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Volleyball Recruiting Video: The Highlights College Coaches Want To See

Sports Recruitment

College volleyball 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 volleyball 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 volleyball and is part of the complete guide to making your own athletic recruitment highlight video.

Contents

  1. How to shoot your volleyball recruiting video
  2. Filming tips
  3. Athlete introduction
  4. Hitters – outside, opposite, and rightside
  5. Middles
  6. Setters
  7. DS/Libero
  8. Next steps

How to shoot your volleyball recruiting video

Former college volleyball recruiting cordinator Jessica Hohl of RoxVolleyball.com talks about how to make a highlight video.

Filming tips

When filming your recruitment video, use game footage only. Position the camera, if possible, on the side the player is on. You will want to keep the camera stationary so a tripod, or something steady, to rest the camera on is recommended.

Ideally, station the camera 5 feet off the ground and do not zoom in or out during play. The camera view should not be obstructed by the net, other players on the court, line judge, or people walking by. Also, do not move the camera or follow the ball while filming.

Make sure the player is always in the picture no matter where they are on the court without needing to move the camera. Every play, player, and ball placement does not need to be filmed. Focus on the player being filmed only.

For a setter, position the camera in the right back area of the court for the best view of the player. For the middle back or middle hitter position, station the camera off to the right side. For an outside, position the camera in the left back area of the court. Be sure you can see a hitters approach!

When the player is serving, this is the only time that the camera angle may need to be changed. After the player serves, move the camera back to the original position.

Athlete introduction

Your volleyball 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:

  • Name
  • Picture of you
  • Position
  • Jersey number
  • Height
  • High school
  • City, State
  • Class year
  • GPA
  • Your email address

Hitters – outside, opposite, and rightside

In your recruiting video, you should include the following highlights:

  • 10-15 hits/kills/backrow attacks
  • 5 blocks
  • 5-10 serve receive
  • 10 defensive plays/digs
  • 5 serves

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Middles

In your recruiting video, you should include the following highlights:

  • 15-20 hits/kills
  • 15-20 blocks/blocking footwork
  • 5 serves

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Setters

In your recruiting video, you should include the following highlights:

  • 20-25 sets
  • 5 attacks
  • 10 defensive plays/digs
  • 5 serves

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DS/Libero

In your recruiting video, you should include the following highlights:

  • 15-20 serve receive
  • 15-20 defensive plays/digs
  • 5 serves
  • 5 backrow attacks

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Next Steps

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 introduce yourself.

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 – athletes@timepiece.studio

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