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By: Ben Fisher Jul 20, 2019

Sideline Replay: Why Speed Kills the Competition

Football today is all about speed. Player speed, hand speed and speed of getting the play call in. Speed kills. The faster you can accomplish things the more time you have to improve in other areas. This is no different when it comes to sideline replay systems.

Some of the other companies boast about fast transfer speeds, but how fast are they when it comes to live game situations?

We sat down with Coach John Weaver out of Madison-Ridgeland Academy in Mississippi who switched from Hudl Sideline to GameStrat to talk about the difference he saw in video transfer speed.

Here is what he had to say:

“When we had Hudl Sideline it took literally 45 seconds to a minute to get the clip uploaded… With you guys, I was on the phone during our spring game and I told our guy filming, I said ‘let me know when you hit record and stop and when you send it to me’. And I was holding the iPad and he said ‘I just sent it’, and I said ‘I got it’. Instantaneously. It was super fast, instant”.

“We were playing in a college stadium and we were on the visitors side, filming from the home press box, and it was that fast… We’re gonna be lightspeed ahead of people being able to get the film that fast”.

“With Hudl Sideline it would take forever, we’d scroll down, push down, to get a refresh, refresh, refresh. And sometimes we wouldn’t even get a series or we would miss a play”.

“The speed capabilities are out of this world and it’s truly an advantage for us because we’re a tempo team, so we want that play now so I can be looking at it and kinda seeing where they are. And that helps us out real time!”

- John Weaver, Assistant Coach Madison-Ridgeland Academy

We did a little testing to look at GameStrat’s video transfer speed. No matter the length of the clip it will be on your iPad INSTANTLY. On top of that, having more sideline devices won’t affect your transfer speed! We tested with up to 10 sideline iPads and never saw a decrease in transfer speed.


GameStrat Transfer Speeds

Number of Viewing iPads

Length of Video 

Download Time (Seconds)


10 seconds

< 1 second


30 seconds

< 1 second


1 minute

< 1 second


3 minutes

< 1 second


Here are 3 key reasons why video transfer speed is so important with sideline replay.

Hurry-up Situation

In a hurry up situation you need to see that play NOW. Generally when a team is going fast it is because it is a crucial part of the game, and not the time to be waiting for video to load. 

You need to be able to review the play, see what they did to beat you, make the adjustment and get the call in before they snap the ball again. If you don’t, you can bet they’re going to run something similar for another big play… or even a score.


When your timeout only lasts between 30-60 seconds you don’t have a lot of time with your players. The clips from the last drive need to be there instantly so you have time to review them and make adjustments before going back out onto the field. 

If you aren’t able to make a key adjustment during your timeout then you haven’t taken full advantage of that situation! To make things worse, if the opposite sideline is using GameStrat they probably used your timeout to get an advantage over you.

Backlogged plays.

This one may be less obvious, but is probably the most important. A common complaint from coaches using other sideline replay systems is that they didn’t get plays for several minutes or they never came in at all. We’ve heard all the excuses in the book as to why this is happening but more often than not it is caused by slow video transfer. 

When your video isn’t getting to the iPads right away, often one play will still be downloading as the next play is being recorded or getting sent. When this happens, the videos get backlogged and “stuck in space”. This slows down the whole process (even more so when multiple devices are trying to download at once) and further compounds on itself as more and more plays get recorded. Eventually you are stuck and need to wait for a break in the game for all the videos to catch up. Generally when things do start coming through there will be some plays that never make it all.

GameStrat’s superior software allows for the fastest and most reliable instant video transfer, ensuring that this will never happen.

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