The importance of a skills video in a sport like baseball goes unnoticed at times. Just because you state on a piece of paper that you throw 86-88 MPH consistently does not mean a coach is going to automatically recruit you. It’s the same way that just because you earn a 3.8 GPA doesn’t mean you will be accepted in to every school. Interviews and essays are just as important as mechanics in a sport like baseball.
A video is not the “end all, be all”, but it does open the door for you if a college coach is wary about your true ability on paper, especially if a program is far away. Once you have video available it is important to sap as much out of that as possible. Much more important questions can be asked after a coach can evaluate footage of your at your position.
Families always ask me how to decide between camps and video is one of the most important parts of this decision making. It is vital that you try to get a feel for the coach’s interest by asking for feedback on a video before figuring out where you need to spend your money and, most importantly, your time throughout this process.
Many people believe game footage is vital for a sport like baseball, but a coach does not have the time to sit down and watch a video of you in an entire game. Also, it’s hard to figure out what angles and footage a coach wants to see. If you have not put a video together yet, be sure to check this page out for more information about how to put a quality video together. After you have created your video this cloudy process will begin to clear up a bit for you and you will understand what you have been missing out on.