The Recruiting Notebook: Tips on how to develop the best baseball recruitment video

A look at how to build a baseball recruitment video
Given the expansive number of amateur baseball players in the region, the Philadelphia Baseball Review is unveiling a new weekly column to demystify the art of college recruiting. Each week we'll provide insights and tips on how players can strategically position themselves for an opportunity to win over a coach or a program.

Here, we're looking at the steps to create an impactful recruitment video that'll enable you to showcase your talent while also saving valuable time for coaches and recruiters. If executed properly, a recruitment video can be a win-win for everybody involved.

Some things to think about if you're a pitcher piecing together a recruitment video: The camera should be positioned behind you and slightly to your throwing arm side, allowing for the viewer to see the movement of your pitches. It's also smart to lead with your best pitch as you'll want to entice the viewer to keep watching the tape. Remember, first impressions are lasting.

In addition to the angle from behind and to the throwing arm, it's a good idea to also get some close-in side shots, preferably in slow motion, so an observer can view your mechanics and release point. It's also a good idea to show the speed of your pitches and throw several of each.

If you're an infielder, you'll want the camera located near home plate to give a clear view of your approach to balls hit in your direction. You'll want an assortment of opportunities here, including routine grounders, liners, choppers, and balls to your left and right. You'll also want to show your arm power, especially if you're on the left side of the infield, so it makes sense to have another camera angle set to record down the first base line.

It's a pretty similar strategy if you're an outfielder except there should be a bit more emphasis on charging balls and throws back into the infield. As for a catcher, you'll want to show your ability to receive and frame pitches, blocking skills to both sides, throws to first via bunts, and throws to second base on a potential stolen base. It's a good idea also to include a timer to show your pop time from behind the plate.

All players should consider including a clip of the 60-yard dash in their video, but that's only if the timing is below 7.5 seconds, beyond that it's probably best to leave it out.

As for hitting, it's best to have an angle from behind the plate and to the opposite side. This allows the viewer to see your footwork in the batter's box and your ability to hit to both sides of the field. It's also a good idea to get some side angle shots here too so a viewer can see your mechanics.

The key to everything here is to be quick. The video, at maximum, should not exceed more than three minutes. Coaches and recruiters don't have the time to watch anything longer. The transitions should be simple cuts, nothing fancy.

Lastly, it's a good idea to have your vitals on the opening and closing screens of the video. This should include details such as your name, high school, age, measurements, GPA, and a listing of travel teams and awards received. You should also include your contact information, such as phone number and email address.

If you're looking for some help with your video, or want another eye to take a look at what you have, feel free to drop an email or find me on Twitter.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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