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Get a Jump on Next Week’s Scouting with This Valuable Time-Saver

One California coaching veteran was surprised at how much earlier he could get started on next week’s game plan thanks to Assist.

There isn’t much about high school football that surprises Tim Salter of Upland High School (Calif.) anymore. He’s entering his 28th season as a head coach, including 25 at Upland’s helm, and has amassed more than 200 career victories.

But even Salter had a pleasant revelation last season when he started using Hudl Assist. Instead of using time on data entry, he and his assistants were able to immediately start scouting next week’s opponent on Saturday afternoon.

Getting a jump start on the week freed up Sunday morning for the staff. The coaches previously started working around 10 a.m. on Sundays, but Assist pushed that to about 3 p.m. last season.

“Everybody loved the fact that on Sunday morning they could go to church, hang with their families, all that stuff,” Salter said. “Their Saturday was more productive because they weren’t doing the data entry on Saturday. It’s making our Saturdays so much more productive. Instead of doing data entry on Saturday, now we’re analyzing. That created free time on Sunday morning.”

Prior to implementing Assist, Upland’s staff would typically start breaking down the next week’s video Saturday afternoon after reviewing the previous night’s game with the players. But with all that information already at their fingertips, the process was greatly accelerated.

Now the coaches could dive even deeper and uncover insights they might have missed previously.

“Because we had saved so much time, we started using the video to show our players' hashmark tendencies, tendencies based on formation, whether it was run or pass,” Salter said. “We were able to just organize the information so much better for the kids. Our reports that we created because of Hudl Assist really made the film sessions with our players a lot more meaningful.”

One example comes from Upland’s victory over Etiwanda last fall. The Upland coaches noticed one outside linebacker tended to be over aggressive when he thought a run was coming his way, especially near the goal line, and could lose contain. Upland took advantage by running a reverse at the goal line, something the coaches would normally never call, to score an early touchdown.

“The information we got back, just having that data broken down for us, saved us so much time that we were able to work on reports,” Salter said. “All we were doing really was tagging the names of plays. It’s saving us hours and hours and hours a week. That then led to much more productive time analyzing the field in different directions.”

Saving time and getting more meaningful reports – who would say no to that? See how Assist can help you this season.