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.

Get Started

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 If you don’t, stats will be list­ed for the pre­vi­ous sea­son, not your cur­rent one (and out-of-date stats nev­er helped any­one).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.

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.