Videos – Catch the coach’s eye!
To be a
recruited student athlete at any level (NCAA D-1, II, III, NAIA or JC) a coach
must see you play before he/she decides to recruit you and make an appeal to
admissions on your behalf.
limited time, money and human resources, coaches cannot possibly see every
athlete who comes across their radar.
But with a good film coaches don’t have to see you play in
Juniors who play winter and spring sports, you need to use your junior and
summer season highlights for the tapes you send out in your Senior Fall!
Keep these eight things in mind when making and sending your recruiting video.
- Label the tape, and include on
the video itself if possible, with the following information: Full name, address, phone, school, Jersey number and color, position(s), coach’s
name and number. Numerous coaches have told me how many tapes they get
with no information about who they are watching!
- Include about 10 highlight plays
at the start of the tape showing you in diverse situations. In football for
example, a running back would look to include the following types of
- Inside power running
- Outside running – beating a defender to the corner.
- Open field running – making people miss, breaking tackles
catching and route running.
- Leading Blocking and Pass blocking
- Break away run for a long gain showing speed.
- Short yardage or goal line – breaking tackles, moving the pile, etc
Depending on the sport – golf, tennis, baseball for example, a series of
drills or shots can display your talent on video, without it being in a match
or game. Remember the tape’s purpose is to convince the coach to take the
next step in recruiting you – which would be to call you or your coach
and have you come visit the school.
- Depending on the sport
(football, basketball, hockey, include running halves, quarters or periods
of play so the coach can watch you play in the flow of a game. A lot of what coaches look for
might not be in the highlights. Many like to see how you play off the ball
or away from the action.
- Keep it simple. Do not include
music, flashy animation, or ESPN™ like production for a highlight
tape. Coaches have to watch hundreds of tapes so make their job easier,
- Before you mail a tape or DVD
to a coach, qualify them first. Is the school one you are seriously
interested in? Does the coach
mind if you send a video? Are
you the level of athlete the coach actually recruits?
- If you want the tapes back,
include a self-addressed, postage paid envelope in your package. If you
can afford the cost of the tape, avoid doing this if possible.
- Do not spend a ton of money on
making your tapes. Often a talented fellow student is willing to help for
pizza and some movie tickets.
Your job is to obtain the game tapes from the school, note the time
of the highlights you want, supply the biographical information for
whoever is making the tape and provide the blanks for copying.
- Use a tripod and turn the sound
off if you are making home videos to use in the recruiting process. A shaky or grainy tape is something
coaches can’t stand.
Video is a powerful tool in the recruiting process, but only
part of it. As long as you show your skills to the coaches at schools where you
could be a good fit as a student and an athlete, the recruiting process will be
successful. Sending tapes to
schools where you would not be happy as a student and have little chance of
competing athletically will not lead to success and wastes time. Do your
homework first and the future will be bright.
Lauenstein, the author of
The Making of a Student Athlete, is a
recruiting expert whose site www.athletesadvisor.com provides students and parents with advice and information about the college
recruiting process. He is a regular contributor of articles to the CompuSports