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Why We Got In The Hudl - Part One

This is the first in a two-part series from youth football teams talking about their decision to adopt Hudl organization-wide, and how they plan to use it this season.

If you haven’t heard, Club & Youth packages got a little makeover, and coaches have been signing up like crazy ever since. We noticed that teams wanted Hudl for more than one Junior Pee Wee team; they wanted to get the whole organization on board. And who are we to stop them? We think film study is beneficial for all ages, especially the younger ones, but don’t take our word for it. Take theirs.

Oconomowoc Youth Football (Wis.), first heard about Hudl at a coaches clinic in 2011. The coaches took it to their technology committee, who started a free trial to determine if it was a fit for OYF. They used it during the season for a 5th grade team, and gradually presented it to the rest of their coaches. In March 2013, they decided to adopt it for all 12 teams in their organization.

How did you decide to adopt Hudl within OYF?
“Our coaches, including the head coach who is also Director of Coach and Player Development on our board, were so impressed with the Hudl program and how easy it was to use, even for non-technical people.”

What do you think is the biggest advantage Hudl gives your organization?
“While I’m sure there are many benefits we haven’t yet thought of, these are the key advantages for us in utilizing Hudl:
• Online video storage for all teams
• Easily share practices and games
• Preparation for high school football
• Efficiency
• Liability mitigation”

What about your players?
“We have never reviewed film in the past due to the complexity of making film available. Now we have a great tool not only for our coaches, but also the players and parents.

“Each week we create a club highlight video to share via our website featuring outstanding performances from all 12 teams. This is great recognition for our players that perform at the highest level and also motivates all the players in the organization on a weekly basis.”

How are parents getting involved with Hudl?
“When we made it available to our players and their parents, the feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive. We had several parents who were so grateful that there was an easy way for grandparents who lived out of town or could not attend the game to watch their grandson play on Saturdays.

“Our organization is entirely parent and volunteer-driven. We provide a discount on registration fees for parents who volunteer in the organization. We have added a volunteer position for 2013 for a parent from each team to be a video administrator to film and upload to Hudl after the game. This ensures full participation amongst our club.

“Finally, this year we videotaped our session on proper form tackling as well as reading the warning sticker on our football helmets to all our players. After we uploaded the film we shared it with the parents. Hudl makes it very easy to ensure the teaching of proper technique to our players and their parents.”

What would you tell another organization or league about Hudl?
“We could not be happier with the service as well as the support we receive from Hudl. The sales team has been great in assisting us to understand the benefits of the service as well as answering many questions we have throughout the process. The responsiveness and knowledge of the support team has been outstanding. We also enjoy the training sessions Hudl delivers. We look forward to being a Hudl client for many seasons!”

If you were thinking about getting your organization or league on Hudl this season, there’s still time. Check out our Club & Youth page for more information, or sign up today.

Want to talk to our sales team? Reach out to youth@hudl.com. We can’t wait to help you get in the Hudl.

Gary Wipperman is the head of the Oconomowoc Youth Football Technology Committee. Oconomowoc Youth Football Inc. is based in Oconomowoc, WI and strives to provide the participants with a positive, safe and educational football and cheerleading experience in a healthy competitive setting. The Bandits provide football opportunities for all area youth in 5th – 8th grade. In addition to football, OYF is active in several local charitable organizations and extends scholarships to ensure opportunities for any students whose family needs financial assistance. You can learn more about their program here.

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