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New Hudl Tools: Create Practice Scripts and Draw Play Cards

Hudl Practice Scripts

Put away your markers, colored pencils, Sharpies, and paper. We mean it.

With Hudl’s newest feature, you’ll no longer have to spend hours creating practice scripts and drawing play cards each week. Your video, practice scripts, and play cards will all be in one place: your Hudl account.

We’re rolling Hudl Practice Scripts out as a beta feature that will be free for 2012. Currently (as of 8/14), the beta program has been temporarily closed while we work out a few more of the kinks and add a few more enhancements, but you should still fill out our form and we’ll activate Practice Scripts for your whole staff as soon as we re-open the beta. In 2013, you’ll be able to add practice scripts as an a la carte feature to any package for $95/year.

Here’s what you need to know about Hudl Practice Scripts:

Key Time-Saving Features

  • Automatically populate scripts from data you’ve already broken down on your video.
  • Draw play cards with your opponent’s formations and routes.
  • Print play cards to take out on the field.
  • Hudl remembers formations and routes from previous weeks so you won’t have to redraw them. The more you use Practice Scripts, the smarter they get.

Play Cards Hudl

Get the most out of these new tools

  • Break down your opponent scout video. The more complete breakdown data you have for your opponent video, the faster you can make your scripts and play cards. You’ll know which plays your opponents run most often.
  • Get all your coaches involved. All the work doesn’t have to sit on one coach’s plate anymore. Break down your opponent scout video, then collaborate online to create practice scripts and play cards together.
  • Don’t be afraid to tweak what you already have. Planning to run Pro a little different this week than you have in the past? Make your changes for the week, and save. Moving forward, Hudl will populate the formation the way you last saved. Don’t worry, all of your past information will stay the same.
  • Running a play twice? Just duplicate the card in Hudl with the click of a button. No need to redraw.

Why Practice Scripts and not playbook?

Adding diagramming tools to Hudl has been the top request from our coaches for the last three years. All rolled up in this request are three things our coaches want to create diagrams for: practice scripts (scout cards), playbooks, and scouting reports. We plan to get to all three (and more), but why did we roll out a tool for practice scripts first instead of a playbook?

  • Practice scripts are the first big step. Hudl might actually let you draw the best-looking scout cards you’ve ever had, but they likely won’t have the level of detail and polish you would expect for your playbook. We want to hone our drawing tools and learn from our coaches before you start using them to build a playbook you might be living with for years.
  • Practice scripts are video-driven. Hudl’s strength is in letting coaches upload and break down video. The next step in the process is often creating practice scripts and scout cards straight from the video. Playbooks are different. They evolve over time and are driven more by coaching philosophy and strategy. Practice scripts let coaches leverage what Hudl does best.
  • Practice scripts create weekly pain all season. We are all about relieving coach pain and saving time, and we hear over and over that drawing scout cards can be painful, time consuming, and repetitive.

What’s next?

We aren’t going to stop at practice scripts. In addition to making practice scripts even better, we will be taking these diagramming tools into other areas of Hudl for the 2013-2014 season. Here are some of the areas at the top of our list:

  • Playbook. Create a playbook tool to build offensive, defensive, and special teams playbooks that can grow and evolve over the life of your team.
  • Reports. Integrate full diagramming into Hudl reports.
  • Presentations. Allow coaches to add a play diagram into a presentation slide or make a new one from within a presentation
  • Mobile. Practice scripts work, to some degree, on the iPad – we want to find ways to make practice scripts and playbook a first-class citizen on mobile. Imagine taking your tablet out to practice with every diagram (and video) you need to run the show.

We’re excited about this first big step. Use the feature and give us your feedback so it will be polished for 2013.

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