Theme music is great for adding drama to movies. Inserting animations and effects to a PowerPoint can help engage your audience. However, when it comes to creating your highlight film, college coaches don’t want to see any of this.
College coaches want straight-forward information without the distractions of glitz and flare getting in their way. The purpose of your highlight film is simple: evaluation. Your highlight film is the first chance college coaches have to start evaluating you as an athlete. Adding dramatic effects to your tape won’t make a coach think you’re a better athlete, so what’s the point? Your skills and ability should be enough to captivate your audience, so focus on what’s really important: you!
Think about the movie The Blind Side when S.J. submits video footage to Tom Lemming’s office. The film shows Michael Oher taking his opponent to the bus because, “it was time for him to go home.” The video doesn’t include any special effects because the jaw-dropping block was the focus; it was its own effect.
On another note, college coaches have a variety of mediums to get to know you as a person. They don’t need (and also don’t want) to watch an interview at the beginning of your highlight tape. Your tape is your first, and possibly only, chance to impress a college coach with your ability, so show off your athletic skills and focus on those crushing blocks, mad ups, killer spikes and out-of-the-park grand slams.
Take the advice of this former college football coach: “In the initial evaluation stage, we want to see how an athlete is going to help us on the field. We want to get directly to the tape. There will be plenty of time to learn about the athlete through phone calls and emails as opposed to sitting through an interview. Slow motion or effects also pull coaches away from your athleticism. One question I would ask recruits is ‘Why do you want to ever slow yourself down on film?’ For music, we typically are listening to our own music during eval sessions.”
So, you heard it straight from the source. Keep the glitz and flare out of your highlight film and save it to impress your teachers!