Wrestling recruiting video guidelines
Recruiting videos are an important tool for high school athletes who want to wrestle in college.
College wrestling coaches don’t have the time to see every wrestling recruit in person, and that’s why a highlight video is one of the most important parts of your NCSA Recruiting Profile. A well-made recruiting video illustrates what a high school wrestling recruit has to offer in just a couple of minutes.
In order for your highlight video to be effective, you need to know exactly what coaches are looking for. When it comes to recruiting videos, all sports aren’t the same and NCSA knows what highlights wrestling coaches want to see. For example, a wrestling video should show highlights from your best matches and include a variety of takedowns, escapes, pins, reversal, throws and more to show that you’re a well-rounded wrestler.
If you follow NCSA’s guidelines and create an outstanding highlight video, you’re taking a big step in the wrestling scholarship process.
How to film
- Include at least two or three matches from the year. The matches should be from state or national tournaments, or from when you are wrestling high-level wrestlers.
- Show all three positions: neutral, top, and bottom. Even though most wrestlers don't like to show video from the bottom position, college coaches want to see that you can score from this position.
- If you have matches from summer tournaments, those are great to add to show college coaches that you wrestle year-round.
- Keep the video steady and shoot on your own device. Don’t send out video that includes screenshots from wrestling news websites.
- Include time between rounds and referee re-sets. Coaches want to see you wrestle, but they also read your body language. They want to see how you react to coaching between rounds, if you hustle back to the center when the referee calls out-of-bounds, your sportsmanship and overall demeanor (for example, high head and confidence even if you are behind).
- Continue to film from the moment you step on the mat until you step off, even if the match hits a few slow spots.
- Do not zoom in too close or try to show facial expressions. Focus on the three key elements: the wrestler, the opponent and the referee.
- Try to capture as much of the mat as possible, including the referee.
- If possible, try to capture the scoreboard. If capturing the scoreboard requires you to zoom too far out, film the scoreboard between rounds instead. Show the final score on the scoreboard.
- If possible, don’t include clips with injury time.