How to Finish at the Rim

My alarm would go off at 6am and it would take all my willpower not to turn it off. After all, if I skipped my workout, I could reset my alarm for 7:40 and still make it to school on time. Growing 8 inches during that time made sleep even more appealing than it is today!

For most of my final three years of high school, I managed to skip the urge to get that extra sleep and head into the Prince of Wales gym. Although I knew I needed to be in the gym and had the discipline to get myself there, I was almost clueless about WHAT I needed to work on. 

I’m sure my workouts were horrendous at the beginning….and still terrible even by the end of high school. I didn’t have any clue about what I should prioritize in my workouts, let alone the details of the skills I was trying to improve. Keep in mind this was the early 1990’s, before Youtube, Instagram….or even the internet. Back in those days you were lucky if you had a PE teacher who had played a little basketball in their youth to share a couple tips and tricks. Read more

Was it worth it?

I was recently asked to submit an article for the Alumni newsletter by the UBC Men’s Basketball coach Kevin Hanson. I thought I’d share it here with you as well.

Hi. My name is Eric Butler. My time playing for the T-Birds (1992-1997) was an incredibly formative period of my life and I appreciate Kevin reaching out and giving me the chance to share my story and reconnect with the UBC community in this way.

I “walked on” to the T-Birds in 1992 as an 18 year old kid lacking the strength, skill and experience to play at the post-secondary level…although apparently with a high enough level of compete for UBC coach Bruce Enns to roll the dice with me. Read more

Epstein and Gladwell

Join Malcolm Gladwell and David Epstein for their discussion on athlete selection and development.

Why play 3X3?

We are huge fans of 3X3 basketball at Split Second. We have a couple hundred players in each of our Winter (insert registration link) and Summer Leagues and have run 3X3 tournaments for several years. 

While we know many of you are already big fans of 3X3, you may not be aware of all the benefits of the game. Let’s take a look at what makes 3X3 such a unique sport and something you should to your basketball game.

  • Olympic sport
  • Easier decision making
  • More touches
  • Less wear and tear
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Year In Review

Another year….wow, in fact another decade…done!

Dec 31st is a great time for all of us to look back and reflect on the year gone by and to appreciate all that has transpired. We hope you had a fantastic one that includes many great memories, including your playing, training and watching basketball. We’d like to share a few of ours with you.

One of the best parts of running Split Second Basketball is the number of great events we get to be part of. We were lucky enough to help more than 3,000 BC athletes grow as basketball players and young men and women in our camps, classes and leagues. Our Cobra teams had more than one thousand training sessions and played several hundred games.

You helped create far too many highlights to share them all…however here are a few of the ones that stood out to us.

  • An incredibly successful inaugural elementary boys BCCBA season finished up with a Championship for the Cobra U12 boys
  • 4 Split Second Coaches were fortunate enough to lead teams to School League Championships
  • New Cobra uniforms arrive

  • 5 players join us in LA over Spring Break for basketball training with Jordan Lawley
  • COBRA Community Day kicks off the season for 13 girls and boys teams ranging from U10-17

JUNE 2019
  • Split Second introduces new branding
  • Cobra high school boys and girls go to Gonzaga team camps

  • Split Second runs a record number of summer camps
  • Cobra Spring season wraps up with some great tournament championships and one fun afternoon of basketball at Kits Beach
  • Split Second coaches help Ruth Hamblin prepare for WNBA tryout and Canadian National Team

  • Split Second launches PEAK Basketball Training and Delta Basketball Academy at the Richmond Oval
  • Fall COBRA season begins
  • Thanksgiving Parent-Kid game

  • Split Second Cobra U15 Boys win the Inaugural BCCBA High School League
  • COBRA elementary boys play at UBC T-Birds halftime
  • Split Second coaches get a short break in the snow at Silverstar to relax, have fun…and start planning an even better year to come!

There were many more amazing highlights in 2019, but that’s a quick taste of some of the best moments of the year. We want to thank you for being a part of 2019 at Split Second Basketball, whether it was as a Cobra team member, camp or skills program participant, league player, 3X3 tournament player…or all of the above!! 

We wish you all the best for 2020 and we wish you have an amazing year ahead. We hope to see you in the gym with us this coming year and look forward to many more milestones and incredible basketball in the next 12 months!


Why does SSB support athletes playing multiple sports?

At Split Second, we are pumped when we find young athletes who love basketball as much as we do and want to focus on it and push themselves to improve. We have different pathways (Skills Training camps, Leagues, Cobra teams, PEAK training) to accommodate players of various skill and commitment levels…from beginners right up to the most dedicated and serious high school seniors.

However, we also support our young athletes playing other sports because it is the RIGHT thing for them and has numerous long term benefits. 

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The Problem is the Way You Think about the Problem

“The problem is never the problem… the problem is the way you think about the problem”.

Dan Sullivan

Life and Business Coach

What exactly does this mean and how does it help me in basketball?

I’ve come across countless players who get frustrated and disillusioned with the game because they aren’t seeing what their real problem is and aren’t properly training themselves as a result.

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Perform at your best this season

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Whether you love or detest the New England Patriots, you have to respect Tom Brady and the performance he put on in the AFC Championship game this past weekend at 41 years old. He’s performing at his peak in one of the most physically demanding sports at an age where the average athlete is a decade or more into retirement. Brady attributes a huge part of his success to his work on Active Recovery.

As you approach the most important and demanding part of your school basketball season, Active Recovery (AR) can be one of the best tools you have to get an edge over your competition.

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Thank you for 2018


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.

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To 17 year old Eric

Congratulations! Today is the start of your senior year of high school basketball. I’m writing you from a few decades future (27 years to be precise), and while I don’t want to ruin all the surprises coming for you, I’d like put a few things in perspective to help you on your way.

Being your senior year, you are going to feel a pressure that comes from thinking this might be the end of your basketball journey. It turns out that this is just the beginning…but you probably wouldn’t even believe me if I told you what comes later, so I won’t go into that.

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