Football Highlight Video Guidelines

Having a good recruiting video is extremely important for high school football players who hope to earn football scholarships.College coaches don’t have the time to travel and see hundreds of football recruits in person. That’s why a highlight video is one of the most important parts of your online resume.It takes just a few minutes for a well-made recruiting video to show coaches what a high school football recruit can do on the gridiron.But for your highlight video to be effective, you need to know specifically what football coaches are looking for. When it comes to recruiting videos, all sports aren’t the same. NCSA knows what football coaches want to see. For example, a football highlight video should use in-game clips and show the entire field. Punters, kickers and long snappers should also include skills videos not from game footage.If you follow NCSA’s guidelines and create an outstanding recruiting video, you’re taking the first step toward earning a football scholarship.

 

How to Film:

  • Be sure to film all of the players on the field, not just the featured player.

  • Give a wide enough angle so the coach can watch the entire play develop.

  • A tripod is highly recommended.

  • Shoot from an elevated location, with a clean line of sight.

  • The camera view should not be obstructed.

  • Do not zoom in and out. 

  • Game footage only

  • Skills footage is only required for Kickers, Punters, and Long Snappers.  Skills footage should be no more than 5 minutes in its raw form.

  • Footage must be on a lined field!

 

Position Specific Inclusions:

  • Defensive Backs should log:

    • All Big Hits & Big Plays

    • Open Field Tackles

    • Pass Deflections and Interceptions

    • Flowing to the play & Stopping the Run

    • Cover Speed (In Coverage & Downfield), Recovery Speed (Chasing Down a Play)

    • Away from the ball skills

  • Linebackers should log:

    • Solid Technique Tackles & Big Hits

    • Pass Drops – Lateral & Vertical Footwork

    • Pass Deflections, Tackles for Loss

    • QB Pressures, Knockdowns, Sacks

    • Gap Filling on Run Plays – Defeating the Block (OL & RB)

  • Defensive Linemen should log:

    • Solid Technique Tackles & Big Hits

    • Forced Fumbles & Batted Passes

    • QB Pressures, Knockdowns, Sacks

    • Tackles for Loss, Defeating the Block (OL)

    • DL Techniques – Swim Move, Spin Move, Bull Rush Technique, Rip Move

  • Punters and Kickers should log:

    • Skills footage and game footage

    • Kickers:

      • Film on a tripod 5 yards behind kicker and 2 yards to the side.

      • Kickoffs should be from the 30 yard line.

      • Punters:

        • Film from stands just like normal game film.

        • Follow ball after it is punted.

        • Every Solid Punt (Best Distance and/or Hang time)

        • All Punts Inside 20 and Beyond

        • All Tackles Made

        • Every Touchback KO

        • Successful Onside Kicks (no more than 3 on one given DVD)

        • All Successful Field Goals & 2-3 Successful PAT’s

  • Quarterbacks should log:

    • Touchdown Passes

    • Rushing Touchdowns

    • Precision Passes – Hitting WR in stride

    • Out Passes

    • Deep Throws

    • Quick Series Throws

    • Scrambles

    • 3 & 5 Step Drops – Footwork

    • Option Style Running QB Highlights

  • Wide Receivers should log:

    • Touchdown Catches

    • Great Fundamental Catches

      • a)Sideline Catch

      • b) In Traffic Catch

      • c) In Stride Catch

      • d) Tipped Ball Catch

      • e) Coming Back to the Ball Catch

      • Running with the Ball – Proper Technique, Breaking Away

      • Downfield Stalk Blocking, Crack Blocks

      • Yards After Catch

  • Running Backs should log:

    • All Touchdowns (Rushing & Receiving)

    • Yards after Contact

    • Breakaway Runs – Field Vision (Cutback Runs)

  • Offensive Linemen should log:

    • Solid Technique

    • Good Footwork

    • Low Pad Level

    • Pulling Blocks

    • Any Knock downs

  • Long Snapper should log:

    • Skills footage

    • Film from 5 yards in front of snapper and few yards to the side

    • Must have punter catching the snap.

    • Also include side view to show technique.

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