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Archives — December 2013

Jason McClanathan is our go-to guy for two very important things: mobile apps and soccer. (So if you love fútbol and your phone or tablet, Jason is your favorite Hudlie by default.) We’re glad he likes soccer because if he didn’t, he may have never become a coach. And if he hadn’t been a coach, he may have never known about Hudl. And if he’d never known about Hudl, we wouldn’t have such an awesome guy working on our awesome iOS and Android apps.

And that’s not even the best thing to come from his coaching career!

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We’ve been working hard on the next version of Hudl for basketball, but there are still thousands of coaches using the current Hudl product to break down their basketball video. So we took a break from the new and focused on updating the old - and we made sure everything was ready to go before your holiday tournaments tip off. Here’s what we’ve done so far:

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When most people think of Hudl, they think of football. But over the past six months, a new group of coaches have come to us, hoping to get more out of their video. What sport do they coach? Ice hockey.

Teams across the United States and Canada have kicked off the winter season with Hudl. Whether it is youth, club or high school, coaches and athletes are realizing the growing importance of film study.

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Christmas is next week and there’s a chance you still have some shopping to do - plenty of Hudlies are in the same boat. Some people are just impossible to shop for. They might already have everything they need, or maybe they don’t have a list, but we have just the thing. Whether you’re out to find the perfect gift for your players, your wife, Mom, Dad, your best friend or a Secret Santa, a Hudl Keepsake is perfect.

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The importance of a well-made highlight reel for recruiting cannot be emphasized enough. A player doesn’t get a second chance to make a first impression. The highlight reel is a tool for recruiters to make early determinations on whether or not to pursue a prospect, or evaluate him further.

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Allison Regan prefers to go by “Alli”, but when she joined Hudl in January, the office already had two Alli(e)s, so she’s graciously going by her full name. That’s one reason to like her a lot.

Her connections to the Lincoln bar scene are another reason. Anytime Hudlies need a place to let loose, Alli’s our girl. Of course she’s happy to oblige, because Alli loves having fun. She might even rank in the top five funnest Hudlies. We only say ‘might’ because there’s never been an actual vote. We’ll get on that ASAP.

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On Saturday, November 16, the Washington (Ill.) High School football team advanced to 12-0 after defeating University High School 41-7 in the state quarterfinals. Coaches and players were already looking ahead to the following Saturday, when they would travel to undefeated Sacred Heart Griffin. But less than 24 hours after the win, Washington County was struck by an EF-4 tornado that destroyed more than 1,400 homes, took several lives, and injured dozens.

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With many teams already through the first few weeks of the season, we thought now would be a good time to make sure our basketball coaches are ready to roll for 2013-2014. Below is a list of some helpful tips to get prepared for this year, along with some of the more common support questions we’ve seen so far this season. Check them out.

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Brett Kunz has been around for quite some time. He started in support in 2009, and there’s not much he hasn’t done. In fact, there’s a chance he’ll end up doing some things a second time. But he’s good at said things, so it’s fine. We just want him to stick around because karaoke wouldn’t be the same without him.

Name a tune and he’ll crush it - sometimes without ever looking at the lyrics. You could say it’s his superpower.

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Since the launch of Hudl Campaigns earlier this year, hundreds of teams have taken advantage of the chance to create their own page to appeal to parents and fans. Success spanned across all levels and sports, and most teams have earned enough to pay for their Hudl subscription and then some.

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As football season continues to wind down and basketball season starts to pick up, our phone call and email numbers are still dropping, which is awesome. It means that while more teams are adopting Hudl, our software updates and push in tutorial, training session and social media usage are making our coaches smarter – so we just aren’t needed as often. Let’s take a look at some November stats.

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