Hudl Assist Helps Lacrosse Staff Quickly Uncover Team Deficiencies

In-depth reports pro­vid­ed by Hudl Assist accel­er­at­ed team devel­op­ment and spurred Virginia Episcopal School’s state cham­pi­onship run.

Hudl Assist Helps Lacrosse Staff Quickly Uncover Team Deficiencies

In-depth reports pro­vid­ed by Hudl Assist accel­er­at­ed team devel­op­ment and spurred Virginia Episcopal School’s state cham­pi­onship run.

Winning a state title is on every team’s list of sea­son goals. Yes, improv­ing skills, devel­op­ing as a team and forg­ing bonds that last a life­time are impor­tant, but that state title is icing on the cake.

For Michael Gardiner, head boys lacrosse coach at Virginia Episcopal School, rais­ing the state title ban­ner is not only an hon­or, but the cul­mi­na­tion of the work required to be in a posi­tion to win a championship.

Virginia Episcopal School used Hudl Assist, and was able to use the time saved typ­i­cal­ly search­ing for clips to devel­op qual­i­ty film study ses­sions. It allowed us all, with lim­it­ed time, lim­it­ed atten­tion spans, includ­ing my own, to effi­cient­ly review every­thing quick­ly,” Gardiner said.

It was real­ly effi­cient, it took me no time and it was great to have that on days that I didn’t have time to go through it myself. I could put the com­put­er in front of the guys and just say we’re going to go over the goals against us and see what happens.” Mike Gardiner, head boys lacrosse coach at Virginia Episcopal High School

With games returned with­in 24 hours, Gardiner was able to review the video with stats attached the next morn­ing and cre­ate playlists to review with his play­ers that after­noon. I had time before work start­ed to go through it and pick out the plays that I liked,” Gardiner said. Or the ones I want to go over with the kids in the after­noon because it was all teed up already.”

It didn’t take long for Gardiner’s play­ers to catch on. After the going through their coach’s rou­tine a few times, play­ers began to under­stand the expec­ta­tions and felt con­fi­dent in speak­ing up. We had guys rais­ing their hands right away and talk­ing and say­ing, Coach, can you rewind that?’ or, Look over here on the left,’” Gardiner recalled. We wouldn’t have been able to do that with­out hav­ing this all done ahead of time.”

With more free time and stream­lined film ses­sions, Gardiner and his staff focused on devel­op­ing and improv­ing the team. With the film tagged by Assist, they were able to fil­ter through their games eas­i­ly and iden­ti­fied two areas they want­ed to focus on: face-offs and goals against.

Because Gardiner could fil­ter to each face-off with one click, he was able to spend the time nor­mal­ly used search­ing for each face-off on spe­cif­ic tech­niques used by his play­ers. We just had to open the game, click face-offs and we were auto­mat­i­cal­ly look­ing at every sin­gle one,” Gardiner said. And then we were stop­ping it, paus­ing it and talk­ing about where their hands were rel­a­tive to the oth­er guy.”

Gardiner was also able to also show his face-off play­ers it wasn’t enough to get the ball, they had to get it to their team­mate. It helped the guys devel­op a lit­tle more, espe­cial­ly with patience,” he said. To see on the film they’re so fix­at­ed on the ball, stop look­ing at that and see where their wings were going.”

For his defense, Gardiner was able to cre­ate playlists and share the video with his play­ers. You could move those clips to a playlist, and then cre­ate a group of the guys I want to look at it and I just pushed that out to the group and say Please review this before prac­tice,’” Gardiner said. To hold them account­able, he would add quizzes to make sure they did their part.

That ded­i­ca­tion and improve­ment drove the team to earn the one seed in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association state tour­na­ment. With the aid of Assist, Gardiner and his team were pre­pared for each game, includ­ing the state title match.

There are always jit­ters before a game of such mag­ni­tude, but with easy access to the nec­es­sary infor­ma­tion, Gardiner said his team was as pre­pared as they could have been.

We wouldn’t have been able to [review film] with­out hav­ing this all done ahead of time. We would have lost the time and the focus try­ing to find the spot in the tape or I would be exhaust­ed from all night stay­ing up and break­ing down tape.” Mike Gardiner, head boys lacrosse coach at Virginia Episcopal High School

It got us ready for that team. We went into that game pret­ty con­fi­dent, but just ner­vous because it’s the state cham­pi­onship,” Gardiner said. Being able to view tape and review things def­i­nite­ly helped out. And you saw that with run­ning a more suc­cess­ful offense, being more suc­cess­ful on the face offs and the wing play, and hon­est­ly doing a bet­ter job of get­ting in and out of the zone defense.”

After expe­ri­enc­ing all that Hudl and Hudl Assist has to offer, Gardiner won’t be chang­ing any time soon. The pre­vi­ous year we prob­a­bly spent about the same amount of time on tape, but it wasn’t near­ly as effec­tive as it was this year. I want to build on that,” he said.

Let Assist break down your games for you, and see the ben­e­fits that Hudl can bring to your team. As Gardiner put it, I told every­one here that this is some­thing I have to have next year.”