I was asked a couple days ago by a professional athlete, what are some things I believe is important for producing a highlight video? I shared my thoughts and thought I’ll share that same information for high school student athletes. Student athletes should ask high school coaching staff if they can measure sport specific athletic information that college coaches are looking for. Examples of this could be your vertical jump for basketball, the 40 yard dash for football or the jump touch for volleyball.
Once you have some specific information that coaches will be looking for from prospected athletes in your sport, it’s time to create an enhanced highlight / skills video. This step is critical to being successfully recruited, and if not done properly, could reduce your scholarship opportunities. Remember, the raw footage needs to be taken, edited, sequenced correctly, and spot shadowed. Start the video with a short intro with your name, school, and contact information, but don’t get too fancy.Below are some examples of creating an outstanding highlight video.
• Keep it relatively short
• Start with a bang
•. No longer than 5 min (coaches may not have time to watch the entire highlight videos so make sure they see you at your best)
• Post your video with your online resume
Don’t send coaches unsolicited DVDs or expect to be seen on YouTube. When a highlight video is posted on a trusted recruiting site like 1 Dream Sports, college coaches will see that video.
Different sports require different approaches. For example, baseball and softball coaches aren’t looking for game footage, but rely heavily on clips that show your specific skills. Highlight videos for sports like basketball, hockey, and football are the opposite and should have plenty of in-game footage.
• Show a wide range of your skills
Use clips that show you’re a well-rounded athlete. For example, if you’re a basketball recruit don’t just have highlights of you burying jump shots. Also include clips of you dribbling in transition, playing tough defense, or establishing good rebounding position.
• Video quality is important
Try to make sure your highlights are clear and that you are easy to see.
• Simplicity can go a long way
Athletes that are interested in having their highlight videos produced by our staff should fill out our contact form and leave “highlight video” in the subject box. Registration opens for all athletes June 2014, athletes will be evaluated, have an online profile and matched to college coaches and universities. If this is your 1 Dream, Live it.