Are your kids ready to get into the college recruiting game? With technology such a big part of our daily lives, it’s also a big part of recruiting. And now recruiting videos are an essential component to any good athlete’s portfolio.
If you think about it, videos make sense. Coaches can’t physically get to every player because they don’t have the time or the budget. So having a video online is imperative in order to be seen by coaches! I would take it even a step further and have your athlete have their own blog with stats, video, photos and more.
Getting a professional video can be very pricey and probably not needed unless you have the extra money to spend. Video cameras on the phone can work just fine as long as your editing down video and getting good highlights. A 30 minute video of your kid working out at practice isn’t going to cut it! You need to edit the video into highlights. And don’t forget to add graphics and music to help you stand out. But I will warn you that it’s important to also keep the feel of the game in the highlights and don’t edit the music into the video where it overpowers the clip.
Here are some other tips from Athletic Scholarships:
Use Varsity Footage Only- Highlight videos should only be between four and six minutes long, so after two or three games, you should have enough footage for your first video. As the season progresses, you can get more footage and create another video.
Record & Edit it Yourself- Get footage from different angles, shoot video wide and close-up to mix it up. When it comes to editing, pick the plays yourself. There are several online editing programs that are pretty easy to use. If you’re not comfortable or don’t have the time, hire an editor. BUT don’t let an editor choose the highlights. Look at other online recruiting videos as examples to see what you like.
Post Your Video Online- There are tons of video-sharing websites where you can upload your video for free. It is much easier for coaches to click on a link that you send them. Examples: are YouTube or Vimeo .