Time is an important and fleeting resource for every coach, especially Erin Mankin.
The newly-appointed women’s head coach at Nebraska Christian High School, Mankin is the mother of four children. Her top assistant is a youth pastor with little free time, and her team shares the practice gym with the boys’ squad, meaning they get just about an hour and a half of court time each day.
All those factors haven’t held the Eagles back. Nebraska Christian posted an 18-5 record last season, but this year it added a new weapon to its arsenal. Hudl has gifted Mankin back valuable time to help her team get off to another strong start.
As long as Mankin has a computer, phone or tablet, she has 24/7 access to Hudl, allowing any small chunk of free time to be maximized.
“I’ve got four little kids at home. For me, it’s huge,” Mankin said. “I can’t be at school all day looking through film. I’m not going to take away from my family.”
“It’s great to be able to use on the computer at home when my kids are napping. I have 30 minutes to be able to do something and I can’t use that 30 minutes to go get a film from somebody. But if it’s at my fingertips, I can do it.”
Hudl has also allowed Nebraska Christian’s players to study more on their own time. Some of the time previously used at practice for scouting and self-assessment can now be redistributed to other areas of improvement.
Mankin can easily create tailored playlists for her athletes with comments and drawings to hammer home the most important points.
“Time is huge for us. We don’t have a lot of it,” Mankin said. “The players can watch themselves. We can tell them, ‘You’re playing too high. You’re playing too high.’ But they don’t really understand until they watch themselves and they’re like, ‘Oh, I thought I was working a lot harder!’ One of my girls was watching the film and said, ‘I look terrible!’”
Mankin also contends that players today are visual learners. While verbal instructions are clearly important, today’s athletes, who are constantly looking at cell phones, computer screens or tablets, learn more quickly by seeing what is being taught.
“It’s one thing for them to hear something, but when they hear something and then they see it and then they go to practice and work on it, it’s huge,” Mankin said. “I told the players, ‘Now you see it. You see what they’re going to do. Now we’re going to go into the gym and we’re going to show you how to defend that.’ That’s been really great. Kids are visual learners and it helps us nail down what we’re trying to do.”
Hudl has given Mankin back valuable time while allowing her to teach her players more effectively. Want to see what Hudl can do for your team? Click here.