College Recruiting Video Help

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  1. JustaParent

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    Hello all. I am at the stage of putting together a college recruiting highlight video for my 2003 daughter. I have no experience in this, just a number of games that were videotaped. What's the best way to get this done? Is it best to have a professional service do it - is it worth the money? Or is there an easy way to do it myself in iMovie? I spent the morning on YouTube looking for highlight videos to look at and found a whole bunch of bad ones. This is the best one I found:



    I'd appreciate any help and advice you can provide, thank you!
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    Edit one yourself using whatever tool your computer provides out of the box.

    Coaches don't really care about production values. They don't care about cool music; they don't care about anything but seeing the player in action, in several situations. The coaches don't have a lot of time, so it needs to be less than five minutes.

    Each clip should:

    1. Each clip needs to identify your player before the action. Use an arrow or a highlight.

    2. The leadup to the touch or defensive maneuver. Maybe five seconds before of getting into position, showing that the touch didn't happen accidentally.

    3. About five seconds after the touch. Did she stop running? Did her pass actually connect?

    4. Be zoomed out enough to show context.

    The high-quality videos are fun, but not necessary.

    Make sure you identify your player both at the beginning and end of the video; and give vital statistics: Graduation year being the most important, but position, GPA and SATs go a long way too.

    No need to spend money unless you don't have this skill in any way. Once you have the footage, it's really just an evening or two if you have any skill at all.
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    If you get somebody to do this, we've heard good things about (& we'll be using):
    www.itsawrapvideo.com

    -Shel
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    Agree iMovie is all you need if you have the patience and time. The hard part is identifying the player in the clip. I also think it’s also helpful to have your coach (or someone whose soccer judgment you trust, hopefully that’s your coach!) help you pick the clips. What we parents think shows our player off isn’t always the most accurate and as said above you’ve only got their attention for a few minutes.
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    A lot of it also depends on what position your daughter plays. It' much easier to find clips of her if she's an attacking player. A lot of people put her resume (awards, camps etc) on there, but like someone said, coaches don't care about that stuff..just put her name, year, club (first clip), coach and contact information on the second clip then start your video.

    If she is an attacking players, 1/3 should be dedicated to showcase ability to get by defenders, create space, and show off her "flair". 1/3 should showcase tactical/technical ability (passing and receiving, making good runs for scores are always good), and from what a coach once said, the other 1/3 should show other things she can do; ie. defend, win 50/50 balls, special moves, traps, nutmegs, etc. This really showcases the entire player's ability.

    I think it's hard to find as a defender unless he/she plays out the back. Both my kids were attackers so can't help you much with that. I actually found a decent defender highlight video....Hope this helps.

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    It is so hard to put together a good highlight video because we are drawn to the great plays but coaches (well, good coaches) watch so much more. They watch what the kid is doing when the ball is not close. They watch movement when they are still 2 or 3 passes from the ball. Movement is so important but if our kid does not actually get the ball, we tend not to include the clip while a coach might see a lot about a player's soccer IQ from the same sequence. And they worry less about mistakes and think less about the goals than the parents do ("oh, did coach X see that goal?" "oh, I hope coach Y did not see that turnover"). Obviously they know a HIGHLIGHT clip will be, well, the good stuff so following @soccercritique 's suggestions make a lot of sense to me.
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    my suggestions:

    anything showing great first touch

    speed

    leaping ability

    technical skills performed with quickness and in traffic

    ability to win 50/50 balls

    clips showing you winning the ball back after losing it

    no longer than 2 minutes long. Make the video unlisted and do NOT send the link to friends...only send to coaches and track who views and for how long in the analytics.
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  9. soccercritique

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    2-3 minutes is perfect. Leaping ability? Why is that important?

    Winning ball back is good also a good suggestion, especially for an attacking player! I would suggest making it public...coaches know coaches and you never know who's watching the videos! ;)
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    Heading and leaping ability is huge on set pieces and creating chances at the net.

    Obviously if you can’t judge a ball in the air, leaping ability is a non factor.
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    Would not make it public. If u send to a coach in tx, ID , NY , etc. you’ll be able to see if a person from that state actually watches
    And for how long. Make it unlisted.
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    Who cares if you know if a certain coach is watching your video. Sounds kind of stalkerish to me..lol You submit the video, if they like it, they'll call you coach/DOC, or show up to a game. That's how you know if they liked it. ;) But to each his/her own...
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    What is the downside of knowing who watches your video? Maybe you said and I missed it.
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    I made a quite few different videos during my daughter's club years to attach to a college recruit interest page. This was a longer one I used as a master, which I would cut down in Final Cut Pro X to about three minutes depending on what my daughter thought would get her noticed for a specific school. I would just remove clips or add newer ones and render a new one as needed. Definitely helped with the recruiting process.

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    That's my point...there is no downside of knowing who watches your video...what's the downside of making it public? I think it's more exposure...But then again, I don't think leaping ability is a BIG thing scouts look for. Heading it in the goal? yes.
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    craft a video just like you would regarding a resume - include the points the reader/watcher would be interested in viewing. scan interviews if possible or even ask the coach what he/she is looking for regarding a particular position. also watch the style of play his/her team plays and use as a template. different coaches look for different attributes sometimes and/or their "program" has a definitive "style of play", which suggests the type of player they'd be interested in seeing.
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    FWIW: I know one player - a sophomore at an elite Power 5 school (soccer and academics) who had a great highlight video that made a big impact - and I know a BUNCH for whom the highlight videos had zero impact. The point: don't stress over the video. If you get a good one, awesome and while it CAN help and it WILL be a nice, condensed, memory of this period of time in your child's life. But coaches are not going to make decisions based on highlights (since the coaches know they are, by definition, skewed) and will need to see full games and a wider angle than a video can show (since virtually all videographers track the ball).
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    Here is an example of a video with impact:

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    A good video more than likely gets them to come to your game.
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    It may but it may have zero bearing at all. It depends on the player and it depends on the school, it depends on the recruiting cycle and it depends on the team of that player (and whether it draws attention “just because”). Sometimes the kid is seen well before a video is put together and so a video is irrelevant. Sometimes coaches say, “I don’t want to see highlights, send me the entire game” so $$$ can be saved in customizing the video. This is anecdotal and I will use one example but I have many that are similar - I am close with one family that spent a lot of money to get a video (paid expedited processing, the whole shebang) and the video sucked (the parent never sent it to anyone) and the kid ended up with multiple offers with big money attached.

    But, as @Bulldog notes and I noted above, I also know of a small # of examples where a good video was helpful for an intro.

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