As the season moves along, you kicked a few field goals, bombed few into the end zone, maybe had a few good punts. You finally got some of the video from your school or someone took some pictures or video and gave them to you. Now what…. If you are a junior or senior in high school or a senior in college –its time to produce your own video! We normally recommend making a video less than 5 minutes, preferably in the three to five minutes area. Here are some tips to help you produce a butt-kicking highlight tape for college and pro scouts.
1) Best kicks must go first. As they say, first impressions are key to success. It’s the same here; you want to catch their attention in the first 30 seconds. In college (DI), they get over a couple hundred videos of kickers yearly – you need to stand out! A good news segment highlighting your kicks, or simply your longest kickoffs and field goals. I personally remember a student of mind getting picked up by a Pac-10 school because he had 15-20 kickoffs all close or over 4.00 seconds in hang time into the end zone as the first segment of his video.
2) Keep it short – When editing, don’t have 30 seconds between kicks. The video should flow fairly quickly and they should not be more than a few seconds apart
3) Make sure to add all you contact information in the beginning and in the end of the video. The last thing a coach needs is to go a hunt for your contact information. Put your name and high school at the bottom of the screen all the way thru the video. But that’s just me, if a coach has limited time and has been watching hundreds of video, making sure he remembers who is watching can only help.
4) If all else fails, get a professional. At TKS we recommend Sports Force Online, Sports Force (www.sportsforceonline.com) they will even come to your game and record you kicking. Then you are guaranteed solid footage that you can use right away and able to see vividly. I have seen some bad footage from high school cameras and its tough to see the ball traveling under the Friday or Saturday night-lights.
5) YouTube – Once you get your DVD done, place it on the World Wide Web & YouTube. Then you can send it in an email to scouts and coaches, who needs snail mail! Here are good examples of videos that have worked over the last few years.