Three Strategies to Get More Value from Hudl Assist, with or without Games

Your bas­ket­ball sea­son is about more than just live games. Use Hudl Assist to devel­op your play­ers, help them get recruit­ed and scout opponents.

Three Strategies to Get More Value from Hudl Assist, with or with­out Games

Your bas­ket­ball sea­son is about more than just live games. Use Hudl Assist to devel­op your play­ers, help them get recruit­ed and scout opponents.

Good data is like a smooth jump shot — the more you use it, the dead­lier it gets.

Coaches around the coun­try shared with us how they’re using Hudl Assist to man­age their time effi­cient­ly in the ear­ly stages of the bas­ket­ball sea­son. Assist pro­vides a base­line to build team cul­ture, imple­ment offen­sive and defen­sive prin­ci­ples, and dri­ve play­er development. 

Whether you’re tak­ing the court or coach­ing remote­ly, mak­ing the most of the ear­ly sea­son is crit­i­cal for long-term suc­cess. (Want ideas for using video and data remote­ly? Be sure to check out our Remote Coaching Guide.)

These Hudl Assist strate­gies will make it eas­i­er to man­age the first few weeks of the sea­son. Use them to help play­ers make the jump from gym rats to film junkies. Your team will be ready for anything.

Tee Up the Recruiting Proces


Now more than ever, high-qual­i­ty video and full game stats are essen­tial for coach­es and ath­letes to con­nect with recruiters.

Travel restric­tions and phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing guide­lines are going to make in-per­son recruit­ing trips very unlike­ly. So recruiters will be depend­ing on stats from Assist, high­light reels and game film to iden­ti­fy tal­ent and recruit players.

Noble & Greenough (Mass.) girls’ bas­ket­ball coach and ath­let­ic direc­tor Alex Gallagher is using Hudl Focus and Assist to help his play­ers get noticed and hold the atten­tion of col­lege coaches.

Athletes can quick­ly pin­point their top moments in Hudl by apply­ing fil­ters in the video play­er, or by click­ing their per­son­al stats in the reports tab. Stats are essen­tial­ly high­light-ready clips pre­pared in just a sin­gle click.

Analyze Team Showcases


You already know scrim­mages and show­cas­es are a great way to get your play­ers game-ready. They’re also a great way to put Assist to work.

Any video that fol­lows nor­mal bas­ket­ball rules can be ana­lyzed. Scrimmages must be five-on-five and include a tipoff, jer­seys num­bers, a half­time, free throws on shoot­ing fouls, etc. Gameplay must fol­low stan­dard bas­ket­ball flow — don’t stop the action to re-run a play or sub in JV players.

Be sure to add the show­case to your sched­ule in Hudl and update your ros­ter to include any ath­lete that participates.

Then sub­mit to Assist. Once your break­down is com­plete, apply the data to uncov­er insights about your team: Which line­up had the fewest turnovers? Which play­er had the high­est VPS? Which team con­trolled the boards?

Take what you learn and apply it to your game plan. Tweak your line­ups or sets to stay one step ahead.

Plus, you can livestream these show­cas­es to engage par­ents and fans in lieu of games. Create buzz before your sea­son even starts.

Study Games From Past Seasons


Historical data is the quick­est and eas­i­est way to get a leg up on your oppo­nents. While the per­son­nel may change year after year, a coach’s sys­tem and play­book are most­ly consistent. 

Assist tracks every offen­sive and defen­sive pos­ses­sion so you can ana­lyze each trip down the floor to deci­pher an oppo­nents’ play­book and sets.

Analyze old game film on divi­sion or con­fer­ence oppo­nents with Assist data to cre­ate a rich scout­ing report. Then look at stats like points-per-pos­ses­sion or SLOB/BLOB % to ana­lyze pace and execution.

Having 4 – 6 break­downs on an oppo­nent also helps elim­i­nate off games that offer bad data. You know how it goes: some­times you’re on fire, and oth­er nights you can’t buy a buck­et. Having mul­ti­ple scout films bro­ken down gives a more accu­rate picture.

Use the exchange fea­ture to trade film with oth­er schools to stay sharp and study up. You can sub­mit up to three games per day, so don’t hold back. 

Want to get even more out of Assist? Learn all the best tips and tricks with Hudl Academy.

Not using Assist yet? Now that you know why video and stats are two of the most impor­tant weapons in a coach’s arse­nal, see what Hudl Assist can do for you.