High School Athlete Recruiting Video: Advice on Creating Your Own Sports Highlight Video

In order for you to be recruited by college coaches as a high school athlete, you will need to develop a highlight video which shows what your capabilities are.

A lot of people I talk to seem a little overwhelmed by the thought of pulling together a highlight video.  Thoughts come to mind like:

  1. Creating a highlight video is really expensive.  I need the best equipment, etc.
  2. How do I know which shots are the most important?
  3. Once I have the video, how do I pull it together?
  4. How long should the video be?

I’m sure there are many more….

What I want to do in this article is help reduce the anxiety of creating a highlight video for your high school athlete.

Let’s start with the basics.

The First Thing You Need is a Camera

Not rocket science here.  But, what is misunderstood is that your camera doesn’t have to cost $2000.  In fact, one of our prospects has filmed all of his videos using a hand held cell phone with a video camera.  Take a look at some of his videos at http://nathanhelke.prospectsites.com/videos/

I have personally used a Sony DVD camera to film all of my sons videos. Take a look at these sites:

http://jayswigard.prospectsites.com/videos/

http://michaelswigard.prospectsites.com/videos/

Some of these videos are taken on a tri-pod and some are hand held.  In any case, you can get a camera that does the job for less than $300.

Which Shots to Take

I think the most important thing here is just using common sense.  The best advice is to showcase your high school athlete in action in a way that would encourage a college coach to contact them and set up a recruiting visit. If your son is a running back, I’d highlight his best plays which showed acceleration, change of direction, catching the ball out of the backfield, blocking, etc.  Try to put yourself in the position of being the coach and try to imagine what he or she might want to see.

How to Pull the Video Together

Actually, a lot of options here.

First, you can buy video editing software for less than $100.  I have two that I have used.  First is for Windows and it is called Power Director.  Very inexpensive, highly featured and allows you to add your video, text, images and more to produce a high quality video.  Most of my son’s videos were produced in Power Director.

The other video editing software I use is iMovie on my Mac.  Very simple, highly featured and does a great job.  You cannot go wrong with either one.

Secondly, you can contact us and we will be happy to produce your video for you.  I have produced the videos for my sons and also for some of our athletes – an example is http://kaleybell.prospectsites.com/videos/

Just get in touch if you would like a quote.  There are many other options available to you as well.

How Long Should the Video Be?

I get asked this question a lot.  Rule of thumb from my perspective is 2 to 3 minutes.  Long enough to show everything you want to show but short enough to get to the point.  And, that brings me to another thought – when you are pulling in your clips into the video editor, cut them down so that you can see the play right away.  Don’t have the coach waiting for 10+ seconds to see the highlight.

So, hopefully I have given you some tips to help you get started and not to be overwhelmed by creating a athlete highlight video for recruiting.  This may be the single most important thing you can do to get exposure.  So, get started and take a shot!  And, if you need any help, just drop me a line.

 

John