In the days leading up to the 2015 Nebraska boys’ basketball state tournament, there was quite a bit of buzz surrounding the team from Winnebago. The bracket was full of Class C-1 powerhouses, and Winnebago hadn’t won a state tournament game since 1941, but they had one loss on the season and, despite hailing from a town of 800, an excess of senior leadership.
Our philosophy regarding video is “That eye in the sky don’t lie!” We film everything and take pride in our filming procedures. It’s better to see a wrong step in August and correct it right away – or even the next day – than to try nipping a bad habit in December when that state championship is on the line. And even if you don’t see your mistakes, somebody else will.
The turn from winter to spring has a lot of meaning around the Hudl office: Basketball state champs are decided, our annual trip to Vegas is only weeks away, and the clinic calendar has a new focus. As the mad rush of football conventions winds down, we have a little more time to target basketball clinics and athletic director conventions in every corner of the U.S.
Have you heard of Babatunde Aiyegbusi? No? Well, you should get familiar. The man hails from Warsaw, Poland, standing at 6-foot-9, 351-lbs. He has a dream to play in the NFL, but his journey hasn’t been that of a typical prospect. Aiyegbusi has never played a down of college football in his life – not one. He started as a basketball player before deciding to give football a shot. He’s pretty good, too.
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that highlight viewing consumes a good chunk of our days. We’re frequently alerted anytime a new reel gains traction, and – most of the time – it’s for good reason. A lacrosse goal from 40 yards out or the starting QB sticking a flip for six in the state championship are what we expect to see. What we found a few weeks ago, however, was a little different. It featured an Iowa sophomore with his own style of school spirit.
For most teams, basketball season is either winding down or all wrapped up, making now the perfect time for athletes and coaches to relive a team’s best moments – with highlights. What makes highlights so great? Why not recap a season with regular old game film? We’re happy to fill you in.
It’s playoff time. Seems crazy, right? We think so, too, but the pinnacle of the season for teams who navigated their way through district and conference tournaments is upon us. All those early morning practices, gassers, blisters, away game bus rides, Hawaiian-themed student sections, led to this moment – the playoffs. Win or go home.
Another National Signing Day is in the books, and another class of Hudl users are continuing their athletic careers. NSD is a big deal for athletes competing at all levels, and we get to play a unique role in the process. Check out what we learned this time around.
We’re continuing the clinic grind through mid-February, reaching coaches from one coast to the other and everywhere in between. This is the brunt of our clinic schedule and definitely one of our favorite times of the year. A large portion of our time has been spent at 16 Glazier and seven Nike COY Clinics, and we plan to make each and every remaining one in the coming weeks.
Just because football season is over doesn’t mean the hard work stops. Every offseason is a chance for underclassmen to improve their skills in an effort to take their game to the next level. One way to get better this offseason is by attending one of Nike Football’s regional camps.