Start of the Season

August 23, 2010 Leave a comment

As everyone starts the fall sports season I would like to wish everyone good luck, and want to give you a reminder if you have any video needs feel free to contact me. Be sure to visit my website to see what all I offer.
If you have any questions about shooting different sports please add them to the comments below or e-mail me.

Categories: Sports, Videos

“Going Pro in Something Other than Sports”

July 11, 2010 Leave a comment

If you have watched a NCAA Championship Event on TV you have seen the Commercial that ends “…and just about all of us will go pro in something other than sports.”

Most athletes have the goal of making it to the professional level, but what percentage of NCAA Athletes actually make it to the professional level?

Well thanks to the NCAA’s 2010 Baseball Program, which list some numbers of those that go pro, we have some answers.

  • Men’s Basketball had 546,335 High School Student Athletes, the NCAA 16,571. Only 3% of the High School athletes made it to the NCAA and .03% went from High School to the Professional Level
  • Women’s Basketball had 452,929 High School Athletes, and 15,096 at the Collegiate level. 3.3% went from High School to the NCAA and .02 & from High School to Professional
  • Football had 1,071,775 High School Athletes, and 51,252 in the NCAA. 5.7% went from High School to NCAA, and .08 & from High School to the Professional ranks

If you want to go pro, play baseball. 9.4% of NCAA Baseball Players have went on to become Professional Baseball Players. 3.7% from Ice Hockey, 1.8% Football, 1.7% Men’s Soccer, 1.2% Men’s Basketball, and 1% Women’s Basketball Athletes have gone on to play at the Professional Level.

What do all these numbers mean? Well You may feel that you have what it takes to go pro (and you just might) just keep these numbers in mind and think about the school that fits you both academically and athletically.

Coming Soon

July 5, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s been awhile since I have posted something. Don’t worry I haven’t forgotten about this and any readers that I may have.

Coming soon I will have some tips for recruiting videos, some numbers from the NCAA about athletes going pro, and many more items.  In the meantime check out my website and see what I can do to help you.

Categories: Recruiting, Sports, Videos

NCAA Tournament Expansion

April 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Now that the NCAA Tournament is over and expansion is likely to happen, I figured I would give my thoughts on why I am against expansion to 96 teams.

As the saying goes if it’s not broke don’t fix it. That is the way I feel about the NCAA Tournament. While this years tournament was exciting that doesn’t mean we need more games, more games don’t mean great games. The NCAA Tournament is a great experience for the teams, schools and fans, and I would love for everyone to get to experience it. When you here your school announced on Selection Sunday you know that all of the hard work has payed off and you are now one of the Final 65 teams out of 320 to get a chance for a National Championship, it’s a great feeling.

I know some coaches will like to see expansion happen because they are judged by Tournament appearances, however with an expanded field would come new expectations. For some a 1st or 2nd Round loss will not mean the same as it used to. Look at Wake Forrest who fired their coach who led them to 2 appearances in 3 years, however he never won a tournament game, just getting to the tournament does not guarantee job security, and with an expanded field you are likely to see more coaches lose their jobs for not winning games in the tournament.

If the NCAA wants to expand add a play in game to each region, those winners become the 12 seed, and don’t face two non-power six schools against each other. If the NCAA really wants to fix something, create a playoff to get rid of the BCS.

Categories: Sports, Thoughts

Recruiting Videos

March 10, 2010 Leave a comment

I have teamed up with Varsity Mentoring to help High School Athletes develop a highlight video to present to Colleges and Universities that they are interested in. I hope to use this blog to answer any questions that parents, students or coaches may have.

First a quick overview of Varsity Mentoring. It is a one stop shop for perspective student athletes. With a large network of partners and mentors, Varsity Mentoring can help a student athlete pick what school or schools are right for them, give an online platform to send digital videos to college coaches and find camps and clinics to develop their skills.

My responsibility is to work with the student athlete to create a highlight video that showcases their skills. I hope to offer insight not only to those that I edit videos for but also help parents and coaches with the filming on games.

With all of that said, I am going to offer a few pointers on how to gather quality video.

1. It all starts with the camera, while not everyone can afford a professional camera, and not everyone can afford to hire someone to shoot video for them, video quality is for the consumer has become competitive with some professional cameras. Obviously the most popular thing is HD, however the cost is high, and not many college coaches have Blue-ray players in the office. Digital Video is the most common format with miniDV being the popular tape format, with VHS being the least popular.

2. When shooting video outdoors, try your best to keep the sun at your back. Indoors avoid, if possible, shooting towards windows.

3. Keep a steady shot. I know this sounds like common knowledge but you would be shocked at what you see. The best to prevent this is to use a tripod, but a tripod doesn’t always fit on the bleachers. Which leads to camera location. The ideal location would be the same places that the team’s record, high and at the middle of the court or field.

4. Keep the ball in the shot, again this sounds like common knowledge. It is hard to evaluate a player when a coach has no clue where the ball is coming from.

5. Keep zooming to a minimum, as tempting as it is to zoom into your player for a good tight ISO (which is fine a few times, it actually makes it easier to edit if done right) it breaks point #4 of not keeping the ball in the shot.

I will have more tips later, and hopefully can answer your questions. In the meantime keep an eye on my page on Varsity Mentoring.

College World Series

February 11, 2010 2 comments

For those that follow College Baseball, it’s time to get back out to the ballpark.

With opening day right around the corner, and the start of ESPNU’s Road to Omaha Coverage stepping to the plate in April, it’s not long until everyone starts talking about who goes to Omaha.

This is the last year of Rosenblatt Stadium, and I’m trying to come up with some things to add to the ESPNU coverage this year so I am turning to you to hear what you want to see.

For those who have been to the College World Series what are some things that we have not shown or things we should show around the CWS experience?

For those who have never been, what do you want to see?

Time for the NCAA to act

January 17, 2010 Leave a comment

As many know a Jeron Lewis, a basketball player at Southern Indiana collapsed during a game at Kentucky Wesleyan he later passed away. The coroner concluded that he died of natural causes, and had some heart problems, no signs head trauma were found.

There have been reports that it was about 10 minutes until medical personnel arrived at the arena, to assist the trainers that were attending to Lewis.

This raises a point of debate for me, should EMT’s be required to attend any athletic event to be on stand-bye in the event of someone collapsing, whether it is a player, coach, official, or spectator?

I say yes. I would rather pay for a few EMT’s and an Ambulance to sit and do nothing then have a tragic event happen and have to wait for medical help to arrive. With all due respect to school Athletic Trainers, who do a great job at what they do, not all of them have the training or equipment to save a life if something like this happens.

If the NCAA leaves it up to schools to decide if they want to have an EMT on site, they should at least require schools to have an Automated External Defibrillator on site, and at least one person trained to use it. I also feel that there should be a test developed to detect heart conditions among student athletes, I don’t care the cost when it comes to saving a life money should never be an issue.

I have a personal connection to the push for AED’s at athletic events and rec centers. In May 2005, Danny Rumph passed away after going into sudden cardiac arrest  while at home playing a pick-up game. Danny was on the WKU Men’s Basketball team. His family started a foundation to raise attention to Cardiomyopathy.

It’s time for the NCAA, their member schools and athletic venues across the United State and the world to step up and do something to prevent more deaths like those of Danny, Jeron Lewis, and others who have passed away.

UPDATE: After I posted this news came out that Chicago Bear’s DE Gaines Adams passed away at the age of 26 Sunday morning in South Carolina. The autopsy showed that he had an enlarged heart.  Yet another reason to have athletes under go test to discover this problem.

Categories: Sports, Thoughts