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

High School Athlete Recruiting Video

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

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:

– Creating a highlight video is really expensive.  I need the best equipment, etc.

– How do I know which shots are the most important?

– Once I have the video, how do I pull it together?

– 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
camcorders for recruiting videos

Athlete Recruiting Videos

Not rocket science here.  But, what is misunderstood is that your camera doesn’t have to cost $2000.

I have personally used a Sony DVD camera and my personal phone to film all of my sons videos.

Some can be taken on a tri-pod and some are hand held.  Depends on the athlete’s sport and position.  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.  Just $99.   I have produced the videos for my sons and also for some of our athletes – an example is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vA7M2BzBErw

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

How Long Should the Athlete Recruiting 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.

 

We Produce Videos

At Prospectsites.com, we have had the privilege of producing many videos for aspiring college athletes.  We use a very straight forward approach and apply the principles listed above.  And, they work.  Our athletes get the attention of college coaches and get you where you need to be – in front of a coach at a college visit.

Check out some of our videos here:  http://prospectsites.com/athletevideos/

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

The College Recruiting Process for High School Athletes

The college recruiting process is one of the most exciting times in a high school athlete’s life.  It is the time when all you have done to maximize your potential as a high school athlete intersects with the search process the colleges put in place to find athletes to make their teams better.

So, how do you get noticed?  Here are a few simple steps.PS_Logo_smtrans

  1. Produce a 3 – 4 minute highlight video of your accomplishments.  This does not require expensive camera equipment to get the job done.  Our athletes have been filmed with hand held cameras, cell phones and digital cameras which also record video.  Then all you need is video editing software like Power Director.  Once you create your video, upload it to youtube.
  2. Gather all your stats into a single document.  Stats are important and they demonstrate how you perform and importantly if you have improved over time.
  3. Get letters of recommendation.  These letters should be from coaches, teachers and other leaders in your life and should not only highlight your performance but your character and how you contribute to your community.
  4. Gather all of the articles that have been written about you.  These articles can go a long way toward telling your story to a college coach.  There is nothing better than being verified by a third party.
  5. Get your transcript.  Your grades are as important as your athletic ability ~ maybe more so.  Or, at a minimum, your grades can help a coach decide to select you over your competitor – assuming your athletic skills are comparable.

Now, that you have all of this ~ what do you do?
Build your online resume.  That is right – online.  We believe that developing a paper resume is yesterday’s answer to today’s recruiting challenge.  If you are submitting a typed profile through the mail you are getting lapped by your competition.

And that is where we come in.

You can upload all of the content just mentioned into your very own website and give coaches a link to your full story – online.

Out with the old and in with the new!  Get a prospectsites.com athlete website today and learn how to market yourself to college coaches and be recruited.

Give us a call with any questions you may have.

College Athletic Recruiting – Get in the Best Shape You Possibly Can!

If you are going to maximize your performance, you are going to have to get in peak physical condition.  One of the best ways to do that is P90X.  I have personally been through about 60 days of the program.  My oldest son and one of his best friends finished the whole 90 days. I can tell you the difference in the conditioning versus traditional off-season workouts did not even compare.

There are 12 different workouts that will improve your endurance, your flexibility and your strength.  I highly recommend it.  And, I think a program like this will give you an edge versus your competition.

Put it this way….   Just imagine that somewhere, someone else is making the commitment to get that additional edge by getting in the best physical condition possible so that they can perform at their best and get the attention of a college coach.

Commit to getting in the best shape of your life.  Visit Beachbody.com