All Access Basketball Practice with Joe Crispin
“I have a great deal of personal experience with the improvement. But I must admit that one of the primary reasons I emphasize fun is because I so easily lost it during my youth. In my pursuit to be great, I neglected joy and missed out on the delight of the process. And though I reached great heights in maximizing my individual potential, I strongly believe that I could have done more if I possessed the resounding note of joy in the game that I started with and, fortunately, did find again later in my career.” ~ Joe Crispin
Amazing praise from some championship coaches
"Joe Crispin was a heck of a player and he is an even better coach. An outside the box thinker he has a great feel for offense and for teaching his players how to read and attack the defense. He also connects and empowers players to play confidently to their strengths."
Josh Merkel | Head Coach, Randolph-Macon
"Coach Crispin is innovative. It is a commonly held belief that the more comfortable team wins in basketball. Coach Crispin’s concepts for defensive and tempo place opposing teams in uncomfortable situations, while his approach to offense is supported by analytics, fun for players and entertaining for fans."
John Giannini PhD | Director of Athletics, Rowan University
"Coach Crispin is a forward thinking coach who empowers players to play free and take ownership of the game. He has challenged me to think about the game differently and I’m sure will do the same for other coaches once exposed to his approach."
Dan Burke | Head Coach, Wilmington University
“After watching these practices, Joe Crispin has me thinking of offensive development for players differently. He was on one of my favorite The Basketball Podcast episodes ever and I can say these videos add even more value to my coaching.”  
Joe Reddish | Coach, Franklin Bulls
Watch samples from the play-based practices run by Joe Crispin

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.

Watch how Joe Crispin’s practices highlight these four key ideas that guide everything he does:
Discovery in Practice
Watch how Joe Crispin provides space for discovery in the development process. Discovery is at the heart of every drill, small-sided game and challenge his team does in practice. Patience and messy learning are on display in each practice providing opportunities for players to tinker, mess up, learn, and develop.

In the rush to “teach” the game, well-meaning coaches often control so much of the action, the rules, and the workouts that the opportunity for discovery is neglected – or worse, taken away. But the process of discovery is foundational to the development and joy. Discovering more about the game, more about yourself, and more relating to others in competition are essentials to loving the game and developing as a player. This is true at every single stage of development.

These practices are not overly controlled. Over-controlled games and workouts may look good on the surface, but there is often less learning, because there is less room for discovery. Instead, watch how these practices empower players to be the best version of themselves.
Diversity in Practice
Watch how Joe Crispin’s practices focus on developing players who can play in games, not just look good in practice. He doesn’t want to create players who look good in warm-ups or workouts. His practices demonstrate a diversity of basketball experiences that help his players learn how to play with confidence and competence in the game.

These practices offer opportunities for free play, the introduction of concepts and language for their offensive and defensive style of play, while still promoting experimentation. You will see how, within the messy learning, he emphasizes the right teaching concepts at the right time providing actionable coaching interventions.
Watch how Joe Crispin teaches his players to own their own game. Instead of bemoaning the lack of self-initiation, self-motivation and self-discovery among our current generation of players, see how you can create an environment for all those elements of development. Restoring these elements to his players is a primary focus for him as a coach because players and teams who maximize their potential own their part in the process.

In order for players of all ages and abilities to reach their own potential, they must learn how to own their own game. It starts with free play, but it also involves allowing for self-organization, communication, leadership and leaving some space for players to fill. See how his practices provide players the freedom and power to own their individual and team success and development.
Watch how Joe Crispin’s practices focus attention on the process, and a commitment to winning the long-game. Everything matters, of course, but not everything matters today. Underneath all the priorities in team and player development, the long-term well-being of the players remains the most important thing.

The practices are designed and coached in a way that promotes healthy relationships with coaches and teammates creating psychological safety and a learning environment where players can strive to improve every day.
What makes these all access practice videos different from the rest?

“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.

Learn about Joe Crispin’s “Offense Wins” philosophy

This philosophy provides foundational principles for great basketball offense that guides his player and team development practice approach. The twelve principles are:

Empower Us with an Offensive Identity
Develop a System that is simple, consistent, and comprehensive
Emphasize rhythm
Create More Space
Make us move, but not too much
Center our offense around what our best players do best
Have built in counters for everything the defense does and train us in them
Train Us to Move the Ball
Clarify our offensive roles
Embrace and prepare us for great transition basketball
Use Wisdom and Restraint with your Set-Plays
Let Us Play
Why to Press
In Which Game Situations to Press
Creating Your Identity as a Press Defense Team
Setting Your Team Goals for Pressure Defense
How Much Of a Factor is Condition For Press Defense
What Type of Players to Recruit for your Defensive Press Identity
Complete Breakdown of the Press Defense
Breaking Down Each Player's Assignment in the Press
Get a glimpse behind the scenes of how Joe Crispin runs his practices with his Rowan University team. 
Who is Joe Crispin?

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.

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Joe Crispin Practice Video #1

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:

Fast paced, high energy transition possessions of offense vs. defense.
Game based play with constraints and scoring systems to emphasize player and team development.
Development and introduction of actions and scripts like “Kick Post/Attack” and “Through” / “Slice.”
Introduction and application of half-court and full-court defensive defensive rotations.
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Joe Crispin Practice Video #2
A big goal for Crispin is to show his team what they will look like both defensively and offensively. This practice focused on offense. Since he believes he has a lot of good one-on-one dribble oriented players he spends a lot of time putting players in positions where they have space and can do a variety of things.

Coach Crispin often lets one of his assistant coaches take the lead. This is on display at the beginning of this practice. Another philosophy that is demonstrated in the warm-up phase of practice is what Crispin calls “feel good time.” It doesn't mean that everything they do in this time is something they will use, but he believes players need a time to feel good to work on their skills, and just get ready mentally and physically to practice.

The emphasis in the main body of practice was on full-court play. They focused on their full-court defense, which is a principle-oriented defense because they almost always press. Their press is based on principles and reading one another. From the get-go you see Cripsin put players in game situations in order for them to be comfortable in a game environment as much as possible. You see him stop things to teach during the game-based play. Essentially the press revolves around the clarification of roles and a broad freedom within playing those roles based on your particular strengths, instincts, and current feel for the game.

Key concepts covered in this video include:
How they play a deflection game using their "55” where they review roles "Trappers (3 players), Safety (1 player), and Protector. (1 player)."
Use the shot clock to shape skills and decisions within your practices.
See how his unique scoring systems (Deflection = +1, Steal = +2,Transition lay-ups = +5 and more) can improve player learning.
Watch a full-court practice where players play and learn by playing the game.
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Joe Crispin Practice Video #3
Coach Crispin evaluated previous practices and adjusted things to be a little more specific in what he wanted to do. This speaks to his philosophy of watching practice and throwing things at players to see what is best for the team and then adjusting accordingly.

What came of that evaluation was a desire for more pace, space, flow and freedom. As a result this practice reflected that emphasis while incorporating scoring and time constraints that helped players understand team goals. This practice constantly connected back to their desired principles of play with Crispin using coaching interventions to stimulate learning.

Key concepts covered in this video include:
Crispin’s goal of never being boring is on full display as he challenges players through a challenging practice.
Watch how he uses two groups to maximize time-on-task and practice efficiency.
Learn how to incorporate free throws to simulate game situations.
Competitive environment.
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Joe Crispin Practice Video #4
While Crispin’s game-based practices always emphasize two-way teaching, this practice focused on defensive refinement. In their defensive refinement, they focused on more zone based, even though they are a man-to-man team. This is because their goal is to be as disruptive as possible to an opponent’s offense. One of their goals defensively was to take away easy catch and shoot opportunities and layups without fouling.

A characteristic of all Crispin practices is messy learning. He tries to embrace that because he feels it is what is in a game so practice might as well reflect that. Game-based learning doesn’t always look clean and perfect. The goal is to make practice reflective of the game so they also installed their inbound plays to use them in practice.

Key concepts covered in this video include:
See how they try and improve their half-court flow with a 3 possession game.
Watch a game called “4th Quarter” in which the score is tied 71-71, each team has 6 fouls, 2 Timeouts and all players have 3 personal fouls.
Learn how defensive and offensive scripts help players understand the what and how of their style of play.
Dive deeper into their peel back and switch concepts.
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