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Introductory Email – Washington Township Youth Basketball

Greetings everyone, My name is Joe Crispin. I am the owner and director of Crispin Basketball and the current head men’s basketball coach at Rowan University. We are very excited to serve you and your young players this season through our Coaching program.  Our...

Get Beneath the Game

We are often radically unaware of our own intellectual assumptions. In fact, it takes a lot of thought and reflection to clarify what it is we actually believe about things. It also typically takes a community. This includes what we believe about the game of...

Learning the Language

Below is an email I shared with the parents of our players in our fall half court 3-on-3 league. Hello everyone, We have one more week of our half court 3-on-3. We have enjoyed working with your kids and have learned plenty ourselves by teaching them. I wanted to...

Parental Anxiety

Youth soccer game today. 11-year-old ladies. No lie: the amount of parental and coaching anxiety present was disturbing. Naturally, it moved right off the sidelines onto the kids. Non-stop directions from the sidelines. And officiating (poor officiating). The actual...

Ingredients for a Good Practice

This is helpful. Ingredients of a Successful Practice

Read John O’Sullivan

If you are involved in youth sports at all, it is wise for you to read John O'Sullivan on a consistent basis. His Changing the Game Project is right on the money. But here's a recent post I certainly enjoyed. Remember, too many youth coaches want to treat the kids to...

Announcing our 2019-2020 Partnership with the Washington Township Boy’s Basketball Travel Program

I am excited to announce our recent partnership with the Washington Township Boy's Basketball travel program. During the 2019-2020 season, we will engage in the hiring and training of head coaches for the boy's basketball travel teams. As always, our mission is to...

Fall Events in Context

Fall Events in Context Anytime we create a new program or enter a new season of the year, I go into re-evaluation mode. I start asking questions about all our programs. What is their place? Should they exist? Should they change? Are they best for the kids we are...

The Need to “Just Play”

An open letter to all our "Just Play" Camp Participants: Thank you for joining us for our 2019 Just Play Camp. We certainly hope your child enjoyed the week as much as we did!  I marvel every year at the improvement we see between Monday and Thursday. What often...

Final Thought for Summer League

I want to thank you for joining us this summer for our 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 leagues. I certainly hope you had a positive experience. Most of all, I hope your young player was able to connect with the fun and spontaneity of the game in a meaningful way. I love the game of...
Fall Events in Context

Fall Events in Context

Fall Events in Context Anytime we create a new program or enter a new season of the year, I go into re-evaluation mode. I start asking questions about all our programs. What is their place? Should they exist? Should they change? Are they best for the kids we are...

The Need to “Just Play”

The Need to “Just Play”

An open letter to all our "Just Play" Camp Participants: Thank you for joining us for our 2019 Just Play Camp. We certainly hope your child enjoyed the week as much as we did!  I marvel every year at the improvement we see between Monday and Thursday. What often...

Final Thought for Summer League

Final Thought for Summer League

I want to thank you for joining us this summer for our 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 leagues. I certainly hope you had a positive experience. Most of all, I hope your young player was able to connect with the fun and spontaneity of the game in a meaningful way. I love the game of...

Thought for Week #4 – Let it Fly!

Thought for Week #4 – Let it Fly!

Last week I pointed out that if we want our kids to improve, they must have opportunities to stretch their boundaries. Indeed, they must be encouraged to try new things and take new risks.  Whether we realize it or not, most of our kids have been conditioned to...

Thought for Week #3 – Shoot the Scoop!

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...

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Introductory Email – Washington Township Youth Basketball

Greetings everyone, My name is Joe Crispin. I am the owner and director of Crispin Basketball and the current head men’s basketball coach...

Get Beneath the Game

We are often radically unaware of our own intellectual assumptions. In fact, it takes a lot of thought and reflection to clarify what it...

Learning the Language

Below is an email I shared with the parents of our players in our fall half court 3-on-3 league. Hello everyone, We have one more week of...

Parental Anxiety

Youth soccer game today. 11-year-old ladies. No lie: the amount of parental and coaching anxiety present was disturbing. Naturally, it...

Ingredients for a Good Practice

This is helpful. Ingredients of a Successful Practice

Read John O’Sullivan

If you are involved in youth sports at all, it is wise for you to read John O'Sullivan on a consistent basis. His Changing the Game...

Announcing our 2019-2020 Partnership with the Washington Township Boy’s Basketball Travel Program

I am excited to announce our recent partnership with the Washington Township Boy's Basketball travel program. During the 2019-2020 season,...

Fall Events in Context

Fall Events in Context Anytime we create a new program or enter a new season of the year, I go into re-evaluation mode. I start asking...

The Need to “Just Play”

An open letter to all our "Just Play" Camp Participants: Thank you for joining us for our 2019 Just Play Camp. We certainly hope your...

Final Thought for Summer League

I want to thank you for joining us this summer for our 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 leagues. I certainly hope you had a positive experience. Most of...

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