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 for coaches to evaluate mechanics, speed, athleticism, power and body language.
If you live in Georgia and need help filming these skills, we have video experts that will come to your practice or meet with you and your coach at any location.
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
From behind the catcher
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.
Throws to 2nd Base
Throws to 3rd Base
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.
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.
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.
Double Plays Film with the camera angle positioned about 4 feet to the left of the mound
Field & Throw to 1st Film with the camera angle positioned about 4 feet to the left of the mound
Double Plays Film with the camera 4 feet behind short stop.
Field & Throw to 1st Film with the camera 4 feet behind short stop.
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.
The first baseman must be seen catching the ball.
Field & Throw to 1st Film with the camera angle positioned about 4 feet to the right of the plate.
Film & Throw to 1st Film with the camera angel 4 feet behind the third baseman.
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
Holding a runner on
CF, RF and LF should take their ground balls and fly balls in right field.
Field, Catch & Throw to 3rd Film with camera positioned 15 feet in front of the athlete (in the direction of home plate) and five feet left (toward center field)
Focus is on the athlete’s movement in the field.
Field, Catch & Throw to 3rd Film with camera behind 3B, showing both the outfielder and the third baseman. The focus should be on throwing accuracy and arm strength.
Field, Catch & Throw to Home Plate Film with camera angle behind home plate, showing both RF and C,
Focus is on throwing accuracy and arm strength.
The pitcher or coach should throw batting-practice-type fastballs. Pitching machines are OK to use.
Footage should be filmed either outside on a diamond or in a cage with a pitcher/coach throwing batting-practice-type fastballs.(no soft tosses)
It's a good idea to take 6-7 swings at a time, then rest for 2-3 minutes. Use an aluminum (never wood) bat.
Position the camera behind the catcher
Position the camera 5 feet to the right of the plate (RHB) or left of the plate (LHB)
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.