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As school and sport schedules wind down in the spring and early summer, these next few weeks are the perfect time to create and launch a campaign - not just for your team, but the entire school. We’ve shown you how custom donation pages can help youth programs and winter sports, but Lee’s Summit High School in Missouri took their Hudl Campaigns game to a new level. They put their athletic and administrative resources to good use and chose to focus not on one sport, but a community.

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By the beginning of April, it should start to feel a lot like spring outside - at least for most of America. For those of us in Nebraska, not so much. Either way, spring has sprung and it’s time to revisit your Hudl account! Set aside some time to do a little cleaning and show some love with our top 10 tips on gearing up for the 2014-2015 season.

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As word about Hudl Campaigns continues to spread, numbers continue to grow. More teams are coming on board with campaigns of their own, thinking up new ways to raise more money than the teams before them. We mentioned how it helped a couple of youth teams back in December, but now it’s time to talk winter sports. With only five players participating in the campaign, one basketball team raised nearly $1,000; and a Missouri wrestling team with years of discount card experience has a new favorite way to fundraise.

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Campaign success stories are becoming more and more common as coaches understand the positive impact they can have on a program. The Conestoga girls’ basketball team showed us that it doesn’t always matter the size of the team or the number of athletes participating; the real key is setting clear goals for players to reach in an effort to help facilitate the process.

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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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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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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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This time of year, every year, we get a handful of calls from coaches concerned about keeping game film safe during the offseason. With each person’s login providing so much access to your team’s library, those concerns are perfectly understandable – especially as players’ careers come to an end and their Hudl responsibilities change.

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Updates to our mobile apps are usually sporadic, and typically apply to only iOS or Android, not both. But this week is different. This week is monumental. This week, we have multiple updates for both iOS and Android devices. We took a look at all of the feedback we received from coaches and players, and made sure everyone got a little something out of our latest releases.

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Listen, we know coaches and players love watching film and preparing for next week the second the clock hits zero, but there’s another group that also loves to check out their performance. We’re talking about you, officials. We haven’t forgotten about you and we know the best way for you to take advantage of Hudl, and keep you and the crew on top of your game.

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We all love the cloud that Hudl offers, but it gets tricky when game film is the only category with unlimited storage. So every season we’re left with the task of managing the space consumed by other playlists. Fortunately, there are a few different ways to deal with that never ending storage dilemma.

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To continue the “Coach Swap” trips this fall, three of us Hudlies made the trek to Fridley, Minn. to visit Totino-Grace High School located just outside of Minneapolis. Little did we know we’d be visiting one of the top teams in the state, as well as some of the best Hudl users we’ve come across. By the end of the trip, we considered the staff at Totino-Grace Hudl experts when it came to utilizing all features.

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We’ve made Hudl Playbook available to more than 800 teams through the beta program and couldn’t be more excited. While we hope our coaches are just as thrilled to get started, we want to make sure they’re getting the most out of the new feature.

We talked to some of the guys behind Playbook, as well as one of the first coaches to work with it, to provide a little insight on how to change up the Playbook routine to fit your team’s specific needs.

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High school football stat-keeping has come a long way over the last few years. Previously, a member of the coaching staff kept game stats in a notebook. That poor guy would be up in the box every Friday night, intensely focusing on jersey numbers as the players ran around executing the plays called out from the sidelines. Who did what? Where? And who helped?

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Basketball season is just around the corner and we’re as excited as these guys as we embark on our first ever basketball-focused Hudl Up Tour. Last night, we saw 40 coaches in St. Louis, and will continue the first half of our six-stop tour with Indianapolis and Columbus later this week.

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One of the ways we’ve used Hudl this year is by quizzing our players as they watch tape on their own time. For example, the defensive backs need to be able to check in to different coverages based on the offense’s formation and personnel. So we make sure our players are mentally prepared by creating questions in the video’s notes.

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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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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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Hudl Campaigns are officially out of beta and available to everyone. They’re almost too easy to put into words: You answer a few questions about your team and its mission, we do the heavy lifting by building a customized page, and your players spread the word through email and social media.

Five minutes of work and a couple clicks of the mouse can earn you and your team thousands of dollars.

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In the midst of all this Playbook talk, defensive coaches might be feeling a little left out. But that shouldn’t be the case, because you’ve had the joy of creating Practice Scripts for over a year now! We understand the appeal of shiny new toys, which is why we created the Magic Script.

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You have plenty of things to worry about during the season: injuries, starters, who is and isn’t watching Hudl every night. You don’t have time to worry about other stuff, like when and where you’ll meet every other coach to exchange film. That’s why league pools exist – to save your coaching staff time every week and allow you to worry about everything else.

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As a football coach, you have a thing for stats. You don’t have to admit it, but we know it’s there. Even if they don’t play a huge role in your weekly routine, you have to look at a few of those bad boys regularly.

It could be in an effort to target your opponent’s tendencies, or figure out where your own players excel and fall short. Whatever the reason, you need statistics, and Tag a Game exists to make compiling them a heck of a lot easier.

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Are you ready for some football? We sure are. The season is right around the corner and we’re starting to prepare for it just like all of our coaches. We know that your time is limited and that a computer issue is the last thing you need when you’re trying to upload your video on a game night.

We want to make sure that your computer runs as smoothly as possible this season, so you can dominate those video uploads. Here’s what we recommend you do:

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Hudl Up Tour 2013 is in the books and we like to think it had a pretty good run. Based on the feedback we’re getting from coaches, one of the most popular sessions was our Ideal Friday Night Workflow. We want you to make the most of your time with Hudl - especially on those days where you want to get home as quickly as possible - so check out the steps below and get used to an earlier Friday night bedtime.

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As a high school teacher and football coach, the old adage is “football doesn’t pay the bills”. People who utter these words aren’t aware of the amount of time, effort and shoe leather that goes into running a successful program.

Think of the program as a car: You can do the bare minimum and change the oil twice a year, wash at the end of the winter, etc. Your car runs, but are you getting the most performance out of your machine? Compare that to the person who washes and details their vehicle regularly, keeps the tires properly inflated and rotated, and gets all scheduled maintenance done on time regardless of cost and inconvenience. The later description is often called a “car guy” and, for the purposes of this discussion, the equivalent to a high school football coach.

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In November 2012, the Northeast was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Most schools were closed for at least a week, if not more. Our school was dismissed for a week due to the amount of destruction in our town and how unsafe the area was post-Sandy. Not to mention we didn’t have power at the high school for five days. We downloaded cut-ups and game film to our iPads, iPhones, Androids, any device we could to stay ahead of the curve, knowing we were going to lose power and internet. We shared what we wanted our kids to download and sent out a Hudl message telling them what to download.

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National Signing Day is a great time to congratulate the Class of 2013 on excellent high school careers and wish them well in playing at the next level.

It’s also the perfect reminder that the classes of 2014 and 2015 don’t have long before they’re the ones at the podium, announcing their school of choice.

Whether you’ve already started the recruiting process or you have yet to give it any thought, take a look at some tips we collected from college coaches across the country.

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It’s just the beginning of basketball season and we’ve already heard from plenty of basketball coaches. Check out the answers to some common questions we’re hearing and be sure to sign up for one of our free online basketball training sessions:

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We are always excited to see what great accomplishments teams have had over the year, and the best way to share that is through highlights.

Hudl’s highlight tools can be used to make great banquet videos. Here are some tips to get you started. Soon you’ll be making highlight reels that will make SportsCenter jealous.

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The more prepared you and your film crew are before you begin filming practice or a game, the better your video will be. Preparation, regardless of the level of football you play, will keep things running smoothly. I’ve found that when I’m properly prepared and have prepped my film crew, they take more pride in the video they’re capturing and the job they have to do.

You may have other ways you get your film crew prepped and ready but this is what I’ve found works best for us.

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Your video is a powerful tool. You cut, dissect, and analyze it to help your team get better during the season. It can also be a very powerful tool to tell the story of your team at your end-of-year banquet.

Footage of your athletes celebrating or getting pumped up before a game may not add much to your tendency reports, but is worth keeping around for awesome highlight videos. Here’s how you can use Hudl to store those snippets of goodness to pull out at the end of the season.

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In order for us to constantly improve as a team, we work to constantly improve our equipment. Adding a practice camera into the mix has been great. We get a better angle than a handheld camera or tripod mounted unit gives us, and adding the angle into film reviews is another way to reinforce what we’re teaching our athletes.

Coaches are constantly evolving the build for the PracticeCam—trying to make it more efficient and keep it affordable. Take a look at what we use and recommend, and let me know if you have ways we can improve. If you build your own, be sure to send pictures and let me know how you made it work.

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We’re always looking for tools to take our program to the next level. Last year we started incorporating the GoPro camera into spring and summer practices and our 7 on 7 tournaments and it’s had a huge impact. It’s become an invaluable teaching tool for us.

The GoPro camera is lightweight and not intrusive, so it doesn’t interfere with what we’re trying to do. It gives us a glimpse into what the athlete is thinking when he’s out there, and when we’re done, we come away with a comprehensive video that lets us know where we need to work.

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Coaches are constantly looking for new ways to keep their athletes focused through the week. Using video to scout your opponent is a great way to prepare them, but it’s also great to have a way to supplement your film study. One of our field reps, Frank Steele, uses a website called ProProfs to create free online quizzes to test his players’ knowledge of formations and develop the ability to quickly recognize them.

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We held our last Hudl Bootcamps at Glazier clinics this past weekend. We were overwhelmed by the response from coaches this year. It was awesome to see so many of you come out to learn how to coach smarter with Hudl.

Thanks for making our Hudl Bootcamps a success this season. For those coaches who couldn’t make it to a session, or requested more information, here are the links for you to view the presentations at home:

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When we started using Hudl three years ago, we were focused on both learning the basics and also diving in deeper to use the software to its full potential.

What we found was that not only does it meet our needs as a video analysis tool but also the solution to another common problem that we, as well as other coaches, were facing:

How can I use Hudl to grade my players practice or game performance?

This problem is easily solved using Hudl’s custom columns and views options. Here is a quick step-by-step introduction on how we used it as a staff to grade our players last year.

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I recently did an informal experiment with my athletes. I had them wear a Nike+ Sportswatch GPS during games to see how far they were running. What I found was that they were running upwards of six miles per game. If you consider we play 2-3 games per week from December to late March, our athletes are racking up marathon-type weekly distance. This doesn’t include practice and off-season workouts.

Excessive volume during the season will begin to cause issues if proper steps aren’t taken. Here are some ways to avoid burnout and injury:

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We were excited about the great turnout for Hudl Highlight Training 101 last Thursday. Athletes, parents, and coaches all came with great questions.

There are more sessions this week and next week, hosted by the Hudl experts. Sign up for a live session or download the video from last week’s session:

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You may be done with regular season games, but now that doesn’t mean your work is done. There are highlight videos to be made and athletes to get recruited. Hop on one of our free training sessions where one of the Hudl experts will walk you through using Hudl highlights from staring your first highlight to ordering a DVD.

Register for one of our Tuesday or Thursday sessions:

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Although the season is almost over, there is work still to be done. It is now time to work on creating highlight reels and getting recruited!

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about Highlights:

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Although the season is almost over, there is work still to be done. It is now time to work on creating highlight reels and getting athletes recruited!

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about Highlights and Recruiting Packages from coaches:

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Now that Hudl supports the DSV Commando remote, choosing the right remote for your program may be a bit overwhelming. We’ve compiled a list of all the remotes that work with Hudl as well as their advantages and disadvantages. Take a look and see what would be best for your program this season.

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Lately I have noticed a trend with our coaches. Many of them want to know how to capture a still frame of their formations and print playcards from reports. We have the perfect solution and it just happens to include one of my favorite tools.

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It’s Saturday morning after Friday night’s game and you’ve just walked into the classroom to start the team’s hour long film session. You pull up your video only to realize that the film is choppy, part of the game is missing due to your volunteer videographer’s short attention span and the camera died midway so you don’t have any of 4th quarter.

There are two ways to watch a sporting event. One, as a fan/spectator. Two, as a real videographer. An assistant coach once told me “I focus so closely on filming the entire game correctly; I don’t even know what the score is at half time.” Let’s learn how to do this filming thing right.

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It’s clear we are in the heat of the football season: Tailgates are setting up in parking lots around the country, diehards are managing their fantasy teams in their free time, and Hudl.com is seeing record usage! With more people watching video on Hudl.com than ever before, we’re getting more questions about Hudl. We wanted to put all these questions in one place for your convenience.

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The economy isn’t great right now so you may be struggling to fundraise those final dollars to get you through the season. If you get creative, there are plenty of options outside of cookie dough and loyalty cards (although those can be big hitters).

If you’re still looking for that one great idea to help your booster club bring home the bacon, here are some ideas. We asked around and came up with ten unique fundraising ideas to help you cover everything from your shoulder pads to your Hudl subscription and still have some dough left over.

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This is part three in my series on shortcuts and features that many of our users might not know about, but can save them some serious time in Hudl (check out part one and part two). Read on to learn more about a few keyboard shortcuts that can save you time and help you get the most out of your Hudl view.

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Mike Aveni is the assistant football coach at Silver Lake High School in Kingston, Mass. Coach Aveni has spent many years coaching football and is extremely familiar with the work that comes along with breaking down game film.

Whether you are a seasoned veteran or you’ve never analyzed a game before – you can’t truly appreciate the work it takes to break down a game play-by-play until you’ve stayed up ‘til 3 a.m. doing it yourself. It’s no easy feat. In this post, I’ll lay out the steps we use to make game breakdown a lot easier and faster. In a matter of 30 minutes of shared time amongst four coaches, your data is entered on every play and you are ready to meet as a staff and game plan.

Here is exactly how I divide up our coaching staff to enter data on Hudl.com for both our own game film and when scouting opponents. It’s no longer dumped on the coach with the best computer skills which means no more 3 a.m. nights for me.

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Mike Johnson is the d-line coach and video coordinator at Lakeville North High School in Lakeville, MN. He’s been sharing these step-by-step instructions to coaches around the country who have some DIY skills and are looking for an affordable, top-notch end zone camera system. The plans are free - all he asks for in return is pictures of your final product and tips on how to make the plans even better. We love it!

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Between my work at the University of Nebraska as a student assistant and as an assistant coach for a local high school in Lincoln - I’ve spent many hours pouring over film. I have my own style of analyzing video, but I was interested to find out what you look at during your film sessions.

I took a poll of our Hudl coaches to find the top ten things to focus on when studying film.

Survey says:

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We spend a lot of time talking with coaches about things that we could improve with their coaching lives. One of the things we heard over and over was that the remotes used to control video right now are too expensive (meaning it is a luxury to have one or two) and they break easily (meaning even if you were fortunate enough to have one, you no longer do). It didn’t make sense to us that after you spent thousands of dollars on an editing system that you also had to spend hundreds on each remote to control it, so when we created Hudl, not only did we want to make sure we designed a cost effective video editing solution, but we made sure that we found a remote that was both affordable and reliable.

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