A Coach’s Guide to Assist Offensive Data

With offensive formation done by Assist, football coaches can reinvest their time to run new reports and add often overlooked columns.

A Coach’s Guide to Assist Offensive Data

With offensive formation done by Assist, football coaches can reinvest their time to run new reports and add often overlooked columns.

Being prepared means you’re not surprised by anything. As a coach, that’s what you hope for–a game not determined by surprise, but by the team who executes their game plan best.

Hudl Assist lets you reinvest the time spent on breakdowns into preparing for your opponents. We took it up a notch this year with the addition of offensive formation in the breakdowns you’ll receive. With the information returned from Assist, as well as additional information your staff can enter, it’ll feel like you’re reading your opponent’s mind.

Offensive Formation

The offensive formation column is the key to preparing for an upcoming opponent. It unlocks the potential for every report in Hudl. From tendency reports that automatically generate to the custom reports you can run in the library, offensive formation will give you the information to gain deeper insight into your upcoming opponents.

How it works.

When you submit your games to our analysts, they’ll draw the formations and return those to you. When you have a formation drawing that hasn’t been named, you’ll see a prompt in your library to name them. Once a formation has been named, that information will be saved in the team settings for future breakdowns.

As the season progresses, you can edit the names of your formations. Go into your team settings to manage the breakdown data and update any formations you’ve entered. This helpful if you update your team’s terminology as the season goes on or if you want to change the names of an opponent’s formations from game to game.

Put in the work early, make it easier later.

Because your formation names save on Hudl, you’ll need to enter fewer and fewer formations as the season progresses. Obviously, the first week will have the most formations to name. But the workload will significantly decrease as the season continues. You and your staff will save a significant amount of time compared to manually entering the formations for every play week after week.

Formation Reports

With diagrammed offensive formations, you can use Hudl reports to dig even deeper into your opponents’ tendencies. Plus, by not adding them manually, you can use the time saved to fill in other breakdown columns and create more in-depth reports for your team.

Easily access insights with default reports.

Hudl has several default reports in the library to benefit your team. The summary report returns a run/pass breakdown, as well as the most popular formations your opponent runs. This insight gives you a step up in preparation for your opponent.

The “what’s next” report uses breakdown data to predict what formation and play a team will run in certain situations. After a pass for a first down, what formation and play does your opponent typically run? This report tells you the play type, the formation and the play itself. Be ready for any situation thanks to the data and reports from Hudl Assist.

The field zone report is a visual tool for coaches and players to see what formation teams run based on where they’re at on the field. The information the report is based on will already be entered, thanks to Assist. All you need to do is run it.

Find what you want with custom reports.

What if you want to dig deeper into some stats that aren’t included in default Hudl reports? That’s where custom reports come in. Combine the data that matters to you and your team to uncover the insights that’ll help you prepare for your opponents. Want to see motion by down based on your team’s offensive formations? Create a custom report in your library so your defense can be prepared for any shifts a team might use on game day.

Be specific to get more information.

Our analysts fill out 14 columns of data for every game you submit to us. That frees up time to spend Saturdays with your family or just get away for a day to recharge your batteries. It also gives you time to use columns that have been overlooked in the past.

Backfield and offensive strength (OFF STR) are often overlooked columns. But that data can help prepare for an upcoming opponent. Run custom reports with backfield and strength to give your team a leg up in scouting, and during the week at practice. For example, your reports could show your upcoming opponent in a second-and-five situation. They then run the ball out of the I-formation with an offset backfield and strength to the right. You can take that knowledge to the practice field and prepare your players so when that second-and-five scenario comes on Friday, they’ll know exactly what to do.

Recommended custom report: OFF FORM + PLAY TYPE + OFF STRBACKFIELD

Fill out the passing zone or run gaps to see in-depth information about where teams tend to go in certain formations. A team may constantly pass to a certain zone in one formation, or run to a specific gap in another. If you know those tendencies, you have another leg up in your preparation.

Recommended custom report: DN + DIST + Pass Zone

These columns are also great to self-scout. If your team has a noticeable pattern, sit down with your offensive coaches and players and figure out why it’s happening–then make adjustments going forward.

Even one additional column of data can open up a world of possibilities for you and your staff. The combination of custom reports and default reports takes the guesswork out of preparation. You won’t be surprised by anything a team throws at you on game day.

Don’t forget to check out the Hudl Forum to see how coaches across the country are using the data returned with Hudl Assist, or read up on our support resources to answer any other questions you might have.

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