Enjoying and imparting the game

Just Play Camp 2020

August 10th – 13th at Rowan’s Esby Gym

4th – 7th Grade, 9am – 12pm

8th – 11th Grade, 12pm – 3pm

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.”

Most kids, however, 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 that they own. The games themselves are the teachers. We will play 3 on 3, 4 on 4, 1 on 1, 5 on 5, “King of the Court.” We will do so in a variety of different ways and, ultimately, in a way the kids get to choose and own it. My kids tell me it is the best camp of the year. 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.

This year we are holding camp for two age groups – Grades 4-7 and 8-11. 

Our Vision

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

Our Values

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LONGEVITY

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

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.  READ MORE >

BRENDAN AND TESSA PETERSEN

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

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