How to Videotape Volleyball Recruitment Footage

If you’re serious about playing volleyball in college, it’s helpful to show a highlight video of your best plays. Here are some guidelines to get the best video clips.

  • Always use a tripod or monopod while videotaping footage. Hand held recorders often result in bouncy video footage.
  • A high definition (HD) camera can result in better quality footage but is not a requirement.
  • While most people like to sit on the sidelines centered with the net, it’s not the best location to take video. The best place is from behind the players.  The next best place is at an angle that shows both sides of the court. If taking from the sidelines, make sure to take it from the side the player is hitting from.  If recording a front row hitter, video taping from behind the opposite court could also get you some excellent footage.
  • Start recording as soon as you hear the whistle blow and stop the recorder after players are done with their cheers.
  • When showing serves, make sure the video shows where the ball landed. If that’s not possible, make sure to include the referee in the shot so you can weed out the good serves from the bad later.
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What to include in your volleyball recruiting video

Volleyball is a sport of specialized skills such as hitting, passing, digging, blocking and serving. If you’re an outside hitter, coaches need to know you have these skills before giving you another look. Volleyball highlight videos that separate the skills is a quick way for coaches to see what you have to offer.

In a video on hitting and spiking, include clips of the player hitting from both the left side and the right, pipe (hitting from the back row) and tips. Show the hitter going over the block, finding a hole in the block and hitting into the block for a point. Use clips from real games.

Expect to put 10-15 clips into one minute of video. The following video is a sample of hitting from a player who had more hitting clips than we could use, so we removed the ones that didn’t make a statement. Do not make skills videos longer than three minutes and we suggest putting the best clips up front.

An outside hitter who can pass and dig bring more value to a volleyball team. Coaches need to know whether the hitter can receive passes and can dig up spikes from the other team. Expect to need 9-14 clips per minute of video. Here are some things to consider when choosing clips. Did that pass result in a good set that resulted in a kill? Did the pass go to the setter in front of the 10-foot line? Did the setter have to scramble to get to the ball? Do you have a video selection showing bumps as well as overhand passes?

Remember that the best passes go directly to the setter in the right front. From there, the setter can have a selection of options to run an offense. If the pass goes behind the 10-foot line or ends up somewhere else on the court, it limits the options for the setter and gives the opponents more opportunity to set up a defense.

Watch the sample of a video showing passing (serve receive) and digging (popping up a ball after a spike).

Volleyball coaches also want to know if a potential player can serve and block. Show a selection of float as well as jump serves, block assists and solo blocks for kill. Expect to place 20-25 clips in a minute of video. See sample video below.

Please contact athleticatsHI@gmail.com for help in piecing together your video.

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