Saying goodbye to October is bittersweet for us here in Coach Support. Not only is the Halloween candy all gone, but fall sports went with it. The sweet part for us is the chance to switch gears in preparation for winter sports. In fact, we’re so excited to start this season off right, we’re calling all of our basketball coaches to answer any and all questions in advance – bonus points for those wanting tips on our new breakdown tools.
We spent seven weeks traveling all over the country to give basketball coaches a first-hand look at the new workflow. We hoped they would like what we had in store for the upcoming season, but never expected the level of excitement we saw at all 22 Hudl Up Tour stops. A lot of coaches sat and waited for the “but” – there wasn’t one. With our new tools, you can upload and tag full games with team and individual stats in under an hour, period.
Time flies when you’re having fun, and there’s nothing better than high school football on a crisp Friday night in the fall. At least, that’s the way we see it. But as regular seasons across the country start winding down, it’s worth taking a minute to stop and savor those special moments between every kickoff and victory formation. The good news is, Hudl’s here to help you do just that.
As the leaves change, so does life in Support. September started out hot and slowly tapered off as coaches became Hudl pros once again. With football season in full swing, they’ve figured out all the new features and worked their magic with the old. As things continue to wind down, we want to touch on what goes on behind the scenes when you reach out for help throughout the season.
High school football coaches work hard. We know it. We see it every week. That’s why we strive to improve the tools they use daily. They rely heavily on Hudl and MaxPreps for game film review, stats entry, and roster management, and we take that responsibility seriously, always striving to improve our tools.
It turns out there is no longer a slow time at Hudl – especially when we’re talking travel schedules. In the old days, most of our trips came in the spring. But with the release of our new basketball workflow, our presence at the nation’s biggest and best hoops clinics has gone way up, and the invitations have us as excited as these guys.
I believe it was Shakespeare who said, “You gotta pay the cost to be the boss.” Well, maybe it wasn’t Shakespeare himself who said that, but we all know it’s true. As a coach, practice, games, and training alone take up hours a week. So, it’s safe to say that for a coach, the cost of being the boss is paid in time – and that doesn’t even include the organizational tasks that come with coaching.
Watching video is the most important thing you do in Hudl, so we spent the off-season making improvements to our video player by replacing Silverlight with an all-around better platform: HTML5. Why? Because by 2015, most Internet browsers will stop supporting Silverlight, which is what we’ve been using to power Hudl’s video player.
We’re pumped to officially announce that the Ubersense app, along with the awesome team behind it, is now part of the Hudl family. With 2.5 million users across more than 50 sports, Ubersense has built a powerful community for coaches and athletes to record and review video with feedback from around the world.
What. Just. Happened. In no time at all, August came and went with a fury of calls, tweets, emails, and chats. This isn’t our first rodeo, so you would think we’d come into football season mentally prepared, but you guys surprised us once again. With a start like this, we’re anxious to see how the rest of football season shakes up. Records, prepare to be shattered.