BASKETBALL FILMING PROCEDURES
The most effective basketball videos are a combination of a hi-light and game video. A resume should accompany the video.
The video should begin with a short introduction. The introduction can be live or it can be a still or moving picture of the player with the name of the player, uniform number, height, vertical leap, graduation date or classification, high school honors, address, phone number and e-mail address scrolled across the scene.
The hi-light portion of the video should be about 5-6 minutes long. It should show clips of offense, defense, rebounding and running the floor. College Sports Exposure has slow-motion capability which helps to emphasize select scenes. For example, if a player jumps in slow-motion, the air gap under their feet is emphasized. The hi-light portion can have music or no music.
The purpose of the hi-light portion is to encourage the college coach to watch the game portion. In basketball, a good player may not touch the ball for 5 or 10 minutes because there are 9 other players on the court, 2 referees, and time-outs. College basketball coaches have told College Sports Exposure that if they don't see the player making a contribution early in the video they will turn it off and look at another!
The game portion of the video shows an entire game. Coaches like to see the time-outs, half-times and wasted time before the administration of free throws edited out so that the video is more entertaining to view. The game portion shows the good plays with the bad plays. The game portion allows the coach to evaluate how the player handles the transition between offense and defense. Coaches do not want music on the game portion. They prefer to listen to the game and hear what is going on during the game.
Many high schools video their games. Most of these high schools use outdated camcorders. College Sports Exposure films the games on digital film which is a higher quality. The high coaches usually use youth to film the high school videos. Many times they zoom in on the players too much and miss the targets the passes are going to and the transitions from offensive to defense.
College Sports Exposure also marks the player with a dot or hotspot. Dot marking or hotspot insure that the college's coaches spend their time viewing the proper player and not a teammate.
SOCCER FILMING PROCEDURES
The video should be accompanied with a resume that gives the season statistics, record, player's name, address, and phone number, and the name of the coach and the coach's phone number.
Soccer videos consist of an introduction, highlights and a game. The highlights should be about 5 minutes long. They are useful to the college coach when they haven't seen a player play live. If they see a prospect that can help their program after viewing the video, then they make special arrangements to see the player in live action.
n Texas, there is only one Division I Men’s College Soccer program; i.e. SMU. As a consequence, it is critical for talented high school boys to advertise their soccer talents with a video to Division I Men’s programs outside of the state of Texas. Evaluate your State’s colleges. Your state may have a similar situation.
Introduction -- The video should start with a brief introduction by the player where the gives their name, height, positions, academic information, high school, travel teams, years played and awards. Most importantly, the player also gives their uniform number and a brief description of themselves or attire, i.e. ponytail, ankle brace, etc. The uniform number and player description helps the coach identify the prospective player in the video.
Game Segment -- The full field game segment consists of about 14 to 15 plays or scenes from two or three games. A scene should show the player getting in position to receive the ball, what the player does with it and the result of a play. The technical ability of the player, i.e. dribbling, passing, shooting, tackling, trapping and other skills should be shown. The player’s uniform number should be titled onto the first scene to help the coach identify the player.
Small Sided Game Segment -- In place of a full field game, some coaches are content to see a five-minute segment of the player in a small sided game, i.e. 5 vs 5 or 6 vs. 6. This could be filmed at a practice session.
Goalkeeping -- Goalkeeping videos are a combination skill and game Hi-light video because plays usually ends in the keeper’s hands.
GOLF FILMING PROCEDURES
Golf videos are skill videos. Usually, the videos are 3-5 minutes long. An introduction where the player introduces themselves is optional.
A variety of shots are filmed from the back, front, and a side angle. The variety of shots filmed include the player's full swing (2-3 times), putting stroke, a pitch shot from distances of approximately 40 to 70 yards and a few chip shots. The full swing should be shown in slow motion so that the coach can see where the player is at the top and at impact.
FIELD HOCKEY FILMING PROCEDURES
Field Hockey videos consist of an introduction, skills portion, and a game. The player should introduce themselves and talk about why they like field hockey and why they wish to play field hockey in college. The high school hockey coach can introduce themselves and discuss the player's field hockey and academic qualifications.
The skills portion can include the "Box Agility", "M Agility", "Grapevine Agility", "Zig Zag Run", ball control dribbling, passing, 1 vs 1 attack, 1 vs 1 defense, 2 vs 1 attack, 1 vs 2 defense and passing and shooting drills in practice.
A full game should be added after the skills portion. It is helpful if the player is marked.
ICE HOCKEY FILMING PROCEDURES
Ice Hockey videos for field players are game videos. An introduction is not necessary. The player’s uninterrupted play during their shift should be edited into their video. A letter from the player and resume should be included with the video.
For goalies, edit all their saves, not just their good ones. Also, edit them playing the puck behind the net as well. A letter from the player and resume should be included with the video.
GYMNASTIC FILMING PROCEDURES
Gymnastics Video should be 3 to 5 minutes long. It should consist of an Introduction, hi-lights of skills in competition and the skills the gymnast is training on. The video footage and skills should be filmed and edited professionally so the gymnast can impress the college coaches. Music is fine, but most coaches just fast forward through the music and gadgets on the video.
Introduction -- There should be a Brief Introduction with the gymnast speaking about themselves. They should mention their name, where they train and compete, when they plan to graduate, academic information, what level they compete at and who their coaches are. There can be something that scrolls downs with their birthday and security number.
Skills in Competition -- The skills in competition is a hi-light of three or four scenes from each event (competitive vault, balance beam, etc.) they compete in. This is filmed in competition and not at practice. It is footage from a competition that they participated in during the past year and not when they were in the 9th grade. The quality of the video needs to be very good, i.e. up close (not back in the stands somewhere) so the college coach can see the player and skills and not blurred footage.
Skills Training On -- The second segment is the skills that the player is working on but are not quite competition ready. These are skills that the player is working on with the coach and spotting may be necessary.
Once the top 5 or 6 players are identified, the coach usually calls them and asks them for their more recent competitive footage.
WATER POLO FILMING PROCEDURES
Water Polo videos are either game videos or hi-light videos or both. The athlete should be identified by cap number. The hi-lights should consist of offensive plays, defensive plays, and transition plays. The game should be against a top contender. An introduction can be included. The athlete can introduce them self and state what game is being filmed, a little about the team, what they are trying to do and a little about the opponents
CHEERLEADING FILMING PROCEDURES
Cheerleading videos are used to select cheerleaders for try-outs. Since the competition for the try-out spots is so intense, it is best to get the video footage filmed and edited professionally.
Introduction or Interview -- Candidate introduces herself, academics, family ties to the University, the reason for trying out to be a cheerleader at the University and gymnastics and cheerleading background.
Leading a Cheer -- Film the candidate at a football or basketball game or pep rally to show candidate's ability to lead a Fight Song, cheer or sideline chant.
Flips, Tumbling & Stunts -- Film the candidate performing a standing backspring, standing back tuck, back handspring backtuck, tumbling pass, toss low torch with reverse cradle, toss lib, cradle dismount, toss stretch and optional stunts and dismounts.
EQUESTRIAN FILMING PROCEDURES
Equestrian videos are 15 to 20 minutes long. The rider is filmed going through a typical lesson or practice. If the prospective student rides western, they should show western pleasure on a rail, horsemanship patterns and reining. If the prospective student rides English, they should show any equitation on the flat and over fences if they jump. The video should show the rider's body position; i.e. leg angle, arm angle, and upper body. The video should show the rider on more than one horse and on horses varying in skill level. The rider's attire should be fitted clothing, proper boots, shirt with sleeves and tucked in, a belt and no chaps.
A resume should accompany the video. The resume should describe the rider's experience and accomplishments. Also, the resume should provide a brief description of the horse's experience.