Recruiting Tip No.5: Creating Your Video

If you choose to have a parent or a friend film the events, you can purchase a digital video camera for well under $300, depending on the format. Mini DV camcorders use small DV tapes and are excellent quality. Hard drive cameras and high definition cameras will cost a lot more and may appear to be better quality. However, the difference in quality when you post the video to the Internet is not worth the price difference.

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Once you have your camera and the necessary equipment like batteries and mini-DV tapes, you need to understand how to use the camera. It is not rocket science, but knowing how to start/stop recording and to zoom in/out are two of the most important "skills" needed to film an event. Practice with the camera before you start "officially" filming the event.

Filming from the right angles is important to ensure that recruiters can use the video for evaluations. Each sport will have its own specific requirements. However, there are general rules for filming.

  • Allow enough of the field/court to be viewable so coaches can see plays develop and see the execution of a play.
  • DO NOT zoom in too close where the only person in the frame is the athlete being filmed.
  • DO NOT zoom out too far where everyone looks like a "Hoo from Hooville."

Many coaches that I have spoken with want to see a wide enough area of the field where they can see the play developed, transitioned and executed. For example, in soccer, many videos show a player with a ball make a couple of moves with no one around and then pass the ball away without seeing where the ball went. Coaches don't know if your pass was on target or way off the mark.

The same goes in baseball and softball. Players fielding the ball in the infield will turn and throw, but the camera does not show where the ball goes and if it hit its target accurately.

The point is that coaches want team players and need to see you execute to the end of that particular play. The goal of the video is to make their job easier and to effectively separate yourself from the competition.

Having quality video can be the key ingredient in a successful recruitment process.

Once you have narrowed down your school options, the next step is letting them know that you are out there. The most efficient way is to create an online video profile with

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