5. Your recruitment video

The video

Why is this the most important item in our profile?

  • Well, because 99% of the time, a college coaching staff must see you perform before they’ll even consider offering you a scholarship.

  • Much like a performing arts audition, to get the part, you must first prove you have what it takes.

  • By itself, your “skills video” is just one part of the stage. It’s never going to tell the entire story about you.

  • Bottom line, evaluations are key to college recruiting. And since many college coaches are not there to attend your games, video/film is critical to the evaluation process because it may be the only time a coaching staff sees you perform.

  • Where many parents and student-athletes go wrong is in the general misunderstanding of what to include and what coaches are looking for.

  • Well, because 99% of the time, a college coaching staff must see you perform before they’ll even consider offering you a scholarship.

A highlight video is exactly that:

  • Some clips of your game footage that highlight your talent and skill.

  • These videos are important because they save coaches time by allowing them to review hundreds of student-athletes without having to visit them in person.

  • A skills video, unlike a highlight video, includes a series of staged sport-specific actions outside a game setting. It is unnecessary for every sport or position, but can be a helpful way to show to coaches your technical abilities and mastery of a key skill.

  • Basically, your video is a “glimpse” of what you can do. It shouldn’t be longer than 3-4 minutes, as most coaches are going to see what they need to see in the first 90 seconds… which means you should front-load your best clips at the very beginning of the film.

  • Also, coaches don’t want to see a football video of your career touchdown catches, or every 3-point basket you made, or every goal you scored. Try to give them a variety of unique skill sets.

  • Plan on doing multiple videos along the way. Many coaches want to see footage from your freshman/sophomore year and then more film from your junior year.

  • Again, it’s a glimpse. It’s never going to tell the entire story, but it’s often the best tool for coaches to evaluate you.
Key Points
  • Video is the most important ingredient because college coaching staffs must be able to evaluate you as a scholarship candidate.

     

  • Coaches are going to see what they need to see in the first 90 seconds. Put your best clips at the very beginning of the film.

  • We will stick to the basics with producing your film. Avoid fancy editing features like slow motion, subtitles, and music. They don’t make you look better to college coaching staffs.

     

  • Introduction of yourself on video

     

  • If your video is not shot by our team, the format must be: 720/1080p with fps no higher than 30 not exceeding 5GB

  • All videos must be named properly to indicate what is being sent to us.
  • We will need to shoot at least 60 minutes of footage, which includes footage of you in action and the full court/field.

     

  • It will also include technical, tactical, training and competition elements.

     

  • Or if you already have footage, send your highlight footage to SPORT USA using WeTransfer.com….it’s easy and free!

     

  • Your video will be available on Vimeo, and on your profile on the SPORT USA website media platforms, and we will also share the link with you.

     

  • We will be in touch soon to set up a day for filming

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