For baseball, there’s little difference between a recruiting video and skills video. Coaches prefer a skills video, specific shots from practice to really get a sense of your mechanics.  Video shot from the right angle, height and distance will provide the best views to evaluate mechanics, speed, athleticism, power and body language. 

Shots and views coaches want as part of a recruiting skills video:

 

A coach will want to see;  the radar gun numbers displayed in the video, pitcher throwing the ball and the outcome of of the pitch.  The radar gun should not be obscuring the shot with the pitcher visible in the frame.   You want clear views from behind the mound and behind-the-catcher to see ball movement. 

To see ball movement from behind the mound, coaches suggest about 5 feet behind the mound and off-set by 3 feet to the right or left depending on RHP or LHP.  From behind the catcher, ball movement is clearly seen from 3 feet behind either the right-handed batters box for RHP or the left-handed batters box for LHP. 

From behind the mound, show:

  • 10 varied pitches out of the wind-up with 5 being fastballs                 
  • 10 varied pitches out of the stretch with 5 being fastballs

From behind the catcher, show:

  • 10 varied pitches out of the wind-up with 5 being fastballs                   
  • 10 varied pitches out of the stretch with 5 being fastballs

Catchers must be able to block a thrown ball, in the dirt and is one of the potentially game saving skills your need. Coaches will look at arm strength and mechanics shown while throwing to 2nd and 3rd base. Camera position and angle are important for showing coaches a combination of your footwork, exchange and arm strength to throw out baserunners.  

Pitch Framing

  • Position a camera angle about 10 feet in front of the catcher and approximately 6″ off the grass 
  • 4 pitches, 2 on each corner

Pitch Blocking

  • Position a camera angle 2 feet to the left and 5 feet in front of the mound
  • 5 pitches directly in front, 5 pitches to your left, 5 pitches to your right

Throws to 2nd Base

  • Position a camera angle 3 feet behind the 2nd baseman and then 2 feet behind the catcher.  Film must show the 2nd baseman catch the ball. 
  • 5 pop and throws to 2B (angle behind 2B)
  • 5 pop and throws to 2B (angle behind catcher)

Throws to 3rd Base

  • Position the camera angle 3 feet behind the plate.  The film must show the 3rd basemen catch the ball.
  • 4 throws to 3B

Bunts and Throws to 1st Base

Film with the camera angle positioned 3 feet behind the plate.  The film must show the first baseman catch the ball.

  • 3 mock bunts up the 1B line and throws to 1B
  • 3 mock bunts up the 3B line and throws to 1B

Coaches want to see a variety of movements at this position, especially playing the ball in a strong throwing position and quick transition to throw.  Film with the camera angle positioned about 4 feet to the left of the mound. The first baseman must be seen catching the ball.  For 2nd basement to demonstrate max range and arm strength, take ground balls at the SS position. Show: 

  • 2 feeds to 2B for double plays
  • 2 feeds from the second baseman coming across the bag and making the throw to 1B. (Can also turn it as a second baseman receiving from the shortstop if you are a second baseman.)
  • 2 slow choppers hit directly at you
  • 2 ground balls hit 8–10 feet to your right
  • 2 ground balls hit 8–10 feet to your left
  • 4 ground balls hit directly at you

Film with the camera 4 feet behind short stop.  The first baseman must be seen catching the ball.  For 2nd basement to demonstrate max range and arm strength, take ground balls at the SS position. Show:

  • 2 feeds to 2B for double plays
  • 2 feeds from the second baseman coming across the bag and making the throw to 1B. (Can also turn it as a second baseman receiving from the shortstop if you are a second baseman.)
  • 2 slow choppers hit directly at you
  • 2 ground balls hit 8–10 feet to your right
  • 2 ground balls hit 8–10 feet to your left
  • 4 ground balls hit directly at you

Coaches want to see a variety of movements at this position.  The backhand play down the third base line is difficult to make and come up throwing overhand to first.  On bunted, chopped balls and slow rollers coaches want to see your approach and proper timing prior to fielding the ball. 

Film with the camera angle positioned about 4 feet to the right of the plate.  he first baseman must be seen catching the ball.  Show: 

  • 2 slow choppers hit directly at you
  • 2 ground balls hit directly to your right/backhand
  • 2 ground balls hit directly to your left
  • 2 ground balls hit directly at you

Film with the camera angel 4 feet behind the third baseman. The first baseman must be seen catching the ball.  Show: 

  • 2 slow choppers hit directly at you
  • 2 ground balls hit directly to your right/backhand
  • 2 ground balls hit directly to your left
  • 2 ground balls hit directly at you

Coaches want to see a variety of movements, mobility and versatility at this position. 

Film with the camera angle positioned 4 feet to the left of the plate. 

From off the bag, show: 

  • 2 ground balls hit directly at you
  • 2 ground balls hit directly to your left
  • 2 ground balls hit directly to your backhand
  • 2 slow choppers hit directly at you

Holding a runner on, show:

  • 2 ground balls hit directly at you
  • 2 ground balls hit directly to your left
  • 2 ground balls hit directly to your backhand
  • 2 slow choppers hit directly at you

On the final swing of your behind hitter view round, run a hard 90 through first base. Make sure the base is visible and that the video is in real time. Coaches can use their stopwatch to determine the time.