Hudl Assist: The Video Junkie’s Solu­tion to Busy Work

Wish you had more time to dive deep­er into game video? Enter Assist, which pro­duced major results for one North Car­oli­na coach.

Hudl Assist: The Video Junkie’s Solu­tion to Busy Work

Wish you had more time to dive deep­er into game video? Enter Assist, which pro­duced major results for one North Car­oli­na coach.

As they stud­ied the scout video for their upcom­ing East Region­al Cham­pi­onship against Scot­land Coun­ty last Decem­ber, the Cape Fear High School (Fayet­teville, N.C.) foot­ball coach­es noticed a few small but ulti­mate­ly very mean­ing­ful ten­den­cies. They were the kind of insights that become the pil­lars of a game plan.

Every time Scot­land Coun­ty used motion, they ran the ball. They passed the ball on just eight per­cent of first-and-10 plays. And on third-and-one, Scot­land Coun­ty ran the ball every sin­gle time. This data allowed the coach­es to craft a game plan that swal­lowed up the oppos­ing offense en route to a 27 – 7 victory.

The staff deserves all the cred­it for notic­ing Scot­land County’s tells”, but assis­tant coach Ryan Grates gave a hat tip to Hudl Assist. Because Cape Fear had Hudl’s team of ana­lysts break down the scout­ing video, the coach­es were freed to spend more time with the video and data to unearth Scot­land County’s tendencies.

In the East region­al cham­pi­onship, Hudl Assist was huge with putting togeth­er a game plan for our oppo­nent,” Grates said. Our defense almost knew what they were run­ning before they ran it because of all the ten­den­cies we got from it.”

For a video junkie like Grates, Assist serves as the per­fect side­kick. Instead of using his time to label the video, Grates can now watch with a more crit­i­cal eye.

And for a coach who claims he only sleeps for three or four hours on the week­ends because he’s so invest­ed in the video, any addi­tion­al time back is a god­send. Assist great­ly accel­er­at­ed Cape Fear’s scout­ing process last year — Grates typ­i­cal­ly start­ed watch­ing bro­ken-down oppo­nent video Sat­ur­day afternoon.

It takes a whole step out of my break­down process. Before, the first thing I would do is ODK it and down and dis­tance,” Grates said. That’s just time-con­sum­ing. When it’s done for you, I can now go in and look at cer­tain things. What’s their red-zone defense look like? How much do they blitz on third down? Do they run to the short side of the field more often? You’re find­ing ten­den­cies instead of label­ing the film.”

And if any coach­es have con­cerns about pre­sent­ing an Assist pro­pos­al to their ath­let­ic direc­tor, Grates is quick to assuage those fears.

First I’d point out that all my oppo­nents are using it and it’s giv­ing them a leg up on us,” he said. They’re able to focus their time else­where while we’re doing these repet­i­tive tasks of label­ing film. It frees us up to do more advanced things with the team instead of label­ing every sin­gle thing.”

What are you wait­ing for? Check out how big of a time saver Assist tru­ly is.