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Tips for Making a Football Kicking Highlight Video


Tips & Secrets on making your college football recruiting video stand out. Recommendations from Coach Brent specific for football kicker highlight videos.

Tips for making a College Football Recruiting Video
Strategy to make your kicking video stand out!
I get e-mails from students and parents all the time with links to their punting or kicking highlight video and more times than not, they are missing key points in their video that will hinder their chances of college football Special Teams Coordinators and Recruiting Coordinators taking serious interest in them. I’ve laid out a few basic ideas to help enhance your video. If you want to learn more about this, I am available to hire for consulting on all things kicking and can help you with detailed aspects of planning, promotion, etc.  -Coach Brent
Quality is King
  • Make sure your video is the correct widescreen/landscape view, not some cell phone vertical/portrait look.
  • HD is essential and if you are using an iPhone or phone’s basic resolution camera, you are hurting you and your son’s chances.
  • Get a real camera and a tripod. You can pick up great HD video cams at www.techforless.com and www.amazon.com for under $200.
  • Use a tripod or have a steady hand. Shaky video is annoying to watch, and unprofessional.
  • A ball flight that gets lost in view is mysterious and raises doubt about hang time, validity, etc. Many times the services schools use to record their games unfortunately focus on the line of scrimmage and don’t put much thought into the kicker or punter. I advise you buy your own camera and film your own games to eliminate missed footage and ensure it is done properly! A $200 investment and your time each game will pay dividends for your son’s future! Or simply ask a friend or hire a student to film the game for you!
  • Kickoffs and Punts: Film high up in the stadium (left to right view) to capture the entire ball flight from kick to land.
  • Field Goals: Film practice kicks from behind aiming at goal posts to show your form and consistency. Start the camera a second before you start approaching the ball (no need to record your entire steps each time). Game footage should be filmed same as kickoffs and punts.
  • Keep the field in view the entire time in the lower third of the screen (you shouldn’t be filming the clouds).
  • Put your best skill first and your best kicks or punts first. Don’t simply make it a chronological highlight… although that is much easier to do, you should spend the extra time to eliminate bad kicks and only post the best of the best. Coaches see hundreds of videos a month and will get bored quickly if yours doesn’t WOW them!
  • Do a simple text overlay at the bottom of the screen indicating the field goal and kickoff or punt distance.
  • Optional – if you are accurate (meaning you correctly calculated the times), also list the kickoff and punt hang-times. i.e. 65 yards, 3.8 seconds (you would write that at the bottom of the screen just before or after the kick).
  • Game video is king, but practice video is good also. I would do a mixture of both, but make the game footage the priority.
  • Don’t forget to include you or your parent’s contact info, your head football coach’s contact info, and your kicking coach’s contact info (ask for permission first)!
  • Distribution is your next step and in today’s digital age it’s important to have your video up on YouTube and of course e-mail a link to your video to colleges. If you make our Hot Prospect List you’ll have your own page on our site where you can manage your profile and include multiple videos, images, stats, bio, contact info, etc. and simply e-mail that link off to coaches to help streamline the process.

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