Hudl Sportscode is the Leading Edge of Video and Data Analysis for Field Hockey

Performance Analyst Chris Fry explains how video and data have helped back-to-back National Champion, the University of North Carolina, reach new heights.

Hudl Sportscode is the Leading Edge of Video and Data Analysis for Field Hockey

Performance Analyst Chris Fry explains how video and data have helped back-to-back National Champion, the University of North Carolina, reach new heights.

There is no sub­sti­tute for the effi­cient and effec­tive out­put of Hudl Sportscode. In a cham­pi­onship-cal­iber pro­gram like the University of North Carolina, the soft­ware helps Chris Fry keep his fin­ger on the pulse of the Tar Heels team.

Fry is cur­rent­ly in his fourth year with the USA Women’s National Team. In September 2019, he became the University of North Carolina Women’s Field Hockey team’s first-ever per­for­mance ana­lyst.

I over­see all aspects of the data and video needs of the pro­gram,” Fry said. Scouting oppo­nents, cod­ing dur­ing games, and after games. To indi­vid­ual work, train­ing and GPS data.”

The vast needs of the pro­gram required a skilled ana­lyst to adapt and inno­vate vital team process­es.

With almost a decade of pro­fes­sion­al expe­ri­ence in field hock­ey analy­sis, Chris Fry trusts Hudl Sportscode to dri­ve per­for­mance, max­i­mize his role, and con­nect his coach­ing staff.

His efforts helped the Tar Heels fin­ish the sea­son unde­feat­ed, secur­ing their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Division I nation­al cham­pi­onship.

Fry said the sport as a whole stays on the lead­ing edge of tech­nol­o­gy.

We’re quite lucky in field hock­ey, in terms of tech­nol­o­gy, we’re quite pro­gres­sive,” Fry said. It’s been a part of the game for a long time. So hav­ing that already estab­lished makes it eas­i­er for me.”

Field hock­ey is quick to lever­age new tech­nol­o­gy. The need for elite pro­grams to com­mu­ni­cate and exchange infor­ma­tion effec­tive­ly is done by uti­liz­ing tech­nol­o­gy cen­tered around speed and impact.

Fry has seen the results of deploy­ing these types of solu­tions on the field and observed bet­ter lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion for core staff mem­bers occur­ring before, dur­ing and after games. Output reports help him main­tain com­mu­ni­ca­tion by deliv­er­ing time­ly video and data

I can make the report win­dows so it’s eas­i­er for the coach to watch the game instead of click­ing lots of rows in the time­line or the matrix,” he said. 

Sportscode has been the world’s lead­ing analy­sis solu­tion for years. But Fry says hav­ing data isn’t enough. Making the data action­able, and pre­sent­ing it at the cru­cial moments, has set his teams apart.

Fry push­es him­self as an ana­lyst to have an impact on every part of team per­for­mance. Not just scout­ing and train­ing, but in-game and coach­ing deci­sions. He says Hudl Sportscode is inte­gral in his process.

Key func­tions in Hudl Sportscode have proven crit­i­cal for Fry and the UNC coach­ing staff. Analyzing set pieces through data­bas­ing keeps the team pre­pared to lim­it scor­ing chances. 

Some 40% of goals will come from a penal­ty cor­ner,” he said. So that’s a vital aspect to get right. What do they run? What are we going to do to counter that?”

Being pre­pared is impor­tant. But help­ing shape in-game deci­sions in the next lev­el for analysts.

Fry says mir­ror cod­ing enables him to relay key insights in-game to the side­line and opens two-way com­mu­ni­ca­tion with coach­es who want to mark impor­tant moments for review.

The adapt­abil­i­ty of Hudl Sportscode to iden­ti­fy stats and clips based on the needs and per­spec­tives of the coach­es is crit­i­cal. Having the fig­ures that shape in-game deci­sion mak­ing read­i­ly avail­able has been a dif­fer­ence-mak­er for Fry.

This type of com­mu­ni­ca­tion cen­tered on video and data has helped Fry grow his role as an ana­lyst and become an indis­pens­able asset. He sug­gests a com­mon­sense approach to iden­ti­fy­ing your team’s bespoke video and data needs.

Once he iden­ti­fies bespoke coach­ing needs, Fry tracks and sup­plies those moments to coach­es. Over the course of a sea­son, he runs high-lev­el reports to visu­al­ly present large datasets. 

But while the inno­v­a­tive visu­al­iza­tions he prides him­self on may start in Hudl Sportscode, the adapt­able approach he takes in his role has him work­ing in con­junc­tion with oth­er soft­ware. He says that’s not a prob­lem thanks to Hudl Sportscode’s flexibility.

In a sport that prides itself on lead­ing the way with tech­nol­o­gy, Hudl Sportscode checks all the box­es for field hock­ey. It’s the indus­try-lead­ing solu­tion that deliv­ers adapt­able work­flows for faster, more effec­tive analy­sis to com­pete at the high­est level.

Don’t fall behind. See how Hudl Sportscode can keep your field hock­ey pro­gram ahead of the game.

To see how you can equip your team with the tools to take on your great­est chal­lenges, con­tact a Hudl Representative here.