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Volleyball | Assist User Guide

Get ready to spend more time running the court and less time tagging matches this season. Hudl Assist is here to give you advanced stats and reports that will drive your team’s performance.

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Congratulations on getting Hudl Assist for your volleyball team. It’ll be your favorite Hudl tool, assistant coach and statistician all in one.

First thing’s first—update your roster. When you send matches to our analysts, they’ll tag team and player stats for both sides of the net. But if you have a #7 on the court and not on your Hudl roster, we won’t know who to attribute their stats to. Make sure your players are getting credit for their work by removing old athletes, adding new players and entering accurate player information.

Then add your current season. If you don’t, stats will be listed for the previous season, not your current one (and out-of-date stats never helped anyone). Once your current season is added, add upcoming events to your schedule so your data can be tied to the correct match or scrimmage.

How It Works

Now that your team has Hudl Assist, you might run into some questions. We have the answers.

How many stats do I get back?
A lot. 24 to be exact. You can see all the data points we tag for volleyball teams on this page.

How can I tell when a match is done?
No need to refresh your page over and over. We’ll send all coaches and team admins an email when we’re done tagging your video. You’ll also have a notification at the top of your library in Hudl.

Can I send my JV matches to Assist too?
Assist subscriptions are team-based. If you purchased Hudl Assist for your varsity team and want to send a JV match, great! You’ll just need to purchase a subscription for that team first.

How many matches can I submit in a day?
As a team, you can send three matches every 24 hours. For example, if you send a match at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., you’ll need to wait until 8 a.m. the next day to send another one.

Can I submit scrimmages?
You bet. As long as it’s played like a normal match with the same rules, we can stat it.

What do I do if I want player stats but my jersey numbers are hard to read?
There’s a ​“Notes” sec­tion at the bot­tom of the sub­mis­sion page. Leave us one with the details on who’s who. Something like “#12 has braids” or “#23 is wear­ing a pink headband.” We can’t make any promises on 100% accuracy, but we’ll do our best to track the play­er stats.

What if a player had to wear a different jersey than what’s on my Hudl roster?
No wor­ries. Just click ​“Edit jer­seys” on the sub­mis­sion page and let us know what num­ber the ath­lete wore in the match you’re submitting.

Upload & Submit Matches

Now that you have answers to frequently asked questions, let’s get to it.

Record the entire game without ending the recording. You may PAUSE the recording between matches or time-outs, but DO NOT end the recording until the last match is played.

The process is pretty simple. You’ll record your match on an iPad, iPhone or a camera and upload it to Hudl. Then you’ll send it to our Assist analysts and give us 12–24 hours to break it down (depending on your package).

There are a few different options for uploading and submitting your video. Keep reading to find the one that works best for you.

Submit while uploading.
Kill two birds with one stone by sending to Assist straight from the web uploader.

Send to Assist from your library.
Forgot to send to Assist while you were uploading? We believe in second chances. Go to your library and submit it from there.

Make a submission on an iPad or iPhone.
Forgot your computer in your office, but need to get a match submitted? Don’t sweat it. Grab your iPhone or iPad and send it our way using the Hudl app.

Submit while accepting exchanged video.
If you forgot to record your match and are getting it from an opponent, you’ll have the option to submit to Assist while accepting the exchanged video.

Check out the detailed steps for each of these options in this tutorial.

How to Use Your Stats and Reports

Your Hudl Assist breakdown is done, now what? We’re glad you asked.

First, go to the video player and review your tags. Our Assist analysts are the best of the best, but they’re only human. The good news is if they accidentally attribute a kill to #14 instead of #4, it’s easy to edit it. The same goes for unknown player tags. Sometimes if jersey numbers are too hard to read or your filmer’s too far away, we can’t tag player stats. But since you know who’s who, you can complete the unknown player stats.

If your match was recorded well and all your details were entered correctly, you can ignore that paragraph and start digging into your data. Here’s how.

Use filters to find specific moments.

Now that your team has Hudl Assist, you don’t need to scrub through the entire match to find that one kill. Using the “Tags” tab in the video player, you can filter by a team or player, plus any stat, to quickly narrow down your search. So if your back row is struggling with passing, filter by your team’s serve receive errors. Or if your setter can’t get balls all the way to the pin, filter by her assist attempts.

Create playlists for your team.

When you have stats and reports, it’s easier than ever to pull out the most important teaching moments from your match and use them for individual review or team review. You can build playlists from tags or click any underlined value in your reports page to see the video associated with that stat. Then, send those clips to a playlist with the click of a button.

Dive into your reports.

The stats you get from Hudl Assist will also automatically flood into five reports to help you gain insights and level up your team’s performance.

Stats: This report covers all the basic and calculated stats from kills and digs, to side-out percentage and service percentage. And using filters, you can get very specific with your analysis. Learn why your team struggles in rotation two or which outside hitter is most effective.

Box score: This is the statistical summary of a single match. And with share and print options right on the page, it’s easy to share your stats with anyone who might need it (say a grandparent or a local news reporter).

Trends: The trends report is a great in-season tool to see what’s working and what needs improvement. Just filter by any stat to get a visual of how your team is performing in that area. So if you’re pushing for more consistent serving, select service percentage to see if there are peaks and valleys or a straight line.

Goals: In this report, you can set goals based on your stats, or your opponents’ stats. Make a goal to keep opponents under a certain hitting percentage or limit your team’s serve errors to two per set. It’ll automatically update when you get stats back from Hudl Assist so there’s no extra math or data entry on your end.

Attack tendencies: Last, but not least, attack tendencies. This report shows the start-to-finish location of every attack, whether it was a kill, error or zero attack. Now that you know your outside is hitting it middle back almost every time she’s set, you can have her work in different shots. Or when you see your rival’s outside is boasting an impressive hitting percentage by nailing it deep line, you can switch to a rotational defense.

The best part of all five reports? They link directly back to video, giving you the full picture. So whether you want to learn which rotation your team is most effective in, or why your middle struggled in last week’s match, you can.