The Essential Preseason Checklist for Basketball Coaches

Basketball sea­son is near­ly upon us. Make sure your team is ready to make the most of Hudl this year.

The Essential Preseason Checklist for Basketball Coaches

Basketball sea­son is near­ly upon us. Make sure your team is ready to make the most of Hudl this year.

Though Benjamin Franklin’s advice is rarely applic­a­ble to the sport­ing world, one of his most famous quotes is ide­al for coach­es to keep in mind — By fail­ing to pre­pare, you are prepar­ing to fail.”

No doubt you’ve spent hours ana­lyz­ing your ros­ter, plan­ning prac­tices and watch­ing last year’s film. But have you tak­en time to update your Hudl account, ensur­ing you’ll be ful­ly pre­pared come tip off?

We’re here to help. This is the defin­i­tive pre­sea­son check­list for Hudl coach­es, a com­pre­hen­sive inven­to­ry to check off. Tick all the box­es here and you’ll be ready to take full advan­tage of what Hudl has to offer — and dom­i­nate 2019 – 20.

Add the 2019 – 20 season.

Set up your roster.

Organize your library.

  • Take time to review games and playlists from last sea­son. Create a new playlist of the impor­tant moments to use as exam­ples for this year’s team. 
  • Attach uploads and playlists to a sched­ule entry. Cleaning up your library makes it sim­ple to find any video you need when­ev­er you need it.
  • Delete old videos and irrel­e­vant playlists to keep things clean. Remember — you can always down­load the video before you delete it so you still have a copy. 

Make sure the bills are paid. 

Not sure if you’re set for anoth­er sea­son? Want to get on your billing secretary’s good side? Pay your bill so you have access to Hudl when you need it most. 

  • Check Billing & Invoices on your account to down­load your invoice or pay your bill. 
  • Pay with a cred­it card or mail checks to Hudl, 29775 Network Place, Chicago, IL 60673 – 1775.
  • Need to run with a P.O. until a check can be cut? Send a copy of it over to support@​hudl.​com and we’ll take care of the rest. 

Get some help from Hudl Assist.

Save some time this sea­son by let­ting our team break down your game or scout film. Submit your video and with­in 24 hours you’ll receive game and play­er stats for both sides of the ball.

  • Select your oppo­nents from the drop-down list on Hudl when you add your sched­ule. This helps us match your oppo­nent cor­rect­ly for faster turn­around times and more accu­rate stats. 
  • Plan the best loca­tions for record­ing. Find where your cam­era cap­tures the major­i­ty of the court to allow our Assist ana­lysts to see ref­er­ee sig­nals and jer­sey num­bers. To make sure you’re record­ing the best video pos­si­ble, check out our record­ing tips for bas­ket­ball.

Have every team member download the Hudl app.

  • Encourage your team to use the Hudl app to review video you’ve uploaded from any­where. Learning and improv­ing isn’t lim­it­ed to the hardwood. 

Update team and athlete profiles to showcase your team.

  • Do your fans a favor by updat­ing the pro­file pic­ture, cov­er pho­to, team bio and colors.

  • Build some hype by cre­at­ing a killer team high­light from the pre­vi­ous season. 

  • Remind your ath­letes to cre­ate high­lights and update their vitals. Their Hudl pro­file is a great recruit­ing tool if it’s up-to-date and shared.

Get on the same page with Hudl messaging.

Communicating with your entire team or indi­vid­ual play­ers has nev­er been eas­i­er. You can eas­i­ly update work­out sched­ules and send tips to your play­ers and coach­es with­out fear of them miss­ing the message.

  • Set up your mes­sag­ing groups for spe­cif­ic positions. 
  • Chat with your coach­es to make sure the mes­sages you send are con­sis­tent and relevant.
  • Lay the ground rules with your ath­letes for what types of mes­sages to send. 

Reach your goals.

Hudl for basketball goals report
  • Use the goals report to track your team’s achieve­ments this sea­son. Any stats you add will auto­mat­i­cal­ly flood in and let you know whether or not the goals were met for each game. 

Be Ready for Game Day

Check that the devices you use to record are ready to roll.

  • Charge every­thing to ensure you don’t have bat­tery issues.

  • Wipe SD cards or clear space on the device to avoid stor­age problems.

  • Double check that you have the most updat­ed app ver­sion if you play to record with the Hudl app. Do this before your sea­son starts and before every game.

Assign a reliable tagger to live tag.

  • If you plan on tag­ging stats live at the game, find a ded­i­cat­ed tag­ger. Think out­side the box for poten­tial tag­gers like stu­dent man­agers, assis­tant coach­es, injured play­ers, par­ents or even alum­ni players. 
  • Get the tag­ger to a prac­tice so they’re com­fort­able with Hudl’s tag­ging work­flow. Assign two peo­ple to the task to ensure there’s a spot­ter and backup.

Plan your process for uploading.

  • Record from a cam­era and upload on Hudl​.com. After con­nect­ing your cam­era to your com­put­er, you’ll sim­ply choose the Upload option. Practice this process before your first game.

  • Record from the Hudl app and upload with a Wi-Fi net­work. Decide where you’ll upload your games, whether it’s at the school or at home, and be sure there are no fire­walls to block you. Give it a test run to get com­fort­able with the process.

Complete this check­list and you’ll be more than ready for the sea­son to begin. And the learn­ing doesn’t stop here — don’t for­get to check out Hudl Academy for Basketball. Take self-paced cours­es that’ll help you learn best prac­tices for using Hudl, whether you’re a sea­soned vet or just get­ting started. 

We couldn’t be more excit­ed to help you and your team dom­i­nate more games with video this sea­son. Here is a dig­i­tal copy with every­thing you need to check off your list before your sea­son starts.