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THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF RECRUITING VIDEOS (Published in USA Today HSS on December 11, 2015) – Playced Playced

THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF RECRUITING VIDEOS (Published in USA Today HSS on December 11, 2015)

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“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Think about how much that really means in our day-to-day life! Almost every day, we meet someone new and instantly create an initial impression on that person, be it good or bad. It is an undeniable fact that first impressions have a way of shaping our opinions on people for a lifetime, or at least a long time!

When it comes to college recruiting, the first impression you make on a college coach can be the difference between getting a scholarship and being the sixth man on an intramural basketball team. It can mean playing at the next level, or not. Understand this; because of the competitive nature of college athletics, first impressions mean everything to college coaches. Knowing that is the cornerstone of recruiting videos, because your highlight film is often a college coach’s first time seeing you play!


Here is a quick guide to the Do’s and Don’ts of getting college coaches to notice your recruiting videos.


A recruiting video is going to give you a competitive advantage against a college recruit that does not have one. There is no quicker way to have a college coach see you play than by getting a video in front of them. I highly suggest that you invest the time and energy into creating a video of your skills that you can be proud of. Consider your recruiting video as a “virtual handshake” or introduction to any college program in the country.


The idea of a 20-minute video with the “Rocky” theme song blasting in the background is pretty laughable and entertaining to most college coaches. I am not saying that if your family has the money to pay for a professional recruiting video that you shouldn’t. I am saying that a professional video is NOT necessary to make your introduction to a coach, and you don’t need to feel pressured into making one. Keep in mind, a recruiting video is the first part of the recruiting process. It does not guarantee a scholarship and it won’t make you something you are not. It is merely a way for a coach to put eyeballs on you. With modern technology, most smart phone videos will work just fine!


Make sure your recruiting video is easy for a college coach to watch. Whether you are using your Hudl game film or a YouTube video, when a coach clicks on a link to watch what you are all about, he/she needs to see your athleticism. The coach should know exactly who they are watching and shouldn’t have to squint his/her eyes to see you move. If your film is hard to see or watch, you might as well send them a blank video because your results are going to be the same.


This may seem pretty obvious, but I will just say it anyway. If your highlight video doesn’t make you look like a total stud, don’t send it yet! Here’s the deal; sending a video to just send it is not what you should be doing. Do not send a recruiting video prematurely, because of that whole “first impression” thing. If you have not fully developed your skills or don’t have a video firmly impressing your strengths, be patient and wait. It is better to make a good first impression late, than a bad first impression early.

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The absolute best way to get a college coach to notice your recruiting video is with a personal email. Here is what you need to do: 1. Identify colleges that you could actually for 2. Send an introductory email stating genuine interest in their program 3. Link your video within your email. Most recruits think that they must sit back and wait for college coaches to magically notice them. That couldn’t be further from the truth! It is your responsibility to get YOUR recruiting video in the hands of the programs you want to be a part of. Use that personal email + your quality video to make the best first impression on college coaches.


The absolute best way to NOT get noticed by a college coach is to send a video to every college coach in the country. Here’s what I mean by that; sending a link to your recruiting video like it is just a mass marketing tool serves that very purpose with college coaches. If a coach thinks you have no real interest in their program and are just sending it to every coach to see who takes the bait, they will treat you like spam mail. Coaches want kids that want to play for their program. If you don’t have a specific list of schools to send your video link to, make one.

Fitness Camp For Future T-Town

Football Players

Coach Carver is doing a fitness

for 7th and 8th graders. These

camps will be on Tuesdays and

Thursdays from 4:30-5:30. If you

have any questions get a hold of

Coach Carver at



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Spring / Summer 2016 Important Dates


Spring Football


-This is mandatory for all current Tolleson Athletes that want to play football in 2016 that have made 85% of the offseason workouts or were in winter and spring sports.

Monday May 2nd 4:00-6:00 pm

Tuesday May 3rd 4:00-6:00 pm

  ***Sports Physical April 9th at Tolleson HS

Wednesday May 4th 4:00-6:00 pm

$15 check in at 7:00

Thursday May 5th 4:00-6:00 pm

Friday May 6th 4:00-6:00 pm

Monday May 9th 4:00-6:00 pm

Tuesday May 10th 4:00-6:00 pm

Wednesday May 11th 4:00-6:00 pm

Thursday May 12th 4:00-6:00 pm

Friday May 13th 4:00-6:00 pm

Saturday May 14th 9am – noon -Combine Day to get name on Record Board

Monday May 16th 4:00-6:00 pm – Passing League Practice – Lineman Competition.

Incoming Frosh 3 day camp


Tuesday May 10th, Wednesday May 11th and Thursday May 12th 5:00-7:00 pm

Passing / Big Man Dates:


May 26th Home with LaJoya, Agua Fria and Youngker (JV/Var). Locker Room at 5 play at 6:00 pm

May 31st Home with Shadow Ridge, Goldwater, Copper Canyon and Agua Fria (JV/VAR). Locker Room at 5 play at 6:00 pm

June 4th @Glendale Our Big Man and Passing Tournament (JV/Var)– Meet at 2 start at 3pm -25 Teams

June 7th Home with Sierra Linda, Kellis and Buckeye (JV/Var). Locker Room at 5 play at 6:00 pm

June 8, 15 and 22nd Big Man Challenge at Desert Edge HS (JV/Var) start at 5:30 pm


June 10th  Home with Shadow Ridge Passing Tournament (JV/Var) – Evening. Locker Room at 4 and throw with 5 other teams starting at 5 pm.

June 14th Home with Mingus, Sierra Linda and Cactus (JV/Var).  Locker Room at 5 play at 6:00 pm

Frosh & JV (2 separate teams) Passing League League at Millennium HS June 1st,8th and 15th  starts at 5:00 pm and a Passing Tournament on June 18th starting at 9 am



Summer Important Dates for all T-Town Players:



Summer Strength and Speed Training starts May 23rd Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8-10:30 am all summer long.  Rest and Recovery week July 4-8th resume July 11th.

Summer 10-12 grade Team Camp at Winslow High School July 14th leave in the morning and return the evening of July 18th10th-12th grade mandatory parent/player meeting July 26th 6 pm Old Main. Practice starts August 1st for all 10-12 grade players.


Summer 9th grade Team Camp at Tolleson High School July 25-28th 8am-6pm.  9th grade mandatory parent/player meeting July 28th at 6 pm in the auditorium in Old Main. Practice starts August 8th for all 9th grade players.

August 17 Scrimmage Home VS

Sierra Linda at 7 PM

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Camp Winslow

July 14-18, 2016



All 10-12 Grade Tolleson Football Players are invited to Team Camp at Winslow High School.


The total cost is $225

Payment due May 13, 2016.


-Reduce camp total price by selling McDonalds Discount cards during Spring Football.

-Sell 35 McDonalds Cards and your camp is free!!!

-Cost includes all lodging, meals and transportation.



Questions contact Head Coach Jason Wilke via email at


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Varsity Game Schedule 2016


Varsity – Games start at 7:00 pm


Sandra Day  O’Conner 8/26/16

Agua Fria 9/2/16

At Mesa 9/9/16

Mountain Ridge 9/16/16

At Westwood 9/23/16

At Westview 9/30/16

Valley Vista 10/7/16

At Millennium 10/14/16

Copper Canyon 10/21/16

At LaJoya 10/28/16

State Playoffs 11/4/16