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How to Make a Volleyball Recruiting Video That Gets Noticed

Women's volleyball recruiting video guidelines.

An athlete’s recruiting video is their chance to make a great first impression on a college coach. It shows the athlete’s skill level and athleticism, and it helps coaches figure out who might be the right athletic fit for their team. There’s a lot riding on an athlete’s recruiting video, so families need to take the time to really understand what coaches are looking for, how to capture the right footage and what it takes to put the finished product together.

How to use volleyball highlight videos in your recruiting

An athlete’s recruiting video—also referred to as a volleyball highlight video—should be the first thing that they send college coaches when they contact them. If the coach likes what they see, they might request full game footage or more clips. At the very least, it will encourage the coach to strike up a conversation to learn more about who the recruit is as a student-athlete if the coach’s interest in piqued by the video.

Generally, coaches will watch the first 10–25 seconds of a recruit’s volleyball highlight video and have a good idea of if they are interested in pursuing that recruit. So, make those first 10–25 seconds extremely impactful. Families should put their best footage at the beginning to really capture the coach’s attention right away.

Volleyball recruiting tip: Many recruits make the mistake of creating one volleyball recruiting video—and then stopping! Instead, families should create a new video after every major tournament (such as a national qualifier, super regional, etc.). Then, they should send the new video out to coaches of interest. This is a great way to stay on coaches’ radar and continue communicating with them. Try sending a new video every three or four months.

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How long should a high school volleyball highlight video be?

A volleyball highlight video should be no more than three to five minutes long. It should focus on showing multiple repetitions of a few specific skillsets based on the athlete’s position—and it needs to make the recruit look like an all-star! Don’t waste time with clever transitions and music; keep it to the basics and really highlight the athlete’s best plays. 

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Volleyball recruiting video services

Many families opt to pay for a volleyball recruiting video service to create their volleyball highlight video for them. This can be extremely beneficial, as the right video service will know how to create a seamless video experience. Here are a few video recruiting video services that can help families put together a great film:

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Volleyball recruiting video tips: Where to stand and what to look for

The first rule of filming a volleyball highlight video: avoid moving the camera around too much. Set up the camera on the baseline of the court on the side your athlete is playing on. Make sure you’ve set it far enough back to capture the whole court, but there won’t be people walking back and forth in front of it. Avoid filming by hand, following the ball with the camera, and zooming in and out. The smoother the video experience, the more coaches will be able to focus on the athlete—not the shaky videography. 

When editing the video, start out with a quick slide that gives a few basic pieces of information about the recruit: their name, grad year, position, jersey number, club team name and height. Recruits can also add some key stats, like vertical jump, etc. Families should also make sure that they add a drop shadow, arrow or some other indicator of who their daughter is, so the coach evaluates the right athlete. From there, athletes have about 10–20 seconds to capture a coach’s attention, so put the best plays at the very beginning of the video.

Volleyball recruiting tip: Many clubs film the games for their athletes. Families should check with their club coaches about how they recommend capturing footage for a recruiting video.

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What happens after a coach watches a volleyball highlight video?

The next step that the coach will take depends in part on their division level. If a D1 coach is interested in a recruiting video, they will likely add that recruit to their database and arrange a time to watch that athlete compete in person. For the other levels, if the coach is in the region, they might try to arrange a time to watch the recruit compete in person. If they aren’t in the athlete’s region, they will likely base their recruiting of that athlete entirely off video.

Coaches might also ask to see full game film, so families should make sure that they have it ready. Remove all dead times—such as side changes, time outs, substitutions, etc.—so the coach can focus on the athlete.

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Volleyball recruiting video outside hitters

  • Multiple repetitions of passes off a live serve from left back, middle back and right back
  • Multiple repetitions of attacking on the left side, right side and middle (second tempo sets, in the middle)
  • 5–7 blocks
  • If there’s time, no more than 3–5 of your best serves 
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Volleyball recruiting video right-side hitters

  • 5–7 blocks on the right side
  • 10–15 hits, kills, back row attacks
  • 10 defensive plays/digs from right back
  • If there’s time, no more than 3–5 of your best serves
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Volleyball recruiting video middle blockers

  • Multiple repetitions of middle blocking, showing footwork to block on left and right
  • Multiple repetitions of blocking transition to attacking
  • 10–15 hits/kills
  • 5–7 attacks off serve receive
  • 5–7 attacks from transition (blocking to loading to attacking)
  • If there’s time, no more than 3–5 of your best serves 
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Volleyball recruiting video setters

  • 15–20 setts from all the positions: middles, outside LR
  • 5–7 blocks from right front
  • 5–7 attacks
  • 7–10 digs/defensive plays from right back
  • If there’s time, no more than 3–5 of your best serves 
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Volleyball recruiting video liberos

  • Multiple repetitions of passing in all three positions
  • Multiple repetitions of defense in all three positions
  • Show ability to pass the ball no matter how much of the court you need to take
  • Back row attacks, if applicable
  • If there’s time, up to 5 of your best serves
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