College wrestling coaches don’t have the time to travel and see every recruit in person. Instead, they rely on highlight videos as an essential means for discovering talent. For your recruiting video to be effective, you need to know exactly what highlights wrestling coaches are looking for. By following the recommendations outlined here you’re taking the first step toward competing at the next level.
This article contains the specifics for wrestling and is part of the complete guide to making your own athletic recruitment highlight video.
You should include only match footage in your highlight video. We recommend using a tripod or resting the camera on something steady. Position the camera 5 feet off the ground and do not zoom in and out during the match. Most importantly, the camera view should not be obstructed by fans walking in front of the camera.
Your wrestling recruiting video should begin with a still frame stat sheet so the coach knows who you are. It should include, at a minimum, the following:
- Picture of you
- High school
- City, State
- Class year
- Your email address
What to film
When filming your recruiting video, focus on three key elements: yourself, your opponent and the referee. Try to capture as much of the mat as possible, including the referee.
You should film from the moment you step on the mat until you step off, even if the match hits a few slow spots. Include time between rounds and referee re-sets. Coaches want to see you wrestle, but they also want to see how you react to coaching between rounds. They want to see if you hustle back to the center when the referee calls out-of-bounds, your sportsmanship, and overall demeanor even when you are behind.
With a second camera if possible, film the individual, not team scoreboard. Capture the individual score between rounds and show the final score on the scoreboard.
After recording your raw footage, we recommend hiring a professional editor to create your highlight reel. Timepiece is a video editing marketplace where you can hire professional recruitment video editors to showcase your athletic abilities. Preview recruiting videos at www.timepiece.studio
When you are ready to share your recruiting video with coaches, use our email template to make first contact.
For more information on the recruitment process and making the best video, read the complete guide to making your own athletic recruitment highlight video. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us – email@example.com