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How to Create Volleyball Video Highlights

For a proper assessment of your sports skills by college coaches, you will need two types of videos:

  • Video Highlights and Presentation
  • Full set/match video

1. Video Highlights and Slideshow (5-8 minutes total)

If you’re sending us the first draft of actions for an evaluation and you haven’t started a journey with us yet, you don’t need to add the initial presentation video. The video highlights must show your best skills in each fundamental, so you must select your best actions from official matches, tournaments or friendlies. (Watch our video on how to create your own highlights video HERE

and also the video on how to select stocks HERE).

Please note: in the video the clips are cut only to show the technical gesture It is necessary to show the entire action (from the serve to the moment the ball falls) to relate the technical gesture to the context in which the athlete is playing.

RECOMMENDED PROGRAM: A program that you can use to make your video is DaVinci Resolve, it is free and you can easily download it from the app store for MAC or from the official website for Windows.

USING THE SCREENS: It is very important to use the screens with the names of the fundamentals that will follow, for example: Hitting (before the attacking actions), Passing (before the receiving actions), Digging (before the defending actions), Setting (before the lifting actions), Blocking (before the block actions) and Serving (before the batting actions).

Role-specific sports skills (5-6 minutes):

  • For dribblers: dribbles to the wings (4 and 2), dribbles with the central players and dribbles from the second lines. Walls, defenses, offensive covers, second lobs. Example
  • For Opposites: dunk from all the positions from which you usually attack (2,4, pipe and/or from place one) followed by wall actions, defense, free ball supports, attack covers, reconstructions. Example
  • For Hammers/Spikers: Best attacks from all positions you usually attack from (4, 2 and pipes). Receptions and receptions-attack. Wall, defense, free ball supports, offensive covers, reconstructions. Example
  • For Centrals: dunks of all types of balls you attack (first halves forward and behind, tense, fast). Walls. Defenses. Free ball supports, attack covers, reconstructions. Example
  • For free: Receives from all locations where you receive (1, 6, 5). Defenses against attacks from different zones. Free ball supports, attack covers, reconstructions, saves. Example
  • All roles (and always at the end): 1-2 minutes of good jokes. You have to see the hitting gesture or if away from the camera, the trajectory. In both cases you should also see the reception which should be neutral, negative or double negative.

2. Full set/match video

  • a match or at least a whole set in which you played well and against a valid opponent
  • if possible recorded from behind
  • It is important that the match reflects the true level of play of the athlete. Ideally, you should find a game where you played well and the game itself is of a good standard. If you have to choose, it’s always better to play a very good game in which you played fairly well but the level is high than a game in which you played very well but the game was not at a high level.

Very important!

  • Don’t create animations, slowdowns, or speeds up
  • Don’t repeat actions
  • look for the best possible image quality (if shooting from behind better)
  • if you make videos with mobile phones you have to put the phone in LANDSCAPE (never vertically)
  • Whenever possible, avoid the writing of video processing programs