How Attack Ten­den­cies Can Help Every Kind of Coach 

See how our newest report for vol­ley­ball teams can help you teach, scout, plan and ana­lyze more effectively.

How Attack Ten­den­cies Can Help Every Kind of Coach 

See how our newest report for vol­ley­ball teams can help you teach, scout, plan and ana­lyze more effectively.

You may have heard about our new attack ten­den­cies report for vol­ley­ball teams on a Sil­ver sub­scrip­tion or high­er. This report unlocks a deep­er under­stand­ing of your team and your oppo­nents to give you con­fi­dence come game time.

Whether you tag match­es your­self, or you let Hudl Assist han­dle the stats, this report will help you see what’s hap­pen­ing below the sur­face. But we know every coach is dif­fer­ent. Here’s how you can use attack ten­den­cies, no mat­ter what kind of coach you are.

You coach because you’re pas­sion­ate about help­ing your ath­letes get bet­ter. The wins are great, but what lights your fire is see­ing play­ers improve. Con­sid­er attack ten­den­cies the newest acces­so­ry on your coach­ing toolbelt.

Maybe you have an out­side whose attack per­cent­age is low­er than you’d like. They have a sol­id swing with some pow­er behind it, but the ball just isn’t find­ing the floor. With attack ten­den­cies, you can sit down with them and review their attacks. If you notice the play­er tends to attack left back — which isn’t great because most of your oppo­nents put their libero there — you can work on thumb up shots dur­ing your next prac­tice so the ball falls deep line. 

With the speed of the game, it’s easy for you (and your coach­ing staff) to miss this. You might catch on by watch­ing video, but that takes time. And look­ing at stats is great, but it’s not going to give you the full pic­ture. That’s where attack ten­den­cies come in. You see the what, where and why behind every swing and in turn, you can help your ath­letes improve their game and become greater offen­sive threats.

You’re bought into the val­ue of video and record your match­es from time to time. But data is a lit­tle scari­er and, if we’re being hon­est, the word ana­lyt­ics” makes your blood pres­sure rise. Let’s go over some of the basics of an attack ten­den­cies report, and you can decide if it’s too advanced for your team (hint: it’s not).

Begin by look­ing at your team’s attacks. You can find exact­ly what you’re look­ing for by fil­ter­ing by match, set, team or play­er — and now you can also fil­ter by spe­cif­ic rota­tion, result or phase (first ball or tran­si­tion) with this new report. 

You know your team strug­gles to side out in rota­tion five. Fil­ter by that rota­tion and first ball to see what’s work­ing and what’s not. Are you out-of-sys­tem too much in serve receive? Is your set­ter not spread­ing the ball enough? Cre­ate a prac­tice plan based on those insights so your team can cel­e­brate more first-ball kills. 

You don’t let your team play in a match they’re not pre­pared for. You spend count­less hours watch­ing scout film and plan­ning your prac­tices around what you find. Good news — the attack ten­den­cies report will make this part of your job eas­i­er than ever.

You have your biggest match of the year com­ing up. It’s at home, against your rival who beat you in five sets the first time you played them this sea­son. To get a win, you’ll need to be pre­pared offen­sive­ly and defen­sive­ly. Their middle’s .400 attack per­cent­age catch­es your atten­tion right away, so you dive into each swing. You notice their attacks are most often falling in the deep cor­ners of the court, so you might switch to a rota­tion­al defense when they’re front row. You might even triple block the mid­dle and be less con­cerned with what the pin hit­ters could do with­out a block. 

No mat­ter what you decide, this new report will make learn­ing your oppo­nents’ ten­den­cies eas­i­er than ever. With the per­fect scout­ing and prac­tice plan in place, your team will be ready for the big match.

You love num­bers so much, div­ing into your reports on Hudl is basi­cal­ly your favorite hob­by. But a num­ber only tells part of the sto­ry. Attack ten­den­cies will change your view, so you can change your understanding.

Say you’re wor­ried about the out­side on the team you’re play­ing next week, so you dive into your stats report and click on #14’s attacks. You see the video clips that show all of those swings, but your oppo­nent record­ed from a side angle, so it’s hard to tell where the attacks are land­ing and where the hit­ter is tak­ing off from. 

Have no fear, the attack ten­den­cies report is here. See the start and end loca­tion of every attack so you can plan your defense accord­ing­ly. Notice most of the sets aren’t get­ting all the way to the pin? Bring your right side and mid­dle block­er in a cou­ple of steps and chal­lenge the attack­er to go line — you’ll have a defend­er there anyway. 

TL;DR: the pos­si­bil­i­ties for using attack ten­den­cies are end­less. We’re excit­ed to see how this report will help club, high school and small col­lege coach­es and ath­letes improve, win, teach, plan and scout.