The Recruiting Video
A video can be a good tool to have at your disposal.
A coach’s season and job are on the line with each recruiting class. Ideally a coach would much rather see you play in person. That said there are many reasons a video is a good idea.
If a coach is not going to be able to see you play for several months, a film can be beneficial. If a coach asks you for film, then it becomes very important.
Some coaches will use video as a filter to determine whether they want to communicate further with an athlete. The video won’t seal a roster spot, but it may be a very good introduction.
Filming the Video
To make the most of your video here are a few tips and ideas.
You don’t need to hire a professional. Whatever third party recruiting sites tell you about this, don’t believe them. You don’t need their expertise or their fingers in your pockets. You do need a plan.
If your parents can tape the games ask them first. This way you have complete control over the taping and they can make sure that you can be seen in the footage. If your parents are unable to do this, don’t stress about it.
Don’t be afraid to ask high school coaches, club coaches, and other parents to make a copy of film for you. Most will be very happy to do that. Worst case scenario: none of these people tape a game. In that case, see which opposing coach tapes the game. It takes a little bit of courage, but get their number or email from your coach and ask them. If you really want to play in college, never play the victim. Find a way to get what you need. You would be surprised how many opposing coaches would willingly make you a copy if you were polite and let them know why you need it.
Editing the Video
Here are some strategies for the film itself. Take some time to learn how to do some simple editing or ask a friend, teacher, coach or anybody who knows how to edit film.
Make sure you can be identified on the screen. One thing I always liked was when at the beginning of each highlight an arrow would point toward the player I was supposed to be watching.
There are two kinds of film coaches are looking for. Not all coaches want the same thing. First, and easiest, have an unedited film of a game or match. Make sure the college coach knows what color, position and number you are. Lots of coaches like to see you play in unedited fashion.
The second is a highlight film. There are some coaches who just want the highlights so they can determine quickly what your abilities are.
You should keep the video relatively short. Three to five minutes should do it. Include 10-15 highlights.
Let some of your tactical understanding as well as technical abilities come out. Showing your movement off the ball is a key ingredient. How do you play defense aside from the point at which you steal the ball?
Skip the emotional songs and extra effects (other than the arrow). Your family and teammates may love this at your banquet, but coaches do not care and many get annoyed by their presence.
Go for short, simple, and decent quality and you will have done well.
The days of sending in video on DVD are practically gone. Most recruits can post the video to YouTube and give the coach a link. If possible you want an unedited game and a highlight film available for coaches to see.
YouTube has cut down the time and effort involved in getting the video to multiple coaches. This is huge for recruits. Anybody can now get film in front of coaches.
An Important Introduction
Start posting game films your freshman year of high school, and update them every year. Again, film will not secure you a spot on a team or a scholarship but it is a key tool college coaches rely on. If they like what they see, they will communicate further with you.
Next, take a look at Interview with University of Northern Colorado Assistant Volleyball Coach. This interview is all about recruiting videos from a college coach’s perspective.
If you are ready for a step-by-step plan to take your talent to the next level and need someone to walk you through the process, let me guide you.
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