How to create a highlight tape

One of the best ways to showcase your talent to a coach or scout is to provide them with a highlight tape.

The first thing you need to know when putting together a highlight tape is that coaches and scouts look at hundreds if not thousands of highlights every year.  This means that you need to get to the action right away.

Don’t have clips in your highlight that take too long to develop, as chances are coaches will either have lost interest or even turned it off by then. A good way to avoid having clips too long is to edit the clips before you put them in order so that they only show the specific segment of a given play that involves you.  

Another thing to know is that you want to put your best plays at the very beginning of your highlight tape. A lot of players go by the ‘save the best for last’ mentality, and that really doesn’t work. You want to stand out immediately, and making a great first impression goes a long way in a coaches’ film room.

Another thing to keep in mind is that a lot of athletes like to put music in the background of their highlights.  That’s ok, as long as the music has no profanities, but it’s good to know that a lot of coaching staffs just mute the audio on any highlight tapes that they get.

Finally, it’s important to keep in mind that athletes can make highlights of anything, it doesn’t necessarily have to be in game footage. A lot of the best players make the most spectacular plays in practice, so if you can, it’s good to take video of practices just in case.  You never know when you might just make a spectacular play. You can also videotape your workouts or even runs to show coaches that you have what it takes to physically compete within their expected workout requirements. Coaches are looking for someone that jumps off the film, so if you don’t have in-game footage of something you want to showcase then have someone take new videos for you.

A highlight tape is designed to showcase whatever it is you do best.  If you are a fast player, show that, if you are strong, show that too. Highlighting your strengths not only helps you stand out, but can ensure that you get recruited by a program that fits you as a player.

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