Exclusive access to one of the best basketball minds in college basketball. Learn the methods that have produced one of the most entertaining styles of play in the game. Open the doors and get full access to three practices to get an inside look at how Nate Oats runs his practices and program.
Some of the highest praise for Coach Oats comes from the players who play for him. His players have emphasized his insistence on constant, maximum effort and commented on the “swagger” he brings to his team building efforts. All these qualities are on display in this video.
At Buffalo, and now Alabama, Coach Oats' teams play every game at a frenetic pace. By implementing a system that values aggressive, attacking action over everything else, Oats turned Buffalo into one of the fastest playing teams in college basketball.
The offensive system is what sets the pace and you can watch it over the course of three practices. Oats encourages an aggressive mindset, and he wants his players to attack at every opportunity. Players are taught to attack closeouts directly, with the goal of forcing defensive rotations and kicking out to shooters. Having adapted to modern analytics, Oats wants his team to shoot 3’s, drive to the basket and skip the mid-range shots.
On defense, Oats uses a defensive system that emphasizes closing out on shooters. An uncontested jump shot is the worst possible outcome, so he coaches players to recover, change direction and get out on shooters as fast as possible.
You can learn from a coach who has won multiple Coach of the Year awards at both the high school and college level. Coach Oats has built successful basketball programs. In 11 years at Romulus High School near Detroit, he had a record of 222-52 including seven straight conference championships and four consecutive undefeated seasons.
Coach Oats served as an assistant to Bobby Hurley at the University of Buffalo before being named head coach. In 2016 in his first year as head coach at UB, Coach Oats’ team won the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Tournament.
In 2017-18, Coach Oats was named MAC Coach of the Year as his team won the outright regular season conference title for the first time in school history. His team went on to make one of their three NCAA Tournament appearances in Coach Oats’ four year tenure and, as a 13th seed in the South region, upset the 4th seeded and Pac-12 Champion Arizona Wildcats.
Coach Oats’ 2019 UB team spent 20 weeks in the AP Top 25 College Basketball Poll, marking the first time UB had ever been nationally ranked and the first time in 40 years that a team from the MAC had achieved that honor.
In 2019, Coach Oats was named Head Basketball Coach at the University of Alabama. He brings a high-powered offensive coaching style and high expectations to Alabama.
Coaches will watch individual and group drills. For example how to make a relatively simple closeout drill more competitive and intense as drills start from a game-like initiation and a team score is kept throughout the drill. You’ll also observe how Coach Oats utilizes instructions on the fly help keep an up-tempo pace throughout the practice while being able to constantly teach and correct.
There is a thread of constant improvement and efficiency that permeates the practice. Even coaching activities and practices are discussed and notes made for future improvements. Coaches will improve by watching these practice videos. Your ability to take your own coaching to the next level is enhanced in the following ways:
All-Access Video #1 is a great introduction to the practice structure and techniques used by Coach Oats to build his team.
This practice builds on the density and intensity of video #1. Coaches will see how practice design is tweaked to accommodate a reduced roster due to injuries. Coach Oats’ pre-practice emphasis on player-led improvement and effort translates into a high energy, two and a half hour practice.
This is a video coaches will want to watch over and over again for how to construct and manage a practice that features consistently high performance by the players and is filled with teaching cues and tips throughout that contribute to the over all goal of getting more reps and getting better.
Coach Oats throws down the challenge to constantly improve early on in the practice and the players respond throughout. Brisk transitions between drills and constant scoring and competition in almost every drill keep players focused and performing at a high level through a long practice.
You’ll also see how Coach Oats utilizes almost every minute of practice in a highly efficient manner. By teaching during drill transitions and between possession changeovers, Coach Oats shows you how to continually push players to become better while maintaining an extremely high time on task ratio between player execution and coaching instruction.
Some of the great ideas coaches can pull from this practice:
All-Access Video #2 is a master-class in how to drive overall team improvement. Utilizing a games-based approach, Coach Oats not only increases skill transfer for the players but also creates situations where coaches can practice play-calling skills ensuring that everyone in the program is participating in the upward arc of improvement.
We’re not going to say that the All-Access Day 3 video saves the best for last because the best of Nate Oats is evident throughout the whole All-Access series. Day 3 is the longest session of the three videos and the fact that the intensity level continues unabated is a testament to Coach Oats ability to drive constant improvement over the course of a season as well as a player’s career.
Coach Oats focuses his team’s attitude and approach from the start of practice with a quote from fellow Alabama coach, Nick Saban. Coach Oats builds on the quote to emphasize to the players that they need to learn how to coach each other and take every practice as an opportunity to become a better teammate.
This video features some excellent instruction and drilling on key facets of the transition game as well as installation of six options out of a horns offense. Once again, coaches will be able to learn so much by just watching the design and pacing of practice.
By utilizing game-based drills, unique ways of starting the game-based actions and creative scoring, this practice is fun, interesting and challenging throughout for the players. Constant teaching and holding the players to a high standard are also on display here. An end of practice scrimmage allows coaches to see how three days of practice activity translates into an actual game situation.
Some key takeaways for coaches from the scrimmage:
All Access Video #3 is a fitting conclusion to three days of practices jam-packed with knowledge and opportunities to improve your coaching and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of an elite program in action.
As if three practices, providing you incredible access to one of the most exciting coaches in basketball, isn't enough...we have also included these BONUSES in every download
1. Alabama Program Philosophy Presentation (PDF)
2. Nate Oats Shooting Drills (Video)
3. Nate Oats Half Court Offensive Drills (Video)
4. Nate Oats Style of Play and Practice Drills (Video)
*Note for easier downloads we have combined all three of these BONUS videos into one video.