Saturday, 10 August 2013 21:13

Recruiting Tips: Creating an Outstanding Highlight Video

Written by Jill Hicks

Creating an Outstanding Highlight Video

How to create an outstanding highlight video

  1.  Keep it short:  5 minutes or less 
  2. First impressions are important:  Show your best footage possible
  3. Post your video with your resume:  See my website for examples
  4. Know what coaches are looking for:  Coaches want to see you in competition.  Some practice footage is also good.  If you only show your vault into a pit with no landing surface, they are going to assume you do not have this vault and have never competed it.  It is also best to show your skills without a spot, especially on beam.  Coaches understand having a spot on bars and some tumbling passes.  
  5. Show all 4 events:  Unless you are a specialist, you should show yourself on every piece of apparatus.  
  6. Show the skills you are training:  This is very helpful, but be sure you are close to achieving these skills.  For example, if you do not have a front skill on beam in competition, show it on a clip even if it is on low beam.  
  7. Video quality is important:  Try to make sure your highlights are clear and that you are easy to see.
  8. Simplicity can go a long way:  Remember coaches receive many videos everyday.  They know what they are looking for and will probably take more time on your site if it is organized and simple to watch. 

About Jill Hicks:

Jill Hicks is a former elite gymnast, Division I college athlete, club coach and Division I college gymnastics coach (Cal State Fullerton, Oregon State) and the owner of Jill Hicks Consulting, where she provides recruiting services and choreography for prospective student-athletes and their families. For further information visit:

Editor's Note:  Publication of this article is not an endorsement of any recruiting service.  Always check with the NCAA or your school's compliance officer for any questions regarding recruiting rules, the latest timelines, or other issues.

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