Scouting is not what it used to be. Coaches no longer stand on the sidelines, scouring sports fixtures for the next "Wonder Kid" for hours on end. Technology has changed the game completely, with highlights videos becoming the most popular means of talent identification. With the 4th Industrial revolution high on the horizon, video content sharing has enabled international athletes to connect with the best USA college coaches at an unprecedented speed. Simply put, without a highlights reel, you are effectively invisible to global opportunities. Get one, fast!
When Will You Need Footage?
There are two occasions when an athlete will need video footage;
1. Aspire Atlantic Scholarship Evaluation
When applying to the Aspire Atlantic Scholarship Program, athletes will need video footage to showcase their talents to our recruiters. College coaches can start communicating with athletes from June 15th of their Grade 11 year. You will want to have your footage ready by the end of grade 10 to be assessed by our recruiters who will then prepped you for first college contact.
2. USA College Recruiting
You will need video footage when communicating with Coaches who will want to see how you perform in matches and practice sessions. To ensure you have enough, record the entire grade 10 and 11 seasons.
9 Must Do's
When creating your highlight videos, there are 9 super important "Must Do's". College coaches are extremely busy, so make sure you have a video that captures their attention immediately (first 20 seconds) and compels them to watch the entire video. Miss this opportunity and coaches will not waste their time.
1. High-Quality Camera: Use a high-quality camera that films at 720p to 1080p. Cellphones are discouraged, although this may work for certain sports.
2. Use a Stand: To avoid shakey or amateur-looking footage, a camera stand is a must.
3. Record the Entire Game: You do not want to zoom in on a specific player and miss the rest of the game. Coaches want to see if you complete your passes or score your goals.
4. Third Person Videography: The person filming your game should not be a family member. Parents and siblings tend to get distracted by the game itself and often miss important plays.
5. Zoom Control: Use the zoom sparingly as to not make the viewer seasick. Find the right distance and angle at the start of a game and leave the zoom alone.
6. Recent Clips: Make sure your video footage has been taken within the last 12 months. If you are 17, college coaches do not want to see you play when you were 14.
7. More The Merrier: Record as many games as possible, the more you have, the better it will be for you to identify quality sections of play to include in your highlights reel.
8. Full Games: Record and save the full games as some coaches may want to see a full game.
9. When To Start Filming: Begin filming in Grade 10 and do not stop until you have secured a scholarship.
Additional Video Tips
1. Include some personal information at the beginning of your video; your name, position, height, weight, GPA, and SAT score. You may want to also include important statistics such as your Handicap, UTR and Personal Best Times.
2. Identify yourself with an arrow or circle in the video where it may be difficult to see you.
3. Add your best clips at the beginning of your video; you will want to showcase your highest qualities first.
Does Every Sport Need A Video?
Not every sport will need a video, but it is an outstanding element to showcase your abilities. Sports such as Swimming and Track and Field do not require footage, but coaches may want to see your training and technique. Sports that will require footage are; Soccer, Hockey, Tennis, Golf, Water Polo, Basketball, Rugby, Baseball and Softball.
The length of your highlight video shouldn't be too long, 5 minutes is usually enough. However, some sports will be longer or shorter. For Golf and Swimming, your videos will be around 3 minutes, and for Tennis, your video will be approximately 10 minutes.
Cut! That's a Wrap!
Thanks for reading our blog! One of the most important elements when pursuing a Sports Scholarship in the USA is a brilliant highlights video. If you follow the steps mentioned above, you will be well on your way to studying and competing at the US collegiate level. Should you have any questions, please comment below or email Info@usascholarships.co.za
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