Men's Tennis Recruiting Video Guidelines

A good recruiting video is an important tool for high school athletes hoping to play college tennis.

College coaches don’t have the time to see dozens of tennis recruits in person. That’s why a good highlight video is a key part of your online resume. It takes just a few minutes for a recruiting video to show a tennis coach what a high school recruit has to offer.

For your highlight video to be effective, you need to know exactly what tennis coaches look for. In terms of what athletes need to include on a recruiting video, every sport is different. NCSA knows what tennis coaches want to see. For example, a tennis highlight video should combine match footage, rallying clips and skills footage.

If you follow NCSA’s guidelines and create an outstanding recruiting video, you’re taking the first step toward a college tennis scholarship.


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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