Our time at the 2014 THSCA Convention was awesome (not to say every other year wasn’t). Coaches are always excited to become bigger experts in their areas of expertise, grab some free swag, and get a glimpse at our latest features. Basketball coaches got the biggest surprise with a deeper look at our new tools designed with their games in mind.
The 2014 Opening wrapped up a week ago and we’re still reeling from the amazing talent that dominated the fields at Nike World Headquarters. Each of the five days brought some special stuff to the table, but Wednesday and Thursday were packed with actual football games. Well, as actual as 7-on-7 gets. In the middle of July, we’ll take what we can get.
Well, the year is already halfway over and it’s been a whirlwind six months. We’ve more than doubled our staff, dominated our new goals, and supported more coaches than ever, so it’s pretty exciting to take a look back and recap how things have gone for Support. But, being a sports company, we can’t ignore the office being engulfed in FIFA madness. So, in honor of the 2014 World Cup, take in the first ever Support/FIFA stat mashup!
Sunday and Monday may have been all about the quarterback, but Tuesday allowed for every other position to strut its stuff in the final SPARQ tests of 2014. After a timed 40-yard dash, agility shuttle, kneeling power ball toss and vertical leap, it’s obvious there’s no shortage of raw talent in this year’s Opening class.
Athletes invaded Nike’s campus Monday afternoon for the first official day of the 2014 Opening, but it was the second day of hard work for this year’s Elite 11 finalists. Sunday was packed with two practices – one was all about agility, the other featured receivers for routes on air.
We’ve talked about Hudl Playbook and Practice Scripts before. They allow coaches to keep every play card online, stored with game and opponent scout video, ready to edit at a minute’s notice. And because Hudl remembers every formation and route ever drawn, staffs are saving serious time with saved templates. Some may even forget what a blank play card looks like.
Every summer, the nation’s best high school football players invade Nike World Headquarters just outside of Portland, Ore., for one week. They’re coached by some of the game’s biggest names to compete in drills designed to find the fastest, strongest, and most agile players in each position. For the second year in a row, Hudl will be there to capture the highlights of every event, not just to document player performance, but also to give fans a glimpse at the future of college football.
If you’ve paid any attention to the World Cup, the name Luis Suárez might ring a bell. He bit a guy. Aside from that, all most people really know is that he’s from Uruguay, but he also plays for Liverpool – Adam Troester’s favorite futbol team. Well, it’s second to the United States men’s national team, but that doesn’t mean Adam hasn’t been affected by Suárez’s actions.
The summer months have not slowed down our movement on the road. In fact, it’s about to get real busy as we gear up for nearly 30 clinics in July and August alone. Our summer is traditionally highlighted by the annual Texas High School Coaches Association convention, which draws around 12-15,000 all-sport coaches. We apparently really like Texas, as it’s one of just four clinics we’ll be attending in the Lone Star State in July.
Basketball is flow-based (surprise!), meaning every second of every game is worth studying. This makes the film experience much different than that of sports with more downtime, like football. So with the latest round of updates to Hudl’s basketball workflow, clips are out.