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Basketball Circuit Training

author image Steve Silverman
Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.
Basketball Circuit Training
Circuit training in basketball helps players focus on free-throw shooting form.

Circuit training is a term that is usually associated with weight lifting or strength building. But the principles that apply to building strength also apply to improving at basketball. When you are circuit training in basketball, you go to various stations that are set up so you can work on ball handling, post play, outside shooting, defense and passing. A coach typically sets up circuit training stations prior to the start of the season when fundamentals can be drilled without worrying about the next game.

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Circuit training in basketball gives a chance for players and coaches to work on a variety of skills throughout a practice session. Instead of dividing your players up into two groups for a practice session, you might have one or two players at each station. The setup could include a ball-handling station in the middle of the court, a free-throw shooting stating on one of the side baskets, a rebounding station at a side basket, an outside shooting station at one end of the court and a passing-and-shooting station at another end.


Place you players at the station that will help their game the most at the start of the practice. While players will move around throughout the session, it's important for players to build on their strengths and work on the weak spots of their game. You should have at least one assistant at every station to help players work on their game. If you don't have enough assistants to man each station, coaches can cover multiple stations.


At the shooting station, work on all aspects of shooting. That includes footwork, ball placement on the hand, shooting motion, lift and follow through. Have a checklist with you and offer corrective advice as the player practices. The same holds for rebounding, ball handling and defensive positioning.

Time Frame

In order to make great use of your practice time, move players around from station to station. Players should move every six or seven minutes. While you will not solve all weaknesses in the short time, you do gain knowledge and greater insight into each area of your game.


After working a basketball circuit training practice, it is often best to put what players learned into action by having a practice game or scrimmage. You may have made a breakthrough on your ball handling, outside shooting or rebounding. The best way to cement that lesson is to work it into game activity.

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