Enjoying and imparting the game

Just Play Camp 2019

From Joe Crispin:

One of the things I have realized over the past several years of coaching is that kids need more opportunities to simply play the game of basketball. Specifically, they need opportunities to play without the oversight of coaches, parents, or anyone else telling them what to do. They essentially need the opportunity to coach themselves (and even call fouls themselves!). From a developmental standpoint, this is absolutely essential. Though working on specific skills is vital, it is not enough to become a great basketball player. You need opportunities to experiment with the skills you are trying to development. And the best opportunity is “free play.” 

But most kids don’t really know how to structure their own games, so we want to teach them. That’s what our “Just Play” week is all about. Though they will be working on skills and even running some drills, it is all game-based instruction. The games themselves are the teachers. We will play 3 on 3, 4 on 4, 1 on 1, “Steal the bacon”, a week-long league, “King of the Court.” And we will do so in a variety of different ways. Your kids will love it. I know mine will. And most importantly, the week should lead them to want to play the game more and to take the games they learn to their own backyards and local playgrounds. Because that is where the real progress takes place!

Join us from August 12-15 from 9am-12pm at Rowan University’s Esby Gymnasium. The camp is open to boys and girls entering grades 5-8. The cost is $100 per player. The camp is limited to 50 players and will be run by Kevin Albright (Rowan Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach). We look forward to seeing you there and letting you play!

Please contact us with any questions.

* Refunds only given up to 2 weeks before the event.

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.


Fun is essential.


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


Diversity of experience.


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.  READ MORE >

Joseph Callahan


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


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.  READ MORE >



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