1. Use a tripod. If a coach opens up a video and it’s shaking all over the place, they will immediately turn it off. This makes coaches dizzy! If a tripod is not available, you will need to have a stable platform that the camera can rest on without any movement.
2. Do not follow the ball or the player around the court. Following the play seems like a good idea, but in doing so you are not capturing what is happening on the other side of the net or what your teammates are doing. Again, coaches need a full court perspective! Hit the record button once you have the full-court perspective and simply back away from the camera.
3. If possible, set up your camera in the middle of the court behind the side of the court the player is on. When the player switches sides, so should the videographer. If you simply can’t get behind the court (this can be difficult at large club tournaments or in small gyms) then off to the side on a 45 degree angle is the second, but less desirable angle to shoot from. For better player identification, zoom in as close as possible to the court; maintain the end line and the antennas as your guide. (Antennas should be shown).
4. If you are shooting from a 45 degree angle, shoot from the corner the line judge is NOT standing on.
5. Keep cheering (and outbursts) at a minimum. Most of the time coaches will watch video on mute, but if not they don’t need to hear your commentary. Some cheering has been known to de-stabilize your tripod or mounted platform in certain situations.
6. Raise the tripod high enough so you can see both sides of the net, if possible.
7. Watch for flying balls! They somehow always seem to be attracted to expensive cameras!
8. This is a suggestion, not a necessity – pause the filming to exclude down time including ball shagging, time outs, and time in-between games. Know that many coaches prefer to see action that is uninterrupted such as a player taken out for a reason. By editing, there is no guarantee the stoppage is simply for shagging balls. Timeouts are fine as long as the coach can see the call, but just know that some coaches like to see what a player’s body language and attention is like during the timeout process, including how the player enters and leaves the huddle.
9. Pick matches against the best competition you faced. This gives coaches the opportunity to evaluate you in comparison to other strong players.