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If You Use Hudl

Updated: May 10

Hudl is a really good tool. Most of the clubs I work with use it because it takes the majority of the grunt work of creating highlight videos away from the athletes and families. Yes, it has it errors when it comes to stats and tags, but that is usually human error and completely fixable.

Even with a great recruiting tool like Hudl there are still people not using it. Many families and athletes are NOT going in to create their own highlights (the sole purpose of the tool) but are instead relying the auto-generated highlights created from within Hudl. This is a huge mistake.

Relying on these videos in your recruiting process is a frustration for college coaches. Clips are only 20 seconds long and I am NOT watching you at your best. I'm just watching whatever clips Hudl throws together. Then I have to go through multiple 20 second clips (lots of clicks) to even get to one that communicates how talented you really are. The second frustration with this is for several positions you are not showing the skills that the college coaches want to see to begin with. It doesn't show setters setting the ball (digs and aces typically only) and for a libero it doesn't show ANY of your serve-receive passes. The #1 question from college coaches is "How well does she pass in SR?" It is in some ways the only skill they want to see out of the libero position.

So, if you are an athlete or club team that utilizes Hudl, please use it for the tool that it is. If you don't know how to make your own highlights, then I have something pretty awesome for you. I made these Hudl walkthroughs several years ago. They are on my youtube channel. If you're not sure what to do, this will take you step-by-step through the process.

If your team doesn't utilize Hudl, then you might want to think about getting BallTime for yourself or your team. Use the link below to take a look at that platform that uses AI to pull all of your clips so you can make your own highlights.

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