Highlight Tape Guidelines
You have 30 seconds to catch their eye, 1 minute to maintain their interest, and if they are still watching after 2 minutes, they're interested.
One of the most common issues that we come across when evaluating individual high school football highlight tapes is having to wait 2 to 3 minutes to see the athletes best plays. Imagine being a college coach during the scouting process. Not only to do you have to maintain your current team, but you must find the perfect players to join your family. You must make sure that your recruits have good grades, character, athleticism, knowledge, and the overall play-making ability to fit within your offensive or defensive scheme.
When considering the million tasks that a coach must accomplish, you can see how limited their time is when deciding on the thousands of athletes being evaluated which is exactly why your highlight tape needs to immediately grab their attention. Depending on what position you play, your highlights will need to be broken down in a certain order.
All positions need to put their best plays first, along with adding the plays that people believe you are not capable of making e.g. if you are a “running quarterback”, then you should open your highlights with the best “deep ball” that you have to offer. You can then follow up your best deep ball with all the touchdowns you scored whether it was on the ground or through the air because people cannot argue with points being put up on the scoreboard, no matter where you are on the field.
Example Highlight Order for All Positions
Quarterbacks- Touchdowns, Long Passes, Athletic Plays, Throwing on the Run, Accurate Timing Routes.
Running Backs- Touchdowns, Long Runs, Broken Tackles, Receptions out of the Backfield, Pass Protection
Wide Receivers- Touchdowns, Difficult Catches, Running after the Catch, Short Timing Catches, Open Field Blocking
Offensive Lineman- Pancakes, Pass Protection, Pulls, Traps, Zone Blocks
Tight Ends- Touchdowns, Difficult Catches, Run Blocking, Running after the Catch
Defensive Lineman- Touchdowns, Big Hits, Sacks, Forced Fumbles, Tackles for Loss, defeating a Double Team to make the Play, Fumble Recoveries, Sideline to Sideline Pursuit Angles
Linebackers- Touchdowns, Big Hits, Sacks, Interceptions, Forced Fumbles, Tackles for Loss, Open Field Tackles, Sideline to Sideline Pursuit Angles
Safeties- Touchdowns, Interceptions, Big Hits, Forced Fumbles, Tackles for Loss, Pass Deflections, Open Field Tackles
Corners- Touchdowns, Interceptions, Big Hits, Forced Fumbles, Pass Deflections
Kickers- Fields Goals (Long to Short), Touchbacks on Kickoffs, Onside Kicks, Extra Points
Punters- Coffin Corner Punts, Punts with Height/Depth, Punts out of your own End zone
*Kickoff and punt returns for touchdowns take priority over all other highlights for skill players. When an athlete displays big play ability, it is an automatic plus in the coaches’ eyes.
*If you play on both sides of the ball, use the top category from each position group and alternate through your highlight tape to show your overall athleticism.
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