How to Shoot a Pro Timing Day

A pro timing day is a workout of college football players for National Football League scouts. The workouts are similar to the drills done at the NFL Combine. The workout is video taped and sent to the NFL teams. These steps describe the desired content of the video.


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    Shoot the player identification video.
    • The video should begin with a head to toe shot of the player dressed only in shorts. This is also used to determine body type. The shot should include a card or graphics with the players name, height, weight, and position. Front and back views are preferred.
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    Shoot the basic physical tests.
    • Do not shoot the weigh in, vertical reach, and broad jump. Video of the bench press is optional. A graphic with the results of these tests would be useful.
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    Shoot the 40 yard (36.6 m) dash.
    • Shoot video of the 40 from an elevated position or ground level. The video should include the start and finish. A ground level shot from behind the finish line is good.
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    Shoot the agility drills
    • Shoot the long and short shuttle and the three cone drill from an elevated position. Chose a position that will not be blocked by the scouts watching the drills.
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    Shoot the skill drills.
    • The skill drills are the most difficult to shoot. The best camera angle depends on the position being tested.
    • Linemen can be shot from ground level or an elevated position
    • The other positions should be shot from an elevated position.
    • Quarterbacks are often shot with a second camera while throwing to the receivers.
    • Kickers and punters should be shot from the ground and an elevated position. Video from above should show distance and placement of kicks.
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    Shoot special shots
    • Shoot the quarterbacks grip on the football. With the quarterback holding the ball in his natural passing grip, and slightly above his head, shoot a close up of the grip as you walk completely around him.
    • Shoot long snappers from ground level with views from front and behind.


  • Multiple camera views of most drills are not needed.
  • The players entire body should be visible at all times in every drill.
  • The finished tape or DVD should be edited so that each players drills are grouped together.
  • Care should be taken that observers do not obscure the drills.
  • No audio is needed.
  • Players should each wear something different to make it easy identify them. A top with a number on it would be ideal. Even something as simple as a colored arm band would be helpful.


  • Some drills are done at such a rapid pace, that it is not possible to stop and start the recorder between players.
  • Don't be afraid to say something if people are blocking your shot.
  • Don't position yourself where a player will run into you.

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