| By Nexus Sports Staff |
Highlight videos are a key component to showcasing one's ability. But as previously stated, there are number of attributes that recruiters maintain are more important. Let's take a quick look.
1. Personality: recruiters want to know who you really are. Videos, stats and grades don't easily speak to your character. The interview process is very telling in that it allows coaches to ask questions to gauge your verbal and non-verbal responses. Do you make eye-contact when asked an uncomfortable question? Did you come prepared with questions of your own? Parents also play a vital role in the recruiting. How involved are they in the process? Are they helping you through it or running the show?
2. Grades: You are first and foremost a student. Never neglect it or take it for granted. How you handle the pressure of playing and studying, and workouts and possibly a part-time job helps you prove your claim in point #1 regarding character.
3. Statistics: Stats are a great asset that you clearly need to showcase. Depending on the sport, some stats are more geared towards athletic abilities (combine) as opposed to games stats. Either way, if you focus on your workout regiment and continue to show character during practice, the stats will follow.
4. Videos: Highlight videos are a great marketing tool. More and more sports now take advantage of them and more are sure to join them in the long run. However, making a highlight video for the sake of having one is not the right approach. There is a standard one must follow and the Next College Student Athlete (NCSA), a student-athlete recruiting firm in the USA, just published a great piece on the how to produce a quality video for a highlight film. Here are their recommendations:
a. Speak to the coach before the season starts: check with the coach to validate whether they are filming games or practices. Confirm ahead of time what you will have access to and what is off limits. If there is no filming - or poor quality - and you are serious about getting a highlight video done, look for alternatives which may involve parents, friends or a 3rd party.
b. Parent or videographer: should you have to resort to alternatives, be clear on the expectations at hand. Whoever is filming must be serious and not a fan (for the time being).
c. Angles and shots: Be sure to film the game from up close (centre of the field or court) but don't zoom in. Recruiters want to see the full picture. When it comes time to making the film, highlight where you are before the play begins, never stop a play in progress to highlight yourself.
d. Use a tripod: Nothing is worse than a shaky camera. Make sure to keep it steady. You can even get tripods for smartphones nowadays.
e. Keep It Simple, Seriously: KISS your video. Music and special effects aren't so special in the end. Stay focused.
f. Dry runs: whoever is filming you should make dry-runs during practice or impromptu sessions. Prepare a back-up plan during the summer and have this person film you during your OTAs or on your spare time. Practice makes perfect.
Click here to read the original publication from NCSA in USA Today High School.