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What is a Skills Video?

What is a Skills Video?

Using insights from hundreds of coaches, we've compiled the key elements college coaches are seeking in your skills video.

A skills video is a college recruiting video for college coaches to examine student-athletes' technical skills closely. This type of recruiting video consists of film taken in a practice setting. ​​

Skills videos are formatted a little differently than highlight reels. Skills videos show you doing the same skill multiple times in a row and then moving on to showing another skill numerous times. The skills coaches want to see will differ depending on your sport and position.

How Do You Create a Skills Video? 

To create an athletic skills video, you must film various sets of skills essential to your position and sport multiple times in a row. For example, if you are a basketball player and play shooting guard, you should include a series of 4-6 shots of you shooting on net. If you are a soccer player and play goalkeeper, you should include a series of 4-6 clips of you saving shots on goal. All of the videos in your skills video should be filmed in a practice setting, not from a live game or match. 

You must highlight a variety of your athletic skills and shoot the film at different angles. This will ensure that college coaches can see your technical form. 

Similar to a great highlight reel, a skills video is short and concise. It should showcase 4-6 different skills (with 4-6 shots of each skill) and be between 2-3 minutes. Make sure to include the best videos that showcase your skills. 

With the SportsRecruits highlight reel editor, you can build your skills video directly on your profile and publish it for college coaches to see. Learn how to make compelling highlight reels here

What is the Difference Between a Highlight Reel and a Skills Video?

The main difference between a highlight reel and a skills video is that a highlight reel consists of live game footage and a skills video consists of practice footage.

With a skills video, coaches can evaluate your technical skills and athletic abilities more closely. With a highlight reel, coaches can see how you react in a live game setting. Learn how to make an effective highlight reel coaches want to see here.

Remember that coaches want to see a skills video, a highlight reel, and even raw game footage. With these different types of recruiting videos, coaches can evaluate you properly. 

What Should I Do After Creating a Skills Video? 

Video is essential in the college recruiting process. Whether it is raw footage, a highlight video, or a skills video, college coaches need an athletic video to recruit you. After creating your skills video, ensure you are taking the time to message college coaches about your new film. 

With the SportsRecruits Messaging System, you can contact college coaches directly with direct access to your film. Create a free profile here to learn more about the SportsRecruits Messaging System and how to get your video out to college coaches.


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