Our Best Tips for a Memorable End-of-Season Highlight

We know what it takes to craft the per­fect high­light reel for your banquet.

Our Best Tips for a Memorable End-of-Season Highlight

We know what it takes to craft the per­fect high­light reel for your banquet.

The state tour­na­ment is over. Jerseys are turned in. The next sports sea­son is gear­ing up, but there’s still time to reflect on the one that just fin­ished. Most teams will host an end-of-sea­son ban­quet to gath­er with team­mates, fam­i­lies and coach­es to cel­e­brate accomplishments. 

It’s on you to fig­ure out food, venue, dec­o­ra­tions and team awards. But we’re here to help with the end-of-sea­son high­light reel.

What to Include

Find the best moments.

Start in games that had a big impact on the suc­cess of your sea­son. That five-set thriller where your team squeaked by with a 16 – 14 win in the last set? We bet there’s a 10-foot kill or two you could find. 

Show some variety.

The touch­downs and goals are fun to watch but every­body needs some love. After all, there’s no I” in team. We want to see a nasty sack from your inside line­backer, or the lock­down defense from your post player.

Include every­one.

Your ban­quet reel is also a chance to thank your stu­dent-ath­letes for par­tic­i­pat­ing, espe­cial­ly seniors who may have just played their last game of orga­nized athletics. 

Don’t show cheap shots.

Don’t high­light a play­er peel­ing back on a lazy line­man 30 yards away from the play, or a kill that left the oth­er girl with a bro­ken nose. Doing that makes your ath­letes think it’s okay to put those moments in their reels — and that’s not what recruiters want to see.

Add a sick track.

Every great high­light needs a great beat. We have all kinds of hits in our music library to give your high­light some much-need­ed swag. 

Use spot shadows.

Make it easy for the audi­ence to know exact­ly what they should be look­ing at. Showing your midfielder’s 30-yard crack­er in the state final? Put a spot shad­ow on them a few sec­onds into the buildup play so all eyes are on them.

Break it up.

Use title slides to guide the video and intro­duce what’s com­ing next. Focusing on offense for the next minute or two? Put a title slide that says Top Offensive Plays” with the names of ath­letes featured.

The How-To

Now that you know the recipe for a killer high­light reel, let’s talk about how to make one. The process is easy as 1, 2, 3.

Step one: Tag the clips in your library. If you’re a foot­ball coach on Hudl Classic, it’s as sim­ple as click­ing the star but­ton next to the clip num­ber in your library. All oth­er sports will cre­ate the clip, trim or extend it, and send it to your team’s highlights. 

Step two: Head over to your team high­lights page by click­ing the Highlights tab.

Step three (where the mag­ic hap­pens): Click Create Highlight to get start­ed in the high­light edi­tor. Give your reel a name, choose a theme and cus­tomize it with video, music, slides and pho­tos. This is also the step where you’ll add spot shad­ows title slides. Check out this tuto­r­i­al to see the process step-by-step.

In case you need some inspi­ra­tion, here are a cou­ple end-of-sea­son reels we’re loving. 

We love the title slide at the beginning highlighting the team's motto for the season.
They kept the jams going throughout and mixed in defensive plays like turnovers.

Share Your Reel

You spent time craft­ing the per­fect high­light to cel­e­brate your sea­son, so why not share it out? It just might land an ath­lete a big oppor­tu­ni­ty, plus it’s a great way to pro­mote your program.

We make it easy to share your reel on Facebook, Twitter or by direct URL. Or take it up a notch by embed­ding the high­light reel on your school’s ath­let­ics website. 

Take some time to look back on your team’s sea­son and remem­ber the ride — whether it end­ed in an ear­ly loss in the play­offs or a state cham­pi­onship. We can’t wait to see what you create.