If you’re looking to play college baseball and you plan on emailing coaches, it will always help to send a video of yourself to the coach. NCAA, NJCAA and NAIA coaches are always looking for new players and sending a video of yourself can be very beneficial for them. It’s important to have a video with useful footage so college coaches have an idea of your skill level.
A pitcher's video should provide coaches with footage of you throwing from the windup and stretch. When creating the video you should shoot about 5-6 pitches from both sides of the mound (back side & front side) as well as the back and front (behind you and behind the catcher/target). You should throw all your pitches at least 3-4 times. This will give the coach an idea of what your strengths are and what you need to improve on. When shooting from the front and behind, try to have the result of the pitch in focus so the coach can see your accuracy. It’s not necessary to have a radar gun in the video but telling the coach how hard you throw would help. The coach will have an idea from your video what your velocity may be. The length of the video should be no longer than 3-4 minutes.
A catcher’s video should show the catcher receiving, throwing, blocking pitches and fielding a bunt. You should show about 8-10 pitches just being received. After receiving pitches you can move into blocking the ball. Blocking about 8-10 pitches should be enough, but mix up the pitches around the plate so the coach can have an idea of your athleticism. After blocking, move into fielding about 6 bunts, 2 straight ahead and 2 down each baseline. Once you finished bunts move into throwing to the bases. Make about 5-6 throws to second and a couple to first and third. The defensive portion of the video should be about 2 minutes.
An infielder’s video should consist of taking ground balls including backhands and forehands. All positions should throw the ball to second, while the first baseman can throw to third to show arm strength. Each position should show their ability to move their feet while transitioning to a throw to second base. Middle infielders should also include starting the double play and receiving throws from different positions. Each skill should be shown 3-4 times. The infielding portion of the video should be about 2 minutes.
Outfielders need to show their ability to track a fly ball and transition into a throw to third base and home. Outfielders should take fly balls to their left and right as well as straight at them. All balls that are caught in the video should show your footwork and your ability to throw the ball. Outfielders should also play simulated base hits and throwing to bases off them. The outfielding portion of the video should be about 2 minutes.
The hitting portion of the video should include about 15-20 swings in total. It would be ideal to show about 5 swings from both side views and front and back views. If you can get video of actual batting practice it would be best, but front toss can show enough for coaches to get an understanding of skills. The hitting portion of the video should be about 2 minutes.
It’s important to have video that’s 4 minutes or less because you don’t want a coach to skip through and miss a specific skill you wanted them to see. College baseball coaches are looking for videos that are straight to the point and that limit any unneeded footage. A coach just needs an understanding of what you may be able to bring to the team.
I hope this helps - good luck!
Kevin Hussey BSc, MSc
The Baseball Zone
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