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Tips for creating an effective video to send to a college sports coach

Tips for creating an effective video to send to a college sports coach

If you are hoping to earn an athletics scholarship in order to go to college, then a well-presented, high-quality YouTube video of your sports highlights can be an excellent way to grab the attention of various coaches at the colleges that you’re hoping to perhaps attend.
But, it’s important to bear in mind that college sports scholarships are very competitive; only 2% of high school students are successful each application period! So, in order to stand out, focus on making your video interesting and engaging for your potential new coach. Here are some top tips on how to achieve that:

Consider professional help

There’s no denying that a professional videographer and camera operator will make a massive impact on your application video. If it is possible, getting somebody who makes sports videos for a living and knows how to get the best angles to really show off your skills will definitely be an investment that pays off.

You can also use video analysis software to easily analyze that footage in order to highlight the best moments to present to the coach. Nacsport is a good option to look at!

VIDEO: Nacsport in less than 3 minutes

Get the Right Music

Using music can make or break a sports performance video, and when you’re sending a clip of your best performances to coaches, you’ll want to ensure that the accompanying music is suited to the video and pleasurable for them to listen to.

Along with this, if you’re planning to upload your video to a public viewing site such as YouTube, it’s essential to ensure that you have permission to use any music that you use. The best option is to be cautious and make sure that you only use Creative Commons music.

In the following video, we will show you how to add a music file to an exported video with those key moments!

VIDEO: Add music to your presentations

Good/Professional Editing

When creating your scholarship application video, it’s important to make sure that you edit it before you send the final result to your coach. Again, during this process it is a good idea to get the help of a professional who knows exactly what to leave in and what to cut out in order to provide your potential coaches with the best viewing experience of your sporting abilities.

Nacsport’s presentation tool can be useful to get your best moments to export a good video to present. Also, you can add a cover and some transitions to your clips. Look at the following tutorial to learn how to do it and how to get a professional video.

Along with this, it’s a good idea to get your high school sports coach to ‘edit’ your video from an athletic angle, by spotting anything that could potentially put a college coach off giving you a place. Click here for more information on various college sports scholarships.

VIDEO: Create presentations
VIDEO: Transitions for exported videos

Provide various angles

When filming your sports performance video, ensure that your camera operator is able to catch your performance from a range of different angles. Doing so will enable your potential coaches to see the way you play from every angle and give them a clearer overall idea of what to expect from you as an athlete.

Along with this, they will also be able to spot any potential areas of weakness easier – so be aware of this when you are filming and practicing.

VIDEO: Angles viewable in timeline

When applying for a sports scholarship at college, your application video is a crucial component. So, follow these top tips to ensure that you impress your potential new coach!
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