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Sports Highlight Videos: The 10 Rules of the Game

An athletic scholarship can be a golden ticket to a college education. And a sports highlight or recruiting video showcasing your sporting prowess can make a differences to your chances for that scholarship. But not all sports highlight reels are created equal. So here are some tips to ensure that your game tape goes to the top of the pile.

Most coaches agree that a student athlete wishing to succeed at the next level will need a recruiting video – or “sports highlight reel”. A sports highlight video can be the crown to a successful high school career and the launching pad for college or college transfer.

But there is a world of difference between a must-watch reel that says “class” – and something with Sharpie scrawl that sits on coaches’ desks unplayed. Keep in mind that people with high standards – like successful athletes – tend to have high standards in all they do. So, if you are an ambitious student athlete, here are the 10 must-do rules for your sports highlight video.

1. Keep it short

Busy coaches don’t have time to wade through endless hours of sports footage hoping to spot that magic moment. So keep the video short. Three to five minutes should be plenty.

2. Put your best plays first

Don’t rely on a coach watching through to the end (sorry). Start with your best play so they keep watching. If you have a killer spike play or a touchdown pass or reception (or a final buzzer 3-pointer) – start with that. You want to knock their socks off right out of the gate.

3. Don’t waste time

When making the sports highlight DVD, make sure the actual video track of your plays starts immediately (this is called “first play” in the biz). Don’t start with a menu. After the clips end, or when the coach presses the “menu” button, have the sports highlight video then go to a menu screen (and see #8 below).

When selecting and editing down your video clips, keep them tight – don’t follow the play long after it has ended. It is not out of place to show you celebrating one of your plays with the team – shows you care about the result and are a team player. Just don’t overdo it.

4. Highlight yourself

The video clips are going to be short – around 10 seconds or so each for a total of around 20 – which doesn’t leave much time to read numbers on a players’ back. You will have to highlight yourself – use an arrow or a circle or – best of all – a traveling spotlight effect.

5. Give specifics

Use text and captions to show your number, the game, the date, the opposition and the score. You can best do that with a brief chapter screen if you are using a number of plays from the same game. If the game is in a clutch situation, you can indicate that.

6. Avoid video tricks

Don’t use jazzy filter effects to enhance the video. But, if the footage is dark or badly off-color (often is – shot by volunteers) then you will want to do a little color correction and you may need to adjust the white and black levels. Slow motion is OK if it helps to understand a play and it is used very sparingly.

7. Don’t ruin it with bad sound

Choose your sound track carefully. If there is good crowd noise, keep it in and leave it at that. Music – some appropriate background track – is not hugely important. But if you decide to go that way, don’t include anything that might be offensive. And, certainly don’t use music that is copyright. Coaches look at the whole player and you don’t want to start things off on the wrong footing by showing that you pirate music (besides, if you post the video to the web – illegal music could get it taken down).

8. Include a whole game or period as a menu option

If a coach is interested, they may want to see a whole game or a whole period. If you have some material that would qualify, then you can create a separate track for that game and make it a menu item on your DVD. The coach plays the disk, likes what they see, the end of he DVD defaults to a menu screen, and you have a whole game or period they can click on. Or two. (A regular DVD can hold about 90 minutes of material at full quality.)

9. Post to the Web

Posting to the web is free and easy, so why not? You can easily send the link around by email or text and some coaches will prefer that to a DVD. Be careful about the privacy of third parties though – especially minors.

Multiplication, Music, and Math For Kids

Isn’t it funny how some children struggle with their homework, but yet know every word to the latest rap song?

Granted, not all rap music is immoral or violent. In fact some of it is devoted to such positive goals as education, discouraging drug abuse, and solving social ills. But inoffensive lyrics may very well be the exception, not the rule.

Yes, much of rap music nowadays appears to send a message of rebellion, violence, anger, racism, and sexual prowess. Parents are often shocked at just how graphic and sexually explicit some of the rap videos are. Can they really affect the way some children behave?

According to one study of 500 college students, “violent music lyrics increase aggressive thoughts and feelings.” According to another recent study, “teens who spend more time watching the sex and violence depicted in … ‘gangsta’ rap music videos are more likely to practice these behaviors in real life.” This study of over 500 girls revealed that heavy viewers of gangsta videos were more likely to hit a teacher, get arrested, and have multiple sexual partners.

A well known British writer stated, The way to destroy a society is to debauch the children and that is being done with a vengeance today. If children are able to learn these things, then obviously they can also start to learn reading, writing, and math.

As parents, We know that success in school doesn’t come easily for all children. Some time ago experts have discovered the simple secret to success in learning and that is fun.

When children are having fun – they learn faster. So if you can incorporate education into the music they already listen to, this just might be a positive step forward to raising a more respectable human being in the future.

These Are Three Ways Parents Can Help Their Children Focus on Education

One of the hardest jobs of a parent is keeping their children focused on education at home. Parents need to understand the importance of education in their household. I have listed three ways parents can keep the family focusing on education.

The number of hours children spent at home with their parents could be between 12 to 16 hours each day. What parents allow to happen during those hours will determine what kind of educational foundation is available in their household. Most children will probably sleep eight hours, which will leave four to eight hours to use constructively. If two hours are spent doing homework, there are still several hours available for additional constructive uses.

The first recommendation is not to allow television viewing or playing of video games during the week. The week should be used for school work or educational games only. If not enough homework was assigned by teachers, parents should develop homework assignments, or give children reading assignments to improve their skills. Parents should have a lot of educational games at home so children can play when time is available. Some games such as puzzles, legos, chess, checkers, coloring books and educational computer games can be utilized for developing educational foundations.

Another way to keep the focus on education is to take the family on regular trips to the bookstore and library. This will generate excitement. Why not make books exciting by taking children to purchase their own books! After several visits to the book store, curiosity about books should carry over to read more. Make sure they have a book shelf in their bedroom. Parents are planting a seed when books are available every day, and the entire household will realize that reading is important. In addition, parents should practice what they preach and read and purchase books for themselves to model good habits for their family.

Lastly, children are always drawn to music. Music can be another good educational motivator. Taking music lessons at a young age is an excellent path to education. The discipline that is developed from learning to play a musical instrument can go a long way with their educational foundation. Some of the benefits include, good concentration, learning to read music, developing dexterity with hands, and discipline from all the many hours of practice.

These foundational skills can help parents with the educational process. If a love for music is developed, parents should make sure they provide as much support as possible. In addition, children who are taught how to play the piano at a young age will probably develop overall confidence a lot quicker.

Parents can utilize these activities to assist them with keeping children focusing on their education. The earlier this process is started the more focus the household will become, which can benefit the entire family.