Tennis Video Guidelines

Knowing exactly what college tennis coaches are looking for can make the tennis scholarship process a lot easier for men’s tennis recruits. NCSA’s tennis recruiting guidelines can help you decide the level of competition that you’re best suited for. The guidelines also give a tennis recruit an overview of how many tennis scholarships and college tennis programs are out there to choose from (in the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA).Knowledge is an extremely important tool in the tennis recruiting process. Learn from NCSA’s guidelines and make the job of finding a tennis scholarship a little easier.


How to film:

  • Rallies and match footage – film elevated from anywhere on the court so ball position can be seen.

  • Film from unobstructed view.  Do not film through fencing or chain link.

  • A tripod is highly recommended.

  • Do not zoom in and out.

  • Do not follow the ball or move the camera while filming.

  • Station the camera view so that the player is always in the picture no matter where they are on the court without needing to move the camera.

  • Always film so ball location can be seen.

  • Position the camera on one back corner of the court, and take film that shows the player both on the same side of the court as the camera and the opposite side.

  • Focus the camera so that only the player showcasing skills is in the frame.  Coaches are interested in mechanics, footwork and stroke work.


Specific Inclusions:

  • 10 forehand and 10 backhand strokes
  • 10 forehand volleys and 10 backhand volleys
  • 5 overheads
  • 20 serves, 10 from each side of the court
  • 10 Serve Returns, 5 from each side of the court
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