Discover the drills and coaching philosophies behind Loyola-Chicago's successful 2018 season!
- Learn how to make sure your players are focused and have the right mindset at practice every day
- Develop players with positional skill work as well as combined drills for all players
- Get many of Coach Moser's favorite competitive drills that allow time for constructive criticism
with Porter Moser,
Loyola University Chicago Head Coach;
2018 NCAA Final Four; 2018 Missouri Valley Conference & Tournament Champions;
2018 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year; 2015 CBI (College Basketball Invitational) Champions
You get the chance to see how Porter Moser and his team are working to make a repeat visit to the Final Four in this exclusive look inside one of the Ramblers' off-season practices following their impressive tournament showing.
Coach Moser opens the session by sharing the three rules his team has in the locker room:
- Protect the Team
- No Excuses, No Complaining, No Entitlement
- Be Early
The "No Entitlement" part of those rules has been the Ramblers' focus after garnering so much attention from the media. Moser has placed a big emphasis on maintaining his team's rich culture throughout the off-season and he shares many of his leadership techniques throughout this video.
Warm-Up, Perfection and Shooting Drills
To kick off the practice, Moser instructs his team to complete the 130 Passes one-minute drill that requires the ball to never hit the ground. The drill is an easy way to make sure that your players are present mentally and ready to compete at practice. Next, the team rolls right into Moser's "Perfection Drills." These drills call for perfection, according to Moser, because they involve layups and no defense.
Coach Moser showcases two of his favorite shooting drills that have helped the Ramblers convert more shots, especially from 3-point range. "One More Shooting" and "Full-Court 3-Point Shooting" are competitive drills that will push your players to focus and nail more shots.
Loyola-Chicago's culture on the court is predicated on a "pace and space" philosophy. You'll see that come through as you observe some of the offensive skill work specific to guards and posts that Moser uses with his team. Everything must be at high speed, and no detail is spared as athletes complete every rep. This section is valuable because you'll see the Ramblers split into both halves of the court depending on position and operate simultaneously.
Once players have been through the offensive circuit, it's time to move to defense. Staying in their position groups, you'll see them work on defensive fundamentals like moving feet and maintaining active hands. These skills, and many more, are improved through a variety of drills.
Finally, guards and posts come together to complete combined skill work. Coach Moser especially wants his team to work on ball screens on both sides of the ball.
Competitive Drills and Games
Much of the second half of this video is spent on team drills that put players in game-like situations so Coach Moser can provide critiques. These drills will give you plenty of feedback about what each of your athletes needs to do to get better. Moser's version of the Shell drill is especially useful as it's run in the full court as opposed to the half court. This forces players to remain active and exposes lazy tendencies.
To close the practice, Moser gives you two games that pit your players against each other. 7, 8, 9 Free Throws puts pressure on your athletes to knock down shots at the line in order to come away with a win, making it a great drill for virtually any practice.
Coach Moser has quickly built a dominant team at Loyola-Chicago, but he's done it the old-fashioned way - through a culture of hard work and attention to detail. This video shows exactly the kind of practices that you'll want to emulate to take your own program to new heights in the seasons ahead!
126 minutes. 2018.Basketball Videos