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Archives — September 2013

I’ve filmed high school football for many seasons and, in looking over opposing schools’ equipment, I’ve noticed most schools opt for cheaper cameras. It’s no surprise that these usually give mediocre results. You don’t need to spend a bundle, but when buying a camera, you can follow a few guidelines and end up with much better video.

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Kelli Thoms is Adrian Peterson. Hear us out: She grew up a big Vikings fan, so naturally she loves AP. Like Adrian, Kelli goes “all day” helping coaches with their Hudl issues. Like Adrian, she’s not concerned with breaking or setting records, as long as the team comes away with the W.

Unlike Adrian, Kelli hasn’t had to bounce back from any season-ending injuries, but she does get pelted by Nerf bullets on a daily basis. But she never lets it affect her game. She might actually thrive off of it. We think AP would do the same.

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The beginning of football season creates a lot of craziness and chaos in the Hudl office. We decided to keep the streak going with the announcement of two new Hudl Up Tours coming this fall! Each stop is scheduled to last two hours with three different sessions planned. Oh, and it’s totally free. Here’s what’s happening:

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Hudl underwent a Pulverenti invasion earlier this year. In one month, both Erik and Scott became full-time Hudlies. Must be something in the water they drank as kids.

Scott’s the younger of the pair, but you could say he’s wise beyond his years. The guy has big plans for the sport of football – not like he’s going to suit-up in the NFL or anything, but he wants to change the rules of the gridiron. Judge for yourself whether these suggested regulations would hurt or help.

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As an athlete, your highlight is often your first impression on a recruiter. You have thirty seconds to get their attention, and less than ten minutes to prove why they should want you. Having the right plays in your reel is key in proving you’re the athlete they’re looking for – but you don’t want to overdo it.

The following post is from Will Hewlett, Director of Player Development for National Football Academies, and while it focuses on quarterback reels, there are plenty of tips that all athletes should take note of when creating highlights.

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We recently came to the realization that Hudl’s core features need a little updating. When building these features out, we didn’t just look to slap a new coat of paint on them – we really wanted to spend time investigating how coaches have used our tools over the past few years. We tried to identify and remove roadblocks our coaches run into, and find ways to make each tool even easier to use.

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Jared Stauffer is a fun guy. Anytime you see him, you can just tell he’s having the time of his life. Catching him without a smile is like finding that pot of gold at the end of a rainbow – not likely. But can you blame him? His duty as Facilities Manager is to make sure everyone else is happy, and that’s kind of hard to do if you’re not a happy person.

And when he’s not installing soda machines in the Hudl kitchen or naming our meeting rooms “Bo Jackson” and “The Babe”, he’s playing ping pong. The man’s got it made.

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Rick Sparks and the Wheaton Rams (Ill.) first heard about Hudl through the coach’s grapevine – word of mouth from other youth coaches, as well as local area high school programs.

Atlanta Colts (Ga.) Draft Coordinator, Grady Thrasher, found Hudl in an article from a simple Google search back in 2009. They started league-wide with Hudl for their 31 teams in 2012, after their travel team demoed Hudl to the board.

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Jessica Asbury never really “planned” on supporting coaches – the girl double-majored in British literature and advertising. And while we’re sure plenty of coaches appreciate a quiet evening in with Shakespeare, Jessica isn’t exactly integral to that experience.

She is, however, pretty necessary whenever a computer isn’t cooperating or game film isn’t where it should be. In the 16 months since she joined Hudl, she’s become a Coach Relations guru who doesn’t shy away from crazy Hudl issues. But remember: this wasn’t part of the plan.

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Hello. How ‘bout that ride in? I guess that’s why they call it Hudl Support. August is officially over and we’re still trying to figure out what’s going on in life. You’d think that we’d know what we’re getting into, but looking at the numbers is still a shock to the senses. Halfway through our busiest two months in support, let’s recap the numbers:

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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.

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