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2019: 5th – 8th Grade

AUGUST 12-15, 2019

Crispin Basketball Summer School

1st – 9th Grade Boys & Girls

June 24-27, 2019

3-on-3 Summer League

1st – 4th Grade Boys & Girls

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4-on-4 Summer League

5th – 8th Grade Boys

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C3 Elite Camps

State College, PA

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Thought for Week #3 – Shoot the Scoop!

One of my biggest issues with our current youth climate is that it does not encourage kids to take risks. From a basketball perspective, this means kids consistently play to their strengths. They play conservatively. But playing conservatively is counter to their...

4-on-4 Thought for Week #2

Learning while at play is the most powerful kind of learning. But in order to learn well, it is essential to keep it simple. Too often we overload kids with too much information then wonder why they don’t play so well. Or worse, yell at them for not playing so well!...

3-on-3 Thought for Week #2

I find great joy in watching kids creatively and happily play the game of basketball. Capturing the imagination and getting lost in the game are the keys to a fun experience at their age and level. I thought everyone did a very good job in our first week of...

Teaching Through Free Play – Summer League Version

During my playing career, I often had to get settled into a new city and/or country. One of the most difficult things about settling into those new cities was finding your way around. I would typically start with someone driving me around and showing me the main roads...

Summer League – The Start

I shared the message below with all our summer league participants. It's a good insight into our goals for the summer and our general philosophy. Thank you for signing your young player up for our 2019 3-on-3 or 4-on-4 Summer League. Our mission for these leagues is...

Winning is a Gift

Anyone who knows me at all will tell you that I have never been the most relaxed or gracious competitor. I am by nature very intense and, I suppose it could be said, a bit too inclined to lose it in competition. I just love to compete and love to win, so I naturally...

An Insight into Camp Week

One of the things I take pride in as a coach is the ability to pack practice or camp or clinic with well-thought through, fun-filled action. I don't like any wasted time or hours filled with drills that really don't translate well to the game. I want meaningful...

A Beautiful Mess – Some Quotes

I believe that one of our biggest problems in life is wanting the right things too much. Our over-desires for good things often lead us astray. This is true everywhere, but so obviously true in the world of sports. Coaching, parenting, playing. Because we want good...

Where’s the Love?

Here's a great (and true) story for you. A group of 8 and 9 year-olds are playing a soccer game in the spring. One team dominates the first 20 minutes and goes up 6-0. But because of a maddening and short-sighted rule, the team...

Three Lies in Youth Sports

Three lies are everywhere in youth sports. As a parent or a coach, ask yourself if you are guilty of believing them.  1) More is better.  I understand why we believe this, but we have to be careful how far we take it. It seems to me that most people are convinced that...

Play the game better and enjoy the game more.

Learning & Training

CRISPIN BASKETBALL STAFF

Joe Crispin

Head Coach
Rowan University

NBA
Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns

NCAA
Penn State, Big Ten 1st Team

High School
Pitman, NJ State Champions

Joe Crispin is the primary director for Crispin Basketball. He runs various camps, clinics, and club teams throughout the year. He also focuses his energy on our overall development philosophy and programs.

He enjoyed an extensive and successful playing career and is currently the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Rowan University.

In High School, he led Pitman High School to the Sectional Finals three years in an row and the 1997 State Championship. During his 1997 campaign, he averaged over 32 points per game, scoring over 50 three times. He was an All-south Jersey selection three years in a row, an All-State Group 1 first team selection for two seasons, and an All-State, All-Group 1st Team selection his senior year. He finished his career with 2,654 points.

 

At Penn State, he helped lead his team to the 2001 NCAA tournament and a ‘Sweet 16’ appearance. During his time there, Penn State also made the NIT Final Four twice and had a combined record of 72-55. During his career, he was a Big Ten 1st and 2nd team selection and ended his career with 1,986 points.

Professionally, Joe played his rookie year in the NBA, playing with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns. He also played in the CBA, the ABA, the USBL, Greece, Poland, Italy, Turkey, Spain, and Ukraine throughout his 11 year professional playing career. He was among the league leaders in scoring for 5 of those seasons and lead his Enel Brindisi team to the 2010 Legadue championship.

Joe is the head coach of the Rowan University Men’s Basketball team.  Prior to being named head coach, Joe spent two seasons as the assistant coach for both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams at Rowan University.

Steve Crispin

Steve Crispin

Steve Crispin is the father of Joe and Jon Crispin and was their primary basketball influence growing up. He played High School basketball at Glassboro High School in New Jersey and scored 1450 points during his career (without the benefit of the three point line). He also led his team to a second place finish in the NJ Group 1 State…

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Bob Fisicaro

Bob Fisicaro

Bob Fisicaro grew up in the South Jersey area and attended Bishop Eustace high school.  While at Eustace, he became the school’s all-time leading scorer, though he missed the majority of his senior year (his record has since been surpassed).

Bob began his college career at Rider University where he….

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Demetrius Poles

Demetrius Poles

Coach Poles was the head coach for Brahe Basket in Sweden from 2009-2013.  In 2012-13, the team had a 19-1 record, was first in the South Division and finished second in the Swedish finals.  He coached Kvarnby Basket from 2003-2008.  The team came in second in the South Division in 2005-2006 and had a 16-4 record.

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Kevin Albright

Kevin Albright

Kevin Albright is an assistant men’s basketball coach at Rowan University. He primarily serves as the team’s video coordinator and is in charge of player development.  Previously, Coach Albright was the men’s basketball video coordinator and an assistant at James Madison University from 2014-16. He assisted in…

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Our Value

Crispin Basketball exists to help players of all ages and abilities play the game better and enjoy the game more. 

Everything we choose to do and how  we choose to do everything revolves around this simple aim: Play the game better and enjoy the game more.

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Fun is essential.

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Feel comes first...and second...and third.

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Diversity of experience.

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Player ownership.

what They’re Saying

Client Testimonials

We want to thank all of you for a wonderful spring season. Our whole family is excited about Joey being a part of the Crispin Basketball program.

Joey has spent most of the last few winters with some sort of cough, cold, or infection, that has restricted his time out on the basketball court. When he was out there, he wasn’t able to have fun. That was NOT the case this past month. He looked forward to practice and loved the games/tournaments. He enjoyed every minute of this spring season and cannot wait to start the summer league. He will have surgery in 10 days, but he is already making plans to get back out on the court afterwards. Saying “He had a lot of fun” does not accurately describe this past month for Joey. 

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Joseph Callahan

SON PLAYED ON 5TH GRADE CLUB TEAM

Our family has nothing but positive things to say about our experience with the Crispin Basketball program.  Everything from the quality of the training and coaching staff, the training atmosphere, opportunity to work with members of the Rowan basketball team, information sharing with the parents, etc., was top notch.  For the past three years, we’ve had a seldom used basketball hoop in the driveway and basketball was just another winter activity. Upon joining the club, Zach took the initiative to try to get better on his own, applying what he learned during his training sessions even when the weather conditions were less than ideal.  While it’s too soon to predict the type of basketball player he might become, he definitely developed a greater appreciation and love for the game at a time when he was contemplating giving up the sport for good. READ MORE >

Brian Redondo

SON PLAYED ON 5TH GRADE CLUB TEAM

As parents, we truly appreciate the care and thought that goes into the Crispin Basketball program. It is really refreshing to find a high-level basketball program that has the best interest of kids at heart – not only developing skills, a basketball IQ, and a love for the game, but most importantly character.

Also, it’s difficult to match the wealth of experience and knowledge of Crispin Basketball! Your coaches have coached and played at the highest levels and know the game inside-out. Unlike a lot of coaches and basketball programs that focus on winning at any cost, Crispin Basketball takes the “long view” and gives kids every opportunity to develop their skills and become smart, fundamentally-sound, hard-working, well-rounded, team-oriented players.  

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BRENDAN AND TESSA PETERSEN

SONS PLAYED ON 3RD GRADE CLUB TEAM AND 8TH GRADE CLUB TEAM

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Thought for Week #3 – Shoot the Scoop!

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3-on-3 Thought for Week #2

I find great joy in watching kids creatively and happily play the game of basketball. Capturing the imagination and getting lost in the...

Teaching Through Free Play – Summer League Version

During my playing career, I often had to get settled into a new city and/or country. One of the most difficult things about settling into...

Summer League – The Start

I shared the message below with all our summer league participants. It's a good insight into our goals for the summer and our general...

Winning is a Gift

Anyone who knows me at all will tell you that I have never been the most relaxed or gracious competitor. I am by nature very intense and,...

An Insight into Camp Week

One of the things I take pride in as a coach is the ability to pack practice or camp or clinic with well-thought through, fun-filled...

A Beautiful Mess – Some Quotes

I believe that one of our biggest problems in life is wanting the right things too much. Our over-desires for good things often lead us...

Where’s the Love?

Here's a great (and true) story for you. A group of 8 and 9 year-olds are playing a soccer game in...

Three Lies in Youth Sports

Three lies are everywhere in youth sports. As a parent or a coach, ask yourself if you are guilty of believing them.  1) More is better. ...

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