Video tips from PlayInSchool.com

11 03 2009

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If you are hooked on the “Recruit Scoop” the way I am you will notice that there are some recurring themes. The topic that I will be discussing today will be “Recruiting Videos.”

Let’s briefly consider a few common questions. Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? We can go into further depth about each later (or feel free to email me directly at info@playinschool.com).
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WHO?

Who should send out film? Any athlete that is considering playing in college should consider sending film out to college coaches.

Who do you send the film to? This is not the time to be lazy. Do not send out a generic letter that says “Dear Coach.” Take the time find out the coach’s name. Every school has a website that has that information. Don’t feel like you have to pay someone to look up information that you can easily find yourself. Be personal. If you are emailing, you should consider including the head coach as well as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coaches.

WHAT?

What do coaches want to see on your film? Some highlights are good. But keep it short. A few minutes of some of your good plays will give them an idea of what you are capable of. A short film of a workout or practice may be appropriate as well. Depending on your sport, you will also want to make game film available. When filming either a game or a workout, consider who your audience is and think about what angles will best help the coach make an evaluation of your skills. After all, isn’t that the point?

WHEN?

When should you start sending out video? Earlier is better than later, obviously. College coaches are always looking into the future. That means that they are always keeping an eye on juniors and sophomores. It won’t hurt you to send a video to a school to let them know that YOU are interested in THEM. It is called being proactive. As you begin progressing in your high school career you will start hearing coaches request video from you. That’s a good sign. Be ready to hand them one on the spot, send your profile link, or put one in the mail if needed.

WHERE?

Where should you send the film? Think about this just like the application process to college. Send some film to schools you know (or think) you can play for, send film to some schools you’d like to play for, and don’t be afraid to send film to your dream school. At the end of the day, the very worst thing that will happen is that they will say that they don’t need you. No big deal. Move on. Don’t be afraid to ask for some feedback from the coaches. They may know the perfect place for you! As mentioned above, be ready to get a video to any coach that requests it.

WHY?

Why should you send film? “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Video gives a coach an opportunity to SEE you instead of just reading about you or hearing about you. Video gives that coach a chance to “break down” the athletes mechanics and skills. Will you be offered a scholarship solely off a video? Chances of that are slim since there are other factors to consider, but hopefully a coach will see something that impresses them enough to come see you in person and begin a relationship with you.

HOW?

How do you make a recruiting video? Buy or borrow a video camera and begin filming. Here are a few tips…

  • Think about the angles that will showcase your skills.
  • Once you have some material, edit it down in order to keep it short and to the point.
  • Please use a tripod. Enough said.
  • Zoom in and out smoothly and appropriately.
  • Leave the “Rocky” theme song off of your video. Trust me.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to email or call if you have any questions. I’ve made recruiting videos for athletes of a variety of different sports and would be more than happy to talk to you about some of the specifics regarding your sport.

Rich Prado
Play In School
College Recruiting Videos
804.852.8468
www.playinschool.com

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