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Archives — September 2012

It’s time to start thinking about getting athletes recruited. It’s important to make sure you’re putting your best foot forward for recruiters, and they know how awesome your athletes are.

We know the recruiting process can suck, so we want to help out. We’ll be holding free, online webinars for athletes and parents to learn more about the recruiting process.

Check out the times and see some other tips to get the recruiting process rolling.

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You use reports like nobody’s business. We thought it was time we gave them some love.

We’ve given our reports a major facelift and added in some new features to make them a powerful tool for you to have in your arsenal this season.

This will be an opt-in feature, so if you are in love with the old look of reports you don’t have to switch over. If you want to try out new reports, fill out our form and we’ll get it turned on for you.

Check out what’s new.

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With a few weeks of football under your belts, I’m sure you’ve already started to think about getting your athletes recruited. Everyone has their own idea of “best practices” when it comes to recruiting. We have a few that we think will help you get the most out of Hudl’s recruiting tools.

Here are some dos and don’ts of using Hudl’s recruiting tools, plus a sneak peek at some new stuff for recruiting we have in the works.

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Your Web browser is one of the most important pieces of software on your computer. It’s most likely the first thing you click when you fire up your machine and the place where you’ll spend the most time while you’re on the internet. There are multiple browser options, but not all are created equal.

Hudl will support several browsers: IE8, IE9, Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome. Chrome came into the picture in 2008, and has been our browser of choice ever since. It has changed the way people can view the Web.

Here are five reasons we recommend Google Chrome for our PC users.

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Football season is our busiest time. We’ve got teams across more than 20 sports, but football coaches push our infrastructure unlike any other. The season is our chance to show you just how serious we are about keeping the site up and keeping it fast. Our goal this season is the same as last: keep Hudl up and running when you need it most.

Keeping any website up and running is no easy task. I thought I would give a glimpse into the efforts we make to ensure Hudl is always there when you need it, along with some pretty sweet stats.

Warning: Things are about to get nerdy.

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We hear from coaches a lot that they need to burn a DVD so that they can watch their video without an internet connection—in the field house or on the bus ride home.

We understand. Sitting idle and not watching your video can seem like such a waste of time during the season. But we think you should ditch the DVDs.

There are four ways you can watch your video offline with Hudl.

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Action on the mat, field, or court doesn’t stop just because you don’t have a camera in hand ready to go. Use the Hudl iPhone app this season to capture every important detail. Now you won’t have to worry about missing the details you need to give feedback to your athletes. Film short snippets of practice, matches, or meets and watch it instantly. Once you’re done, upload the video to Hudl.com directly from your iPhone.

The beta is closed currently (as of 9/13), as we hit 250 teams who filled out the form. We’ll let you know when we open it back up for more coaches. We encourage to still fill out the form to get on the wait list.

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Your printer has been a key player in your team’s success in past years. You’re tasked with printing off hundreds of documents from student health forms to offseason weightlifting schedules. You go to all the work, only to have forms lost or sit buried in a locker.

Make your life easier this season and share all your documents through your Hudl account. Your video already lives in Hudl, doesn’t it just make sense for all your coaching docs to live there, too?

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This time of year the heat can be just as tough on your athletes as the 11 players lining up on the other side of the ball. The heat can lead to dehydration, which can lead to serious athletic disadvantages. Muscle contractions will begin to slow and weaken, causing your athletes to lose their optimal muscle function. This increases their chances of muscle pulls and strains.

It’s important for your athletes to know the importance of hydration and how to gauge their own hydration levels. There are a couple signs your athletes should use to gauge their hydration level.

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Breast cancer really sucks. As a way to support continuing progress in breast cancer research, we’ll be selling a limited-run Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirt. Shirts will be on sale from today (9/6) until Sunday, September 16.

The price for the shirt is $20. We have a group of Hudlies headed to the Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure. All proceeds from the shirt sales will go to the race.

Order your shirts here. Let’s help Dominate Cancer.

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There are so many tools out there to help your athletes get better, but none are quite as powerful as video. Video doesn’t lie, so it keeps the “I did that” or “I wasn’t doing that” conversations to a minimum.

We begin building the foundation for our athletes in the sixth grade by introducing them to Hudl. We want to give them a taste of what they’ll be using in high school. We also integrate our youth with the high school program by doing community events and coaching clinics together. This helps build good relationships with coaches and athletes at every level.

A big part of building our foundation starts with video. Here are three benefits to starting them early.

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I know it’s probably hard to believe, but August is usually our busiest month of the year in Hudl Support. With teams around the country getting their first games underway, we’ve been working hard to answer your calls, emails, and chats.

Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve been up to.

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