Total Vision: BBC Gréngewald Hueschtert’s New Focus on Team and Opposition Analysis

Total Vision: BBC Gréngewald Hueschtert’s New Focus on Team and Opposition Analysis


As Eurobasket women’s head coach of the year and for­mer head coach of the Germany and Luxembourg women’s nation­al teams, along­side his club duties at BBC Gréngewald Hueschtert, Hermann Paar is deeply expe­ri­enced and under­stands what makes a suc­cess­ful team.

A key pil­lar of Gréngewald’s analy­sis set­up includes auto­mat­ic cap­ture tech­nol­o­gy which deliv­ers a mul­ti-angle video feed with­out the need for a ded­i­cat­ed cam­era oper­a­tor. Hudl Focus is the tech­nol­o­gy Gréngewald use for both match and train­ing sce­nar­ios which cap­tures match­es and prac­tices to the Hudl online plat­form automatically. 

One part I use Focus for is the games,” said Paar, So I have the match sched­ule and the cam­eras start when the game starts. I use it for prac­tice as well — I record every prac­tice. For prac­tice I use mul­ti­ple cam­era angles for analy­sis and dur­ing live play I use the cam­era that fol­lows the ball.” 

Game video highlights shared to BBC Grengewald Facebook page.

The abil­i­ty to pro­vide footage from an auto­mat­ed sys­tem through to Hudl online accounts means there is a stream­lined deliv­ery of feed­back from coach to play­er. There is also the option to livestream games from Focus to YouTube — an effec­tive solu­tion for spec­ta­tors to watch match­es when crowds are restrict­ed due to Covid-19. 

It’s use­ful to pro­vide some video cuts to show the play­ers how well they did and when we used good tac­tics.” said Paar. I can show the play­ers what they are doing wrong for train­ing pur­pos­es, and also before we pre­pare for games.”

I record every prac­tice. For prac­tice I use mul­ti­ple cam­era angles for analy­sis and dur­ing live play I use the cam­era that fol­lows the ball.” Hermann Paar - Head coach, BBC Gréngewald Hueschtert’

The next step of the auto­mat­ed cap­ture and analy­sis work­flow is for the video to be sent to Hudl Assist to pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive and inter­ac­tive analy­sis of the game — deliv­ered with­in a 24 hour turn­around period.

How does Assist work? Video is sub­mit­ted with the click of a but­ton, Hudl’s team of pro­fes­sion­al ana­lysts tag team sta­tis­tics on both sides of the ball, and then with­in the 24 hour win­dow the analy­sis is avail­able with­in the Hudl platform.

I real­ly like hav­ing the footage direct­ly online after the game fin­ish­es. The footage is also prop­er qual­i­ty. And then the sec­ond thing I real­ly like is to have deliv­ery of sta­tis­tics and cuts with­in 24 hours.”

So with Hudl Assist, this pack­age for me is real­ly help­ful as I real­ly like hav­ing the footage direct­ly online after the game fin­ish­es,” said Paar. Hudl Focus gives you an advan­tage over oth­er teams who don’t have it, I save a lot of time and I’m so much more prepared. 

Statistical shot chart created through the Hudl platform using Hudl Assist.
Grengewald's players and coaches use the Hudl library to upload, watch, and feedback on video footage.

So if for exam­ple, we play on a Sunday and we have Monday prac­tice, I have all the video cuts and infor­ma­tion about the game ready to go. We can talk about the game and then have team meet­ings and review these cuts and infor­ma­tion. Not all coach­es do it in this way.”

Automated cap­ture is a very effec­tive solu­tion, but the video qual­i­ty needs to be high to pro­vide the lev­el of analy­sis that a lead­ing team desires. This is no prob­lem for Paar and his high-per­form­ing team.

The Focus footage is qual­i­ty and I can send high­lights and video cuts for all play­ers to their Hudl online account for their use,” said Paar. This is enough for what we need, to send the video cuts to the play­ers on their smart­phones or lap­tops to show game films from here in the gym. So for that it’s per­fect and good com­mu­ni­ca­tion in that way.”

Record, upload and livestream auto­mat­i­cal­ly: Learn how Hudl Focus is inno­vat­ing mod­ern bas­ket­ball analy­sis here.