A baseball recruiting video is an essential tool in the recruiting process. Athletes can think of it as a way to market themselves and increase their visibility with college coaches. A baseball skills video is an excellent “hook” for athletes to use when contacting college coaches to initiate the evaluation process.
Athletes should keep in mind that coaches are only interested in what a recruit can do on the field. Athletes will make a better impression by demonstrating their baseball skills rather creating a baseball recruiting video that is overproduced with special effects, dramatic music and quick-cut editing.
General filming tips to consider:
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For baseball, there is no difference between a recruiting video and skills video. Unlike many other sports where a recruiting video is a compilation of your best plays from actual games, coaches want to see specific shots from practice to really get a sense of your mechanics. The issue with game footage is that it often doesn’t allow the camera to film in the right place to give coaches the views they want. Below we cover the shots and views coaches want as part of a recruiting skills video. Here is a great overview on AAU baseball.
Putting together a baseball skills video is one of the best ways to get on a coach’s radar—and because skills videos don’t require specific locations or expensive equipment, they can be shot relatively easily on your own!
In the video below, former D1 baseball player and D1 and D3 baseball coach Adam Nemo shares his tips for shooting a skills video, why your video doesn’t have to be “perfect” and what technical abilities coaches want to see, including:
There are a few key places that recruits should post their video online to maximize their chances of it getting seen by college coaches:
Begin recording these pitches after a complete warm-up. The person filming should make sure they show the catcher catching the ball at all times. There are two different camera angles to film pitches from: behind the mound, and behind either the right-handed pitcher’s box or left-handed pitcher’s box. Film half of the pitches from one camera angle and half from the other.
For RHPs, set up the camera three feet to the right and five feet behind the mound to be able to see ball movement. LHPs should be to the left. Show:
The next set of pitches should be filmed with camera set up three feet behind the right-handed batter’s box for RHP and three feet behind the left-handed batter’s box for LHP. Show:
Film with the camera angle 10 feet in front of the catcher and show:
Film with the camera angle positioned two feet to the left and five feet in front of the mound to show:
Film with the camera angle positioned three feet behind the second baseman for half and two feet behind the catcher for half. The film must show the second baseman catch the ball from all camera angles. Show:
Film with the camera angle positioned three feet behind the catcher. The film must show the third baseman catch the ball. Show:
Film with the camera angle positioned three feet behind the plate. The film must show the first baseman catch the ball. Show:
Film with the camera angle positioned four feet to the left of the mound for half of the video and four feet behind short stop for half. The first baseman must be seen catching the ball. Whether the athlete plays SS or 2B, they will need to take their ground balls at SS in order to maximize range and arm strength. Show:
Film half the video with the camera angle positioned four feet to the right of the plate. The other half should be filmed four feet behind the third baseman. The first baseman must be seen catching the ball. Show:
Film with the camera angle positioned four feet to the left of the plate. (Half of the ground balls should be off the bag and half should be holding a runner on.) Show:
Film with the camera angle positioned four feet behind the first baseman. (Half should be off the bag and half should be holding a runner on.) When throwing to 2B, the baseball skills video must show the second baseman catch the ball. Show:
Athletes should also include their feeds to the pitcher in some of the above actions.
CF, RF and LF should take their ground balls and fly balls in right field. Film with camera positioned 15 feet in front of the athlete (in the direction of home plate) and five feet left (toward center field) focusing on the athlete’s movement in the field. Show:
Film with camera behind 3B, showing both the outfielder and the third baseman. The focus should be on the athlete’s throwing accuracy and arm strength. Show:
Film with camera angle behind home plate, showing both RF and C, focusing on throwing accuracy and arm strength. Show:
The pitcher should throw batting-practice-type fastballs. Families can also use a pitching machine. Footage should be filmed either outside on a diamond or in a cage with a pitcher throwing batting-practice-type fastballs—no soft tosses. Take seven swings max at a time. Then, step out and rest for a few minutes. Use an aluminum (never wood) bat. Show:
Those who do not feel confident behind a camera or want to be sure that their skills video is of the highest quality might want to consider turning this job over to professionals. There are several companies who take the worry and guesswork out of producing a skills video. Companies either will create a complete video or will edit footage shot by the recruit’s family. Be sure to ask how they share the videos they produce on YouTube and social media. Here are a few companies who perform these services:
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