If you desire to get recruited to play college basketball, it’s paramount that you record games, which will be used to evaluate your play, to send to college basketball coaches. You never know how much of the game a college coach will watch; it could be only five minutes, a half, or even the whole game. The most important factor all high school players should be cognizant of is sending game film that is free of distractions!
College basketball coaches want to be able to watch games and have complete focus on evaluating your play and not be distracted by external sources on film.
When getting someone to film your games, please ensure that you tell the person to not engage in the following behavior. If you are planning to send game film to a college basketball coach, carefully review and think twice before sending if any of these behaviors are present.
Here is a list of six examples of types of distracting videographers to avoid having record your games:
“The Coach” is the videographer who is actively “coaching” while recording. He or she is telling the players which plays to run on offense and shouting instructions regarding how to guard on defense.
Often during games, “The Coach” will shout words of encouragement to the team or individual players; if the team or certain players aren’t performing up to par, “The Coach” will let them know that as well. When watching games to evaluate players, college coaches are watching to make opinions about players and aren’t interested in evaluating your coaching skills - avoid this type of videographer at all costs!
The "General Manager"
“The GM” (General Manager) is the videographer who is not quiet about dispensing thoughts and providing comments about how a team should be run during the game.
“The GM'' comments on substitution patterns and critiques the coach’s in-game decisions about personnel on the floor or on the bench. “The GM” is quick to express excitement or displeasure about events that are occurring and is convinced that he or she can do a better job running the team.
“The Referee” is the videographer who starts commenting about the refs as the ball is thrown up for jump ball. He or she gives an earful to the refs about every call or non-call.
“The Referee” is a master mental statistician - or at least thinks they are! - and will quickly remind refs of disparities in number of fouls and free throw shot attempts.
“The Cheerleader” is the videographer whose energy level and excitement throughout the game is off the charts. He or she is actively engaged with the crowd in chants and when his or her team or player makes a great play.
Some might even take to another level and cheer with the cheerleaders as they are doing their cheer routines on the court.
“The Talker” is the videographer who talks the entire game while recording. Games can be long, and they aren’t exciting for some people. He or she will pass the time by talking on their phone or talking with people sitting near them.
Sometimes, “The Talker” is extremely popular and friendly and must have a conversation with everyone who passes by.
“The Eater” is the videographer who is eating frequently while recording. Not only can you actually hear what he or she eats, but you also can hear bags rustling and drinks being opened.
Most times, “The Eater” will provide commentary about the food, especially if the food is particularly delicious or not tasty at all. “The Eater” thinks he or she is being subtle, but is completely oblivious that food sounds are being picked up.
Given the fact that college basketball scholarships and college basketball roster spots are very coveted and comparatively few to the number of high school basketball players seeking them, college basketball coaches have seen and received almost every type of film imaginable.
Help yourself stand out among the rest by sending game film that is free of distractions! Doing so will allow college basketball coaches to completely focus on watching and evaluating your play, thereby, increasing your chances of getting a college basketball scholarship.