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  1. Lisa, I prefer to offer two stages in such a recruit (scouting) video. (I prefer to call them scouting videos - the word recruit has somewhat of a negative connotation to my way of thinking.) The first video should consist primarily of point play from the end of court view with instant replay from the side angle of interesting points - this video should be no more than 5 minute's duration, minus all dead time between points. The video should start with an on-camera introduction. Then, a second 3 - 5 minute video which a coach who perhaps is still interested in the player after watching the first one is then invited to view. The second one consists of side view video shot with a high speed camera - again of realistic point play - no coach fed drills! Anybody can be made to look good with feeds which are in their slot. The videos must strike a balance between showing a realistic depiction of the player's game and character and a coach's needs to accurately assess a player. I have produced numerous of these type of videos over the past several years and have interviewed a number of coaches about their preferences and reactions to these videos. Google YouTube recruit videos and 99% are appallingly poorly produced and only do the kid and the coach more harm than good!

  2. We're with Karl on this one. We also have talked to many coaches and that has helped us develop our very popular recruit video which consists of no fluff and is uploaded for viewing by busy coaches. The Top 10 videos that the coaches are referring to were most likely created by recruits or parents trying to save a buck on something as important as a college scholarship! In the words of one of our customers, after all the time and money you put into tennis, you owe it to your child to get them a quality video so they can make the best possible impression on potential coaches. Remember - our goal is to help tennis players use video to their advantage!

    • the following email addressed to the folks at High-Tech Tennis is from tennisrecruiting.net: "I just reviewed and accepted a college video that you made, and it was really good. I am so glad that you are doing this for the players. I know that it takes a lot of work, but the quality certainly shows through!" please let me clarify that the information in the above post regarding using video as a recruiting tool came from the panelists themselves - i was only reporting what i heard in the session. there are, of course, many quality companies out there that know their stuff in terms of what college coaches want to see on a recruiting video. as with most things, it is on us parents to do our due diligence!

  3. thanks, Karl & Julie, for your valuable input! i will vouch for the quality of both of their work!

  4. I sure love to rec'd update on rule regulation and process of NCAA and recruiting College information for tennis

    • kimberly, check out my article about navigating the USTA's website - there is a link to USTA's collegiate competition page that has some very good information on recruiting and NCAA rules.

  5. Lisa, I just read about your site/blog on TR. I live in Johns Creek and my son went through the juniors, and just finished his first year playing tennis at Western Kentucky (WKU). One thought I have for you for a future article might be titled College Tennis - Get Real...or maybe something a bit less dramatic! As I sat in the bleachers over the last few years of my sons junior tournaments, or HS matches at Northview it boggled my mind as to how many parents had their kids "playing in the SEC". I would often ask a few questions as to how they thought their child might fit in at those schools and usually it was a blank stare. It struck me that these parents really had no idea on the level of tennis played at those type, Top 50 schools, and unfortunately they had their kids believing that they could play there. I saw your post on TR. I really felt it was a very useful tool for us in evaluating where our son might fit in on the college landscape. By looking at what type of players schools have signed in the past. That along with the teams web site where we could see how players succeeded once they got there. This helped lead us to create what we thought was a realistic list of 25 schools around the South. Our son was #400 on TR...Top 20 in GA, and Top 75 in the Southerns. After 25 emails to coaches, with a video link from HT Tennis...only 5 replies. He did his visits to Wofford, Presbyterian, and WKU...and some unofficial to D2 & D3 schools. It worked out great in the end as he is happy at WKU. My point is that if people would do some research, use the tools at their disposal, they will find the search much more rewarding vs disappointing. I know many of those kids that "where looking at SEC schools" never played in college, and they certainly could of if they had created realistic expectations. Best of luck with the site...have fun with it!

    • Mark, thank you so much for taking the time to share your son's recruiting experience! There is so much to learn - wow!!!

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