Video Analysis Is the Next Chapter in the History of a Basketball Powerhouse

The best teams set the stan­dard in the com­pe­ti­tion — Crvena Zvezda are one of them. Here’s why this leader of the Serbia and Adriatic region intro­duced video analysis.

With 28 dif­fer­ent sports, 698 tro­phies, and 42 Olympic medals, Crvena Zvezda has a rich and unique his­to­ry of suc­cess. Known inter­na­tion­al­ly as Red Star Belgrade, the Crvena Zvezda bas­ket­ball team car­ry on the lega­cy of suc­cess in their own right. They’ve won 20 Serbian cham­pi­onships and four Adriatic League titles, one of which just hap­pened in the 2018 – 19 sea­son. They even com­pete in the Euroleague, the high­est lev­el of pro­fes­sion­al bas­ket­ball in Europe.

So how do you improve a team that’s already a leader in the region? Assistant direc­tor of bas­ket­ball Nemanja Vasiljevic believes the intro­duc­tion of video analy­sis will take Crvena Zvezda to the next level. 

We want­ed to allow our coach­ing staff, espe­cial­ly in the first team, to do a bet­ter job and bet­ter work. And Hudl, togeth­er with Hudl Sportscode, is the leader in that field,” said Vasiljevic.

Crvena Zvezda is the first bas­ket­ball club in the region to intro­duce video analy­sis and com­plete­ly mod­ernise their analy­sis work­flow. According to Vasiljevic, the Serbian league cur­rent­ly lacks speed and efficiency. 

Basically, our coach­es, they watch the videos which they cut them them­selves and do what you would say is an old school’ process,” said Vasiljevic. With Hudl this process is going to be a lot faster. For exam­ple, we often play a game yes­ter­day, and then we play the next game tomor­row, so you have only one day between the games. You need to pre­pare the scout­ing and reports and every­thing beforehand.” 

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It’s not just the first team who lead the pack. Crvena Zvezda has a thriv­ing women’s and youth sec­tion who will also reap the ben­e­fits of hav­ing video analy­sis. In fact, this set­up will be inte­grat­ed through­out every lev­el, for every play­er and coach.

Everyone in the club, the coach­es and the play­ers, will improve them­selves, and their jobs will become eas­i­er, espe­cial­ly for the coach­es,” said Vasiljevic. 

Vasiljevic believes this will­ing­ness to inno­vate is a key rea­son why Crvena Zvezda will con­tin­ue to be a top side in the region.

We as a club want to fol­low inno­va­tions in all fields,” said Vasiljevic. Hudl is great because it is new tech­nol­o­gy, it’s inno­v­a­tive and you can use it on your mobile phone, tablet and all devices. Now you can share every­thing real­ly fast to the play­ers with com­ments and video clips.”

Everyone in the club, the coach­es and the play­ers, will improve them­selves, and their jobs will become eas­i­er, espe­cial­ly for the coaches”

And they aren’t stop­ping with just the Hudl plat­form. Crvena Zvezda also plans to use Hudl Sportscode for access to real time reports and in-depth data.

It’s great because with Hudl Sportscode, you can have in the same minute the reports and every­thing dur­ing both prac­tice and dur­ing the game,” said Vasiljevic. Coaches them­selves, in live time, they can code games and get back the data they want to see. So they are going to bring Hudl Sportscode every­where with them. We are going to have it for all prac­tices and for both home and away games.

Crvena Zvezda are full of excite­ment for the poten­tial that video analy­sis can bring their club both in terms of per­for­mance and mod­ernising out­dat­ed workflows.

When you bring the new things that can help some­one to do their job eas­i­er, it’s a good thing. I think the coach­es will love it and the play­ers will also. We have big expec­ta­tions from this project we are going to do with Hudl. I’m sure that togeth­er we can become the lead­ers not only in Serbia, but in the region and this part of Europe.”

To learn more about how Hudl is pow­er­ing the mod­ern bas­ket­ball, read the lat­est in Hudl, The Newslet­ter or take a look at our pro­fes­sion­al case stud­ies from the Atlanta Hawks and Townsville Fire.