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Do’s & Dont’s of Making a Highlight Reel – Presented by APEX Lacrosse Events

QSreel1This is the first installment of a series of articles brought to you by APEX Lacrosse Events, where we will focus on the sport in regards to prospective college players and high school lacrosse as a whole. In this article, we’re going to spotlight the Do’s and Dont’s of making a highlight reel.

Making a highlight reel sounds like a relatively simple task. For most high schoolers they think “Ok, I’ll hop on my MacBook, open up iMovie and get to work. Toss in my favorite rap song and throw in some transitions and we’re good to go.” Unfortunately, as simple as that sounds, the art of making a good highlight reel involves much greater attention to detail and thought.

Let’s start with the DONT’S:

  • Avoid aggressive lyrics or songs with slander. ASTROWORD may be a hit album, but Travis Scott’s lyrics behind your OT game-winning goal isn’t the most appealing thing to listen to in the eyes of coaches
  • Don’t make your highlight reel longer than 5 minutes. Typically players bunch of their best plays towards the front of their reels, which isn’t a bad thing, but those late-game goals in a 17-3 rout are somewhat redundant at times, especially if you just put up 5 against the #3 team in the state from the 00:21 mark to 00:48. Try to keep your reel somewhere around 3-4 minutes. Long enough to include all your best clips, but short enough to not get boring.
  • Don’t edit the speed of the clip to make you look faster. Even if you think it may not be obvious, it is. For example, see here:  This kid’s a great player and currently on a DI roster, but we all know that no 14-year-old runs as fast as Usain Bolt and shoots harder than Ryan Brown.

Now for the DO’S:

  • If you have field level camera angles, toss them in there. If you’re lucky enough to have a team videographer or a local news truck providing recaps online, definitely try to get access to those clips. There’s nothing better than seeing game speed at the eye level.
  • Add in commentary if available. This links to the above with news coverage, but nowadays plenty of schools and leagues are streaming games online and the film is relatively accessible. Put in that commentary of your hat trick or dominating face-off performance. If anything it just makes your reel look even more professional.
  • Contrary to the above with editing your speed, don’t be afraid to toss in some slow-mo. If you just executed a lethal split dodge at X or threw a sweet kayak check, you want to make it visibly known how badly you schooled your opposition.
  • Put in quality plays even if they don’t end up how you wanted. For example, if you have an impressive dodge but just miss the net, put the clip in. It showcases your speed and agility. Likewise on defense, if you just played lockdown D on a quality player and forced them to move the ball but didn’t get the takeaway check, still put in it. You’re not always going to nail the homerun check or sting a corner, but showcase your all-around position skills.
  • The final do is label your competition if you had a good performance against a strong team. Simply put in the bottom corner “Goal vs. ____.” Don’t be afraid to showcase your clutch gene. It takes a special player to put up numbers against quality competition. Likewise on defense, if you’re able to feature a matchup you dominated, do the same thing. “Takeaway vs. _____” or heck if you really want to make a statement, if you know whether that player is college bound, put in “Takeaway vs. DI commit.” You don’t want to expose the player that badly, so refrain from sharing their name, even if you know it.


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