The Essential Preseason Checklist for Basketball Coaches

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

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 2018-19.

Add the 2018-19 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 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.

  • 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 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.

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