion. Thank you.

York House SchoolVancouver Talmud Torah
SaintsCrofton House School
West Point Grey AcademySouthpointe Academy
The Arbutus ClubWesbrook Village CC

Growth

Arguably our biggest achievement of 2018 has been our ability to offer more programs to more players without losing any of the quality that makes our programs special. This involves a lot of work by our team…but it is a challenge we’re up for. In 2018 we had more skills class, more camps and more teams than ever before. If was rewarding to help more players than ever as well.

Special Moments

In the midst of all the basketball training in 2018, here are a few of the special moments that really stuck out:

  • January- formed a new partnership with Saltus Athletic Academy to give Cobra players great strength and conditioning training
  • February- several Split Second players compete in the high school provincial championships, including on the title winning Saints Jr, VC Grade 8 and York House Grade 8 teams
  • March- Split Second coaches Eric B and Adriano win a high school provincial championship with a York House Grade 8 team featuring 5 Cobra players
  • May and June- Split Second enters several tournaments locally, plus Washington and Oregon, playing hundreds of games during a successful Spring Cobra season
  • June- the Cobra U16 boys go 8-3 at the Gonzaga team camp
  • August- winning the U13 boys division at the National Club Championships
  • August- season ending party at Kits beach. It was with a sense of pride that the coaches watched a mixed group of boys and girls of various ages, organizing their games and playing team oriented basketball…something seldom seen at Kits Beach
  • September- after several years of running camps in the community, Split Second finally opens year round Skills Training Programs in Delta at Southpointe Academy on Tuesday and Thursday nights
  • October- all of the coaches and some Split Second families rush back from the Thanksgiving tournament to see Adriano and Val married on Kits Beach
  • November-after 10 years of club basketball in BC, there is finally a league for U10-13 boys to get convenient, competitive games throughout the year with the BCCBA. Split Second gets off to a great start going 8-0 across the 4 divisions
  • November- Split Second organizes sales for several hundred tickets and plays at halftime of 4 games during the inaugural NCAA Vancouver Showcase tournament
  • December- Split Second runs a coaching clinic for a few dozen elementary and high school coaches to help them get ready for a successful upcoming school basketball season

Thank you for being part of our basketball community in 2018. We are very excited about some major developments in the works for 2019 which will help Split Second do an even better job of player development….and look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Note: There is still space in some of our Skills Training Programs and a few spots left in our 3-on-3 Leagues starting in the middle of January.

Adriano and Val’s wedding at Kits Beach