Help your players play the game better and enjoy the game more by creating a happier basketball environment.
This All Access Joe Crispin Practice Series provides a unique chance to watch how to impart joy in a practice environment while still developing your players and team to have success. Coaching interventions, game-based competitive play, small-sided games, time and score situations, constraints and the use of the shot clock and scoring system, are all used to shape player and team development.
If you are determined to help your players improve in basketball through an engaging learning process that leads to long-term success, then these are the practice videos for you. Instead of doing a bunch of drills, these practices will help you develop a better understanding of how to play more basketball in practice and provide the space for your players to become the best version of themselves.
These practices will help you understand, as a coach, how to break the ceiling and share the joy that comes from maximizing personal and team potential. You will better understand how to help your players find the fun in practice while still developing towards individual and team goals. Feel the joy of getting better through game-based practices and player focused development.
“I’m a player at heart, right? I’m a baller. That’s what I say. I tell my team, I want us to be a group full of ballers. That’s who I was. I love to compete. I love to play. I love to take risks. I love to tell the coach to just sit down and shut up and let me play. That’s how I played when I was at my best.” - Joe Crispin
The Joe Crispin All Access Practice Series will demonstrate a way to improve without succumbing to blocked, repetitive and mindless drills. You will gain confidence watching a coach step outside, do it differently, and find the fun in coaching practices, for himself and his players. By doing things differently, you can create a happier basketball world where players of all ages and abilities play the game better and enjoy the game more.
During his long playing career, Joe Crispin came to realize that what players really long for is joy, fun and basketball happiness. Enjoying practices and games on a deeper level can lead to winning and success. The goal of practice is for development and improvement, of course, but it is also to connect his player’s to the soul of the game.
According to Joe Crispin, playing the game better and enjoying the game more must be two sides of the same coin in the process of development. Enjoyment in the game must be the fuel for his team’s play, but it also must be the end they pursue. It should be fun improving. And a player’s improvement should increase their fun. And the fun of everyone who has the opportunity to see us play.
This philosophy provides foundational principles for great basketball offense that guides his player and team development practice approach. The twelve principles are:
One of Penn State’s all-time great players and longtime professional athlete, Joe Crispin enters his first season as Assistant to the Head Coach in 2023-24 at Penn State.
Crispin spent the last seven seasons as the head men’s basketball coach at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. where he guided the Profs to a 114-54 record, three NCAA Tournament appearances, two conference titles and the 2023 Sweet 16. He collected the fourth-most wins by a head coach in school history through his seven years on the sideline.
Crispin engineered one of the most prolific offenses in the country at Rowan, as the Profs averaged more than 80 points per game in each of his final six seasons including 90+ points per game in each of the last two years.
Joe Crispin is also the primary director for Crispin Basketball where he runs various camps, clinics, and club teams throughout the year. He focuses his energy on overall player development through game-based play.
Joe Crispin’s Playing Career
Crispin enjoyed an extensive and successful playing career that has seen him play basketball for 28 different coaches. In High School, he led Pitman High School to the Sectional Finals three years in a row and the 1997 State Championship finishing 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 led his Enel Brindisi team to the 2010 League championship.
One of Joe Crispin’s philosophical beliefs is that a coach needs to learn as much as possible about their players in the first week of practice. A coach needs to clarify through observation of game situations what the players and team needs to be successful. Conditioning, tactics, techniques and psycho-social factors are all evaluated.
In the first practice, Joe Crispin starts with broad teaching concepts and gradually narrows the focus to improve things that need to be improved, and accentuate strengths that they can become experts at. They immediately get into full court play because they are a full-court oriented team. They also immediately get into time and score situational awareness so that they can compete at the end of close games.
As Crispin states, “I put in some broad things and then just watch them with the understanding that they're always speaking to me. They're always kind of communicating what it is that they can be good at, what it is that they want to do. And then I'll start to begin clarifying what I think we can do offensively and actions and different things as the weeks go on. The same thing is also true defensively. I throw a lot of things at our players very early on.”
Crispin puts his team in a variety of game situations to see how they respond and what they can do. Everything they do is focused on preparing for games. His philosophical belief that pro players are pro players because they spend a ton of time playing in real games with game information is evident throughout practice.
Key concepts covered in this video include: