When it comes to evaluating potential recruits, many college coaches don’t have the time or budget to watch recruits compete in person. Instead, coaches rely on athletes’ recruiting videos to review and determine whether potential recruits are worth pursuing. To find recruiting videos, college coaches search recruiting databases, like NCSA. To help student-athletes create a recruiting video that highlights what college coaches are looking for, we’ve outlined the process below, starting with capturing footage and then what to do with the video when it’s completed.
Getting on a college coach’s radar is no easy feat, and women’s tennis athletes need to be prepared in order to stand out from other recruits. One of the best ways to get noticed and evaluated by a college coach is through a tennis skills video, which also provides tennis recruits the opportunity to showcase their athleticism and technical abilities.
Check out the video below to get expert advice from former D1 tennis player and coach Heather Gage. She shares her tips for creating a tennis skills video that will help women’s tennis recruits stand out, including:
If an athlete doesn’t have a recruiting video on their NCSA Recruiting Profile, they hurt their chances of being noticed and recruited by college coaches. Many times, a recruit’s first impression on a college coach is made through a recruiting video. To make the most out of their recruiting budget, college coaches will start the recruiting process by watching recruiting videos. After the coach has reviewed an athlete’s skillset in a recruiting video, they can decide whether they want to allocate any of their budget to see the athlete compete in person. Creating a tennis highlight video increases the recruit’s exposure to college coaches.
When capturing recruiting video footage, student-athletes need to highlight their grasp of the fundamentals and how they use their physical power and tennis IQ to elevate these basic shots, which include forehands, backhands, serves, returns and volleys. To highlight these shots, capture footage of the athlete rallying with a partner feeding a variety of different shots, like wide balls, short balls and spin. This will help the recruit demonstrate how they react to different shots, as well as their speed, agility and endurance when it comes to footwork. Demonstrate how the recruit sets themselves up for each shot and recovers to the middle quickly after returning the ball.
Aside from skills footage, recruits should also include match footage. This gives coaches an opportunity to see how an athlete sets up points and follows through. Be sure to include footage from matches against tough competition to show how the athlete handles pressure and how they carry themselves on the court when challenged.
Below we’ve outlined the three main steps to creating a recruiting video. Before a recruit starts this process, they should first review the section above on what college coaches want to see in a tennis highlight video.
Do not exceed three to four minutes when creating a recruiting video. College coaches only have so much time to spend evaluating recruits, so athletes need to catch the coach’s attention within the first 30 seconds of their recruiting video. This is why it’s so important to lead with the strongest clips that highlight the recruit’s skillset.
When filming rally play, include the following:
Point play, or match footage, should highlight:
Creating a recruiting video doesn’t have to be a daunting task. NCSA has a team of talented video editors that are dedicated to helping recruits turn raw video footage into a well-crafted, cohesive recruiting video that can be used to promote their skillset. A professionally edited recruiting video looks great on an athlete’s NCSA Recruiting Profile, which college coaches can easily access.