Thursday, November 1, 2012

Let's Hudl Up!

In today’s society, communication has moved from a personal, face-to-face interaction to electronic forms of communication by way of mobile phones, computers and other wireless devices. This has transformed our society into an instant “I need it right now” society. Social media comes with its positives and negative. The social media site that will have a positive impact on my career and profession is Hudl.
Hudl, a lifeline for coaches at all levels, was started by a group of guys who were astonished that in today’s age of information and technology there was so much time and effort spent dubbing DVDs, recording/editing film and creating massive  playbooks for their players. So they created a network that would make things easier for everyone. How will Hudl impact me? Coaches can login to Hudl from anywhere. The site allows coaches to breakdown film and stats, give analysis on the actual film which they can share directly with their athletes, create tendency reports, or simply package a highlight film. That’s a major advantage for coaches and athletes in game planning from week to week.
Prior to Hudl, coach and athletes would have to meet before school, maybe during lunch, before practice and after practice just to watch film. Now those times can be reduced since players have access to film study from home or anywhere as long as there is internet access. Coaches no longer have to mail or meet their next opponent at the half-way point just to exchange game film; with one click of a button coaches can upload the game film directly to their opponent through Hudl. Instead of creating several DVD’s to send to hundreds of colleges during the recruiting process, now time and effort is saved by one site.  These are only a few examples and benefits of Hudl.  In the world of coaching, time management is everything; Hudl allows the coaches to productively use their time. The simplicity and effectiveness of the Hudl social network has just begun to scratch the surface of the sports world as coaches realize the potential for improving their profession.

5 comments:

  1. You are right about Hudl it has revolutionized the way coaches communicate with their athletes and has made it easier to recruit. I know for me personally I call a coach and get a prospect list then I can get on Google and search for the school or athlete and watch their highlight film. Like you said in the past a recruiter would have to would have to wait for the coach to send the highlight film through the mail or UPS and maybe they would get it and maybe not. Now coaches don’t have to worry about storing DVDs and trying to find them in a stack of well over 1000 when trying to find a player. Hudl has cut down on the time that it takes for a recruiter to do their job and allows them to look at more athletes in a smaller amount of time.

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  2. I agree that we do live in an era of instant gratification and social media has been a staple tool to be able to get information instantly. I have never heard of “Hudle” but will be utilizing it to gain new insights on coaching perspectives and philosophies. I also will say time is of the essence when it comes to training and our athletes need to be up to speed quick. Our athletes are masters of multi-tasking (or at least should be) juggling academics, athletics, jobs, and any other extracurricular activities and it is imperative that we as coaches stay organized and work efficiently. Therefore, using a site such as this one could help save more time and stay more structured to help our athletes and ourselves be the best.

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  3. It is amazing to me how fast Hudl has grown and developed into what it currently is. I am interested to see how Hudl and variations of this social media will continue to grow in the future. I recently sat down with a head coach of 1A football program that is by no means a powerhouse program of Texas football. This school has already had Hudl for two years and are very active in trading and breaking down video in the same ways that the elite football programs are doing all over the state. Very cool.

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  4. I remember when I was playing sports in high school, my coaches had to meet up with other coaches and exchange videocassettes in order to scout each other teams. It’s amazing how only a few years’ later coaches can go to Hudl to view game film on upcoming opponents by one click of a bottom from a computer or phone. I’m very impress with this new development of scouting teams and the other benefits that Hudl contribute to the coaching world. The person who came up with the idea to create Hudl is a genius and I know coaches everywhere is please with their discovery. I can’t wait to use Hudl whenever I coach.

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  5. I agree with what you’re saying. A few of my friends and I were just having a conversation about Hudl and how it revolutionized the recruiting process. We all spoke about how we hated making highlight films. From the countless hours watching and breaking down game tape to the money spent sending them off to different universities. Hudl just reduces the time and takes away all the hassle.  I honestly cant believe how simple it is now; it’s truly amazing. We even spoke on how coaches can even access Hudl on smart phones. With Hudl coaches can pull up film of any team or any player with a click of a button. That is truly remarkable. 

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