Filming Volleyball Games

Volleyball is a popular and growing sport, and provides a great opportunity to play in college.  Let me quote from Wikipedia for a moment: 

Volleyball is a popular NCAA sport, mostly for women. In the 2013-14 school year, 1064 NCAA member schools, 329 of them in the top-level Division I, sponsored women's volleyball at the varsity level, with 16,647 participants across all three divisions. At the same time, only 109 schools in all three NCAA divisions combined sponsor varsity men's volleyball, with only 23 of them in Division I; the number of men's varsity volleyball players was roughly one-tenth of women's.[1]

The approach for getting the attention of a college coach is the same as for most other sports – market yourself.  And this usually starts with being seen at tournaments, showcases, and through a recruiting video.  It is usually best to employ all three, but the most scalable – the most exposure for the least cost – is the recruiting video.  You can send it easily and quickly to all 1064 coaches in the US through an email with a link to stream your video.  And don’t neglect picking up the phone and making a follow-up call to the coaches you are most interested in.  It shows initiative and interest.

But the actual topic of this blog post is filming games for the recruiting video, so let’s jump into that.

Filming volleyball is straightforward compared to outdoor sports.  Set your camera on a tripod and let it run.  The devil is in the details, as the saying goes.

Camera position.  Coaches seem to like a view from behind the court.  We could also film from the bleachers if there any, and I’d prefer that view, but for so many tournaments there won’t be bleachers.  You might be able to use an elevated camera to get a better perspective, but that may require purchasing additional equipment or hiring a professional

Multiple cameras.  I prefer to use two cameras, one on each end of the court and then blend them in the video edit process.  Many parents use just one camera because that is what they have, but the view of the far end of the court is not useful except when your player is on the net.  Video editing, of course, requires the software and skill to pull it off.  You can always hire the help as well.

Framing the shot.  Position the camera to show all of the near side of the court plus about 5 feet.  Setting the frame to see the width of the net is not wide enough.  This frame will enable you to get the spikes from the outside shooter and the mid’s chasing the ball out of bounds after a bad hit.

Training.  Film training sessions and show a range of drills in the recruiting video.  Show about 10 spikes, for example, plus other drills.  This lets coaches see you in action in a controlled environment where you can clearly demonstrate leaping ability, agility, hitting, etc.  You can find many guidelines on exactly what you need to capture using a search engine. 

Hope this helps.  Contact us with any questions or comments.

 

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volleyball_in_the_United_States

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