The 10 Commitments of Basketball
The 10 Commitments of Basketball is an extension of Coach Castle’s philosophy: Be the player that other players want to play with. To become a complete player, an individual must develop solid fundamentals in each of the skills presented in the 10 Commitments of Basketball. Regardless of a player’s abilities and skill level, there will always be an area of their game that needs improving. For example, a player shouldn’t be satisfied with being a great shooter, they should strive to become a better defender too; or work on communication skills to become a better teammate and leader.

A player should aim for continual improvement in their overall game. While some skill areas may develop faster and become more dominant than the others, it is important to recognize each of The 10 Commitments and develop strong fundamentals in all 10 of them. No matter where you are in your development, a player should also be motivated to get to the next level; always looking for ways to improve and get better.

Coach Castle’s 10 Commitments of Basketball
  1. Shooting.
    Lay-ups with both hands (this includes standard lay-ups and more advanced ones), proper shooting technique, consistent shooting from range relevant to age and level of development, shooting off the dribble, shooting off screens, free-throws, and the appropriate footwork for each of these skills.
  2. Dribbling / Ball Handling.
    Being able to dribble with both hands, at speed and/or under pressure, and make change of direction moves in the full-court and half-court.
  3. Passing.
    Being able to execute effective passes with both hands, using any form of pass, including feeding the post.
  4. Individual Defense.
    On-ball defense in the full- and half-court, as well as post defense.
  5. Rebounding.
    Proper rebounding technique for boxing out on the defensive end, outletting the ball, as well as gaining advantageous position for offensive rebounds.
  6. 1 on 1 Offense.
    Ways to create your own shot in the half-court from the perimeter and the post, as well as being able to create a shot for your teammates.
  7. Working Without the Ball on Offense.
    Concepts of spacing and moving in relation to the ball or dribble penetration, screening (both using screens and setting screens), cutting, as well as offensive transition lanes and positioning.
  8. Help Defense.
    Positioning relevant to the ball and your player, adjusting as the ball and your player move, handling screens (both on and off the ball), as well as defensive transition concepts and positioning.
  9. Communication.
    Communication cues for both offensive and defensive play, as well as learning how to best communicate with your teammates and your coach.
  10. Physical & Mental Conditioning.
    Physically, this includes nutrition, strength and conditioning training, how to warm up and warm down, and recovery training. Mentally, this includes confidence, self-motivation and work ethic, poise, leadership, game preparation and learning how to be a great teammate.