Why Chandler (Arizona) made the switch from Hudl Sideline to GameStrat for their instant replay

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After closing out another impressive season, which ended in a battle with Saguaro for the Arizona Open Division State title, we decided to sit down with Coach Collin Bottrill, Assistant Coach of the Chandler Wolves, to talk about his experience switching to GameStrat from Hudl Sideline.

Since Head Coach Rick Garretson took over the program five years ago, the program has earned their place as a top program in America, with a record of 60-5 and six straight 6A/Open Division Championship titles.

Last season, the Wolves finished runner-up in the Open Division. They were ranked No. 43 in the final High School Football America 100, powered by NFL Play Football.

Related: High School Football America 100 for 2021

In his opening remarks, Coach Bottrill described the struggles the program had seen with other instant replay systems.

We used to use Hudl sideline and quite honestly we had a lot of problems with that system – outages, clips not loading, and other technical issues. We were searching for a package that would be an upgrade from the instability of Hudl Sideline.

Collin Bottrill, Chandler High School

For many teams, learning to master a new system can be difficult. However, Coach Bottrill reflected upon the transition to GameStrat as being a seamless experience.

“We liked the ease of use during games, clips were loading much faster than before, it was very user-friendly and uploads after games were quick – so it was really an upgrade for us.”

When asked what advice Coach Bottrill would give to any other coach thinking about sideline replay, he emphasized the many benefits of choosing GameStrat.

Changing to GameStrat was one of the best decisions we’ve made for support, customer service, and for the performance of the system. I would advise any coach that is looking into it, to absolutely change to GameStrat as it is definitely an upgrade.

Coach Bottrill

The above story is from GameStrat with additions from High School Football America

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.