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Five Steps to Creating a Field Hockey Highlight Video

By Next College Student Athlete | Jan. 15, 2021, 3:40 p.m. (ET)

A highlight video is a popular recruiting tool used by college coaches to evaluate an athlete’s skillset and determine whether they are a good fit for their team. Every field hockey athlete should have a highlight video that college coaches can easily access and watch, but one needs to first understand what college coaches are looking for and how to capture, edit and promote the footage.

Below is a five-step guide to creating an eye-catching field hockey highlight video:

Step 1: Understand what college field hockey coaches want to see
Before you can even begin the process of creating a highlight video, you need to first understand what college coaches want to see. Overall, coaches look to recruit well-rounded, versatile athletes, but they also have different expectations depending on what position you play. For goalkeepers, college coaches want video that focuses on two areas: shots and clearings. Coaches need to evaluate how well a goalkeeper can handle different shots to all areas of the goal and their ability to clear and distribute the ball to their teammates. If you’re a field player, coaches want to see video that showcases how you shoot, handle the stick and pass effectively to teammates.

Step 2: Capture footage at varsity matches
Once you understand what footage you should capture, it’s time to hit the field and start recording. Ideally, athletes should record varsity field hockey matches against tough competition that shows how the recruit handles pressure in competition, both mentally and athletically. To capture enough footage to create a three to four-minute video offering a variety of clips, you’ll need to record numerous matches.

Athletes should ask a family member, friend or coach to help capture footage on either an iPad, tablet or professional camera. Remind the person behind the camera to always stay focused on you, the primary player, at an angle wide enough to capture the entire play but zoomed in enough for the coach to clearly see the action.

Step 3: Review and edit footage
When you feel you’ve collected enough footage, it’s time to select clips and edit the video. As you review the footage, you’ll want to select 20 to 30 clips that clearly capture your skillset in your position. Lead the video with your most impressive clips to catch the coach’s attention, then follow up with clips that showcase key, position-specific skills. To make sure coaches know which athlete to keep their eye on, identify yourself with an arrow, circle or spotlight at the beginning of each clip.

While it may be tempting to include background music, it’s best to remove all sound from the video to avoid distracting the coach. You’ll also want to begin and end the video with your basic contact information: name, email, phone number and your high school/club coach’s contact information. This makes contacting recruits a lot easier for college coaches.

Step 4: Upload your video to your NCSA Recruiting Profile
With the video edited and ready to go, it’s time to upload it to your NCSA Recruiting Profile where college coaches can easily access it. As college coaches search NCSA’s recruiting network, they’ll be able to view your profile and watch your video. You’ll also want to upload your video to YouTube using a title similar to “[Full Name] Field Hockey Recruiting Video Class of 20[XX]” and include a link to your recruiting profile in the description.

Step 5: Send college coaches your highlight video
The best way to make sure coaches see your highlight video is to send an introductory email. Introductory emails are a great way for recruits to let a coach know they are interested in a program. In the email, include general information, academic and athletic stats, as well as a link to your highlight video. Finish your email with a clear next step, such as scheduling time to talk with them over the phone or video chat.

If you need assistance creating your highlight video, NCSA’s video editing team is here to help you turn your raw footage into a cohesive video that showcases your skillset to college coaches. To create an NCSA Recruiting Profile and work with our video editing team, click here.
This article is featured in the Summer 2020 issue of FHLife magazine.