college recruiting videos

Discussion in 'College Tennis Talk' started by kctennis1005, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. kctennis1005

    kctennis1005 Guest

    any tips on what should be in a college recruiting video that a junior is sending to a college? what do coaches like to see?
  2. xtremerunnerars

    xtremerunnerars Hall of Fame

    Sep 29, 2005
    Right behind you, but i'll be gone before you fini
    I'm making a video for a kid who is looking to play lacrosse but also plays hockey, football, and soccer.

    My plan for the video is to show a bio (physical stats) as well as awards and merits both academic and athletic. After that there's a personal statement from him saying why he's a good choice, what he can bring to a team, and what he wants to get out of college and college athletics.

    The highlights follow that. Coaches are looking for a kid that they can coach to be a great player, so you need to show everything.
  3. 10isDad

    10isDad Hall of Fame

    Jul 21, 2006
    Went to a seminar at Quiksilver/Roxie where a women's head coach was present. He said too many kids are sending in videos of their strokes. He said most college coaches want to see match play, specifically match play where the prospective player is playing somebody better than they or their own level. At the very least, do not edit out points you happen to lose.

    He said the videos he's most interested in are videos from actual tournaments rather than a practice set and that he can tell all he needs from watching 3 games.

    He said if he gets a video where it appears somebody is getting fed balls and going through their strokes, he pretty much discards it right away unless they're somebody he's heard of. He also said a video where the player is playing somebody significantly worse than them is also something that is discarded.
  4. socrates2007

    socrates2007 New User

    Aug 21, 2006
    I completely agree. I have watched and talked with college recruiters at a futures tournament. They seem to be more concerned with a player's mental and emotional health than with his or her strokes. They want to know how the person behaves on court, that's where the flaws and strengths really come out.
  5. feyya

    feyya Banned

    Jun 23, 2007
    on the tennis courts
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2008
  6. tenniskillz

    tenniskillz Rookie

    Feb 5, 2007
  7. rosenstar

    rosenstar Professional

    Jul 24, 2006
    It should be a video of you playing points with someone around your level. From the coaches and players I've talked to, the coaches are really looking to see if you can construct a point. they want to see if you have the ability to plan shots ahead of time, instead of simply bashing balls.
  8. babolatking

    babolatking Rookie

    Oct 16, 2007
    The "mond", VA
    i think tennis recruting now can put vids on your profile
  9. vndesu

    vndesu Hall of Fame

    Jul 18, 2007
    if you want a good example just search up adam hunts video on youtube.
  10. feyya

    feyya Banned

    Jun 23, 2007
    on the tennis courts
    What about Mike Hunt?
  11. Coach Carter

    Coach Carter Rookie

    Jan 3, 2006
    West Point, GA

    match slice ups or club pro sessions.

    I want to see good and bad...I'd love to see a loss to a better player to see how you're handling yourself and how you're thinking through the match.
  12. MLoutch

    MLoutch Rookie

    Jul 12, 2005
    Coach Carter said it best

    We just went thru this with my daughter - She is a rising Sr. and just last week committed to play Lacrosse (over Tennis!!!) at the D1 level -
    FIRST and formost is target schools YOU will be happy at! do not go for the coach, the uniforms, mascot, history...etc. Look at schools you will be happy at playing and going to class at as YOU will be there for 4 yrs (very often the coach will leave before you).

    As for Video's tape a match vs a better player - maybe a tourny against a highr ranked player - or set up a match vs. a local pro or again another top jr. The coaches want to se how you play but also how you adjust and respond to pressure and different situations. DO NOT send a highlight reel - anyone can look like a superstar and the coaches will toss it.

    Also create a 1 page Resume with a to the point cover letter - SELL YOURSELF - You can call all the coaches you want (they all list at minimum email on the schools website) ask them questions

    Remember Coaches get tons of emails and dvd's from players and you need to stand out - both in your ability and attitude.

    A financial aid package from a D3 school with a great program where you can play sooner can be alot better than no $$$ or having to walk on at the D1 level where you may not play much.

    In Truth you are starting late as by now most coaches have been looking at kids since they where rising Jr.s - we started our process after my daughters freshman year at camps and tournaments targeting schools.

    good luck
  13. luca85

    luca85 New User

    Dec 21, 2007
    I played this guy, lost to him 6-1 2-6 10-6 few months back. I think hes got offers from various colleges with almost full scholarships so he must be doing something right in his video.
  14. ChuDat

    ChuDat Professional

    May 21, 2007
    I hear he'll be playing for Mercer University
  15. region2champion

    region2champion Rookie

    Sep 18, 2008
    Way behind the baseline
    When I go on tennisrecruitng i cant find videos
  16. dallasoliver

    dallasoliver Rookie

    Aug 11, 2007
    311 allows players to link YouTube videos directly on their profiles. Here are a few recent examples...

    We went live with this feature about a year ago, but we have not done a good job of promoting it or making it known. We have plans to make video more prominent on the website in 2009.

    You can learn how to upload video on your profile here:

    I hope this helps.

  17. Bjorn99

    Bjorn99 Hall of Fame

    Oct 21, 2006
    test test
  18. BergTennis03

    BergTennis03 Guest

    i played D1 tennis and was captain of my team my senior year. During my senior season I sat with my coach and watched some of his receruitment videos he received. He definately paid WAY more attention to those who sent him videos of actual matches. It's a good idea to have a match taped, and edit in stats, and academic accomplishments that stream before the match starts. Nothing gives the impression of how you play better than a tough tournament match. Make it a good one, not one you just steamroll over some chump. Some people would send in training videos, and workout videos and such. We would watch those, but coach was definately paying more attention to the tournament play.

    If a coach has already came and seen you play multiple tournaments, then a workout video might be a good idea, or a video may not be necessary.

    however, if he hasn't seen you play, there really is no substitute for the tournament match

    good luck

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