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Archives — May 2012

Summer may be the most strategic time of the year for a football player. During the summer break, they’re able to focus more, so a summer football camp can make a tremendous impact.

But how do you know if it’s the right camp?

Selecting a summer camp is a greater challenge every year as options grow. A quick web search provides overwhelming choices.

Let’s break down what to look for and what to avoid.

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Although it’s been a while since we’ve posted a major update, the Hudl product team has been killing it. This month we’re proud to announce some of what’s been keeping us so busy for the past four months:

  • Upgrade Your Account Directly from Hudl.com
  • Easier Highlight and Profile Sharing
  • Preview: Mercury for Mac
  • Preview: “Online” Video Editing & Intercutting
  • Preview: Top Play
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The Hudl Up Tour ended with a bang at the New York Jets facility on May 17. We had an awesome seven weeks traveling the country. Thanks for making it a great event.

Here are some numbers behind the tour.

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Hudl support lines will be closed on Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day. Phone Lines will reopen on Tuesday, May 29 at 10 a.m. CT.

We’ll be responding to emails sent to support@hudl.com, and Platinum teams will still receive 24/7 support.

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Incorporating a foam roller into your workout can be a valuable tool for your athletes. Using a foam roller during your warm-up can help increase blood flow and calorie burn, and decrease the chance of injury. By providing pressure to the restricted regions of the body, you can help eliminate pain and restore motion.

If you’re not sure how to use the roller, here is a sequence to get you started.

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One year ago today the small community of Joplin, Mo. experienced one of the deadliest tornadoes in this nation’s history. The storm, nearly 1-mile wide, killed 160 people in a matter of minutes.

Head Football Coach, Chris Shields, was new to the program in 2011 and was living about five hours away from Joplin in Wentzville, Mo. when the tornado hit. He turned on the television only to see the house he was moving into in a week was flattened and everything was destroyed. I had the opportunity to catch up with him a few weeks ago to see how the rebuild was coming.

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Last week marked the final week of the Hudl Up Tour. Brandon and some Hudlies traveled to Pittsburgh, Rochester, Boston, and ended the week at the Jets facility in Florham Park, N.J.

Thanks to all the coaches who traveled to an event over the last seven weeks. It was great getting the chance to meet you as well as learn from you.

Here are some of our favorite tweets from last week:

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This Week:

  • How Yahoo! Killed Flickr
  • Why You Should Start CrossFit Tomorrow
  • Why Textbooks Just Won’t Go Away
  • How much rest is too much rest for an NBA playoff team?
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Developing a program that translates to the field is a great way for you and your coaches, as well as your athletes to understand the importance of an offseason strength program.

Here’s how.

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Happy Friday! Here’s what Hudlies have been reading this week:

  • Paralyzed Woman Runs the London Marathon
  • London Goes to Great Lengths to Secure Olympic Host Site
  • A Tastier Way to Sooth a Sore Throat
  • Hot American Airline Deal Gone Wrong
  • Make Your Team More Efficient with Google Docs
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For the month of May, we’re giving soccer some love in our Book of the Month series. Jason McClanathan, one of our quality assurance analysts, told us about his favorite book as a soccer coach, Focused for Soccer by Bill Beswick.

Be sure to head over to our Facebook page and ‘Like’ our post about the book to be entered to win a free copy!

Here’s a good summary of the book.

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Miranda and a group of Hudlies made their way across the southern states last week for week five of the Hudl Up Tour. Thanks to all the coaches who came out to learn more about Hudl and share their secrets.

You can view pictures from the event at hudluptour.com.

If you’ve been following our tour hashtag (#HudlUp) on Twitter, you’ve seen a lot of great quotes from coaches in the audience and on the panel. Here are some of our favorites from last week:

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This week:

  • Junior Seau Remembered
  • How to Save a Life with Facebook
  • New Ways of Finding Ideas
  • Husker Baseball Does a Rain Dance
  • Finding Football’s Sabermetrics
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For my Hudl Helps donation, I chose to support the organization To Write Love on Her Arms. To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also directly invest in treatment and recovery.

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Weight and resistance training programs can vary from team to team, but no matter which weight room you walk into, there are some lifts that you’ll see consistently. The deadlift, power shrug, and back squat have become commonplace, and if you are going to use them, it is important that you pay attention to the details.

Ted Rath from the Detroit Lions shares his thoughts on the deadlift drops, power shrug, a different twist on the back squat, and what his athletes use to warm up before hitting the platform.

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