Athletic highlight video


Every student-athlete wants college coaches to watch them play live, but college coaches don’t have much time to see everyone play live so they rely a lot on athletic highlight videos. This is why it’s very important for every high school athlete to have an athletic highlight video to help with their recruiting process.

There are a number of companies that create highlight videos for a fee, or you can make a great highlight video yourself following these rules.


  • Music – Forget the music! Coaches watch athletic highlight videos to see the athlete in action, the music is a distraction and serves no purpose. The truth is most college coaches mute highlight videos when they watch them.
  • Title – Add a title screen (the first 5-10 seconds of your film).  Include: Name, position(s), height, graduation year, jersey number, stats, & contact information.
  • Length – Highlight videos should be between 3-5 minutes. Do not go over 5 mins! Most college coaches won’t watch your highlight video if it exceeds 5 minutes.
  • Identify Yourself – Indicate where you are on each play. Use an arrow to point yourself out so coaches can easily follow you.
  • Scenes – Each scene should start exactly when the play starts. This is not game film, coaches don’t want to watch 20 seconds of dead play before the next play starts.
  • Quality – Highlight video should be as high quality as possible. College coaches don’t want to squint to find you or see the plays.

The emphasis on athletic highlight video has become more important in recent years.  For most sports, a highlight video is an essential first step in the evaluation and recruitment process.  

You want your athletic highlight video to help your recruiting process, not hurt it. So stick to these rules and you’re well on your way.


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