What footage should my field hockey recruiting video include?
Student-athletes should capture footage from varsity games and include 20–30 strong clips that show how they manage under pressure in competition, mentally and athletically. While student-athletes are generally inclined to use skills footage in their highlight video, this footage doesn’t always give college coaches an accurate look at what the athlete is capable of, especially in competition. The best way to give college coaches what they are looking for and truly demonstrate how an athlete performs under pressure is through game footage.
Field hockey recruiting video tips
A strong field hockey recruiting video captures a recruit’s athletic ability in a professional manner that engages college coaches. Below is a three-step guide to creating a powerful highlight video that will capture the attention of college coaches:
- Capture footage: Using an iPad, tablet or professional camera, capture enough footage at multiple varsity and club games to cover a three- to four-minute time span. The camera should always follow the primary player at an angle wide enough to capture the player's vision, movement with and without the ball, knowledge of position and passing with teammates. Further down this page, we detail what skills field players and goalies should highlight in their video.
- Edit footage: A highlight video should include 20–30 clips that clearly capture the athlete’s skillset that college coaches are looking for in that position. Start with the athlete’s most impressive clips to catch the coach’s attention, then continue with clips of the athlete performing key skills for their position. We suggest identifying the athlete with an arrow, circle or spotlight at the beginning of each clip to help coaches follow along. Begin and end the video with the athlete’s information: name, email, phone number and their coach’s contact information.
- Promote your video: After the video has been edited, recruits should upload the video to their NCSA recruiting profile and on YouTube where college coaches can easily access it. On YouTube, student-athletes should title their video “[Full Name] Water Polo Recruiting Video Class of 20[XX]” and include a link to their recruiting profile in the description.
We also recommend including the athlete’s highlight video in a recruiting letter to college coaches. This is an introductory email to kickstarts the relationship-building process with college coaches where student-athletes can use this letter to express their interest in a program and explain to the coach why they are a good fit for the team. This email should include general information, academic and athletic stats, as well as a recruiting video to introduce college coaches to their skillset. End the letter with a clear next step, such as setting a time to call the coach or inviting them to watch the athlete compete.
How long should my field hockey recruiting video be?
Field hockey recruiting video should be no longer than three to four minutes. Student-athletes have roughly 30 seconds to catch a college coach’s attention before they move on to the next highlight video, so it’s important to start the video strong. The athlete’s video should include a total of 20–30 clips that showcase the field and position-specific skills that are listed below.
What college coaches look for in a field hockey recruiting video
College coaches look for well-rounded athletes with strong stick skills, shooting and passing ability and versatility. Student-athletes will need to capture footage that clearly demonstrates their grasp of these areas to provide college coaches what they need to effectively evaluate the athlete. Of course, footage differs between field positions and goalies. Below we outline what field hockey goalies and field players should focus on when selecting footage for their highlight video.
What should a field hockey goalie skills video include?
Field hockey goalies need to focus their highlight video around two areas: shots and clearings. College coaches are looking to see how goalies handle a variety of different shots at all areas of the goal, as well as their ability to clear and distribute the ball.
- Shots: Goalies should include footage of someone shooting on the ground, at the crossbar and in the corners to demonstrate their ability to cover the goal against tough shots.
- Clearing: College coaches want to see how a goalie clears the ball from the goal and from outside the goal in the crease.
What should be included in a field hockey recruiting video for field players?
The primary skills that college coaches are looking for in field players include shooting, stick skills and passing. College coaches are also looking for athletes who are ambidextrous and offer versatility in their game.
- Shots: Include a variety of high, middle and low shots on goal that are taken both stationary and driving the shot.
- Stick skills: Athletes can include skills footage of handling the ball unguarded, but college coaches will be most interested in how the athlete handles the ball under pressure while guarded.
- Passing: Demonstrate passing laterally and forward to another player, as well as receiving lateral and forward passes from another player.
- Off-hand: Student-athletes should include footage of their shooting and passing skills using both their left and right hands.
How to organize and edit highlight video
Once student-athletes have captured enough footage, they’ll need to review and edit the video down to no more than four minutes. Student-athletes should first select the 20–30 strongest clips to include in the video. These clips should reflect what college coaches are looking for in the athlete’s position. After the athlete has selected the appropriate number of clips, they should identify the five strongest clips and lead the video with those plays to drawn in the coach’s attention. The athlete can follow these beginning clips with the remaining footage that highlights key, position-specific skills. To help college coaches remain engaged and track the correct player, athletes can use an arrow, circle or spotlight to differentiate themselves from the other players on the field.
The video should both begin and end with the athlete’s name, email and phone number, as well as their coach’s contact information. Including this small detail makes contacting recruits a lot easier for college coaches.
Field hockey recruiting video websites
The NCSA platform allows student-athletes to upload highlight video to their NCSA Recruiting Profile, which college coaches can easily access. Student-athletes should also publish their video to YouTube to boost visibility. After uploading, student-athletes need to title their video “[Full Name] Field Hockey Recruiting Video Class of 20[XX]” and include a link to their recruiting profile in the description. After the video has been uploaded to the athlete’s NCSA profile and YouTube, student-athletes should send an introductory email to college coaches with the unique link that YouTube provides.