Softball - By Position

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For softball, there's little difference between a recruiting video and skills video. Coaches prefer a skills video to make their initial evaluation, 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.   

 


Pitchers

A coach will want to see the pitcher and catcher at the same time.  If you decide to have radar gun numbers displayed in the video, 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 plate, 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.

 

To capture you at your best, film a bunch of pitches, then use the best ones during the editing process.


From behind the mound, show at least:

  • 10 of your best pitches including your fastball (ie.rise, drop, curve)             

From behind the catcher, show at least:

  • 10 of your best pitches including your fastball (ie rise, drop, curve)                         

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Catchers

There are four main skills coaches want to see; Framing, Blocking, Pop & Throws, Bunts & Throws.   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 (coaches need to see the catcher's movement)

  • 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 (coaches want to see you find the ball and throw to first)

  • Position a camera angle 2 feet to the left and 5 feet in front of the mound
  • Block 2-3 pitches directly in front, 2-3 pitches to your left, 2-3 pitches to your right

Pop and throws (coaches want to see you coming up from a squat and throw or coming down to a squat and throw)

  • 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. 
  • 2-4 pop and throws to 2B (angle behind 2B)
  • 2-4 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 

  • Film with the camera angle positioned 3 feet behind the plate and 3 feet to the right of 1B. The film must show the first baseman catch the ball.
  • 2-3 bunts up the 1B line and throws to 1B
  • 2-3 bunts up the 3B line and throws to 1B

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Shortstops & Second Base

Coaches want to see a variety of movements at this position. SS and 2B should field ground balls from SS to show max arm strength and range.  If 2B is primary position, it's OK to field plays from there, but also show throws from SS. 


Fielding & Throwing to 1st Base  

  • 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. 
  • 2-4  slow choppers hit directly at you
  • 2-4  ground balls hit 8–10 feet to your right
  • 2-4  ground balls hit 8–10 feet to your left
  • 4 ground balls hit directly at you

Fielding & Throwing to 1st Base

  • Film with the camera 4 feet behind 1B  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:
  • 2-4 slow choppers hit directly at you
  • 2-4 ground balls hit 8–10 feet to your right
  • 2-4 ground balls hit 8–10 feet to your left
  • 4 ground balls hit directly at you

Double plays  

  • Film with the camera 2 feet behind the mound, then  move the camera 4 feet behind 1B. 
  • 4-6  feeds from 2B come across the bag throwing to 1B

Fielding & Throwing to 2nd Base (Show fielding from the SS position)

  • Film with the camera 2 feet behind the mound. 
  • 2-3 ground balls hit directly at you
  • 2-3 ground balls hit 4 feet to your right
  • 2-3 ground balls hit 4 feet to your left

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Third Base

Coaches want to see a variety of movements at this position to show strength and accuracy.  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. 


Fielding & Throwing to 1st Base 

  • Film with the camera angle positioned about 4 feet to the right of the plate.  1B must be seen catching the ball.
  • 2-3  hard ground balls hit directly at you
  • 2-3 slow choppers hit directly at you
  • 2-3 hard ground balls hit directly to your      right/backhand
  • 2-3 hard ground balls hit directly to your left

Fielding & Throwing to 1st Base

  • Film with the camera angle 2 feet behind 1B. The first baseman must be seen catching the ball. 
  • 2-3 hard ground balls hit directly at you
  • 2-3 slow choppers hit directly at you
  • 2-3 ground balls hit directly to your right/backhand
  • 2-3 ground balls hit directly to your left

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First Base

Coaches want to see how well you cover the bag and scoop the ball. 

  • Film with the camera angle positioned 4 feet behind and to the left of the plate.
  • 3-4 ground balls hit at you
  • 3-4 ground balls hit to your left
  • 3-4 ground balls hit to your right/backhand
  • 3-4 bunts  

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Outfielders

Coaches want to see speed, arm strength and accuracy.  For all positions, take groundballs and fly balls from right or centerfield.  There are three primary camera angles to capture these skills. 

  

Catch, Field & Throw to 2B 

  • Film with a camera angle positioned halfway between 2B and the mound. 
  • 2 ground balls hit directly at you to 2B
  • 2 fly balls hit directly at you to 2B 
  • 2 ground balls hit to your left to 2B
  • 2 fly balls hit to your left to 2B
  • 2 ground balls hit to your right to 2B
  • 2 fly balls hit to your right to 2B

Catch, Field & Throw to 3B 

  • Film with a camera angle positioned directly behind 3B.
  • 2 ground balls hit directly at you to 3B
  • 2 fly balls hit directly at you to 3B 
  • 2 ground balls hit to your left to 3B
  • 2 fly balls hit to your left to 3B
  • 2 ground balls hit to your right to 3B
  • 2 fly balls hit to your right to 3B

Catch, Field & Throw to Home Plate

  • Film with a camera angle positioned directly behind the catcher.
  • 2 ground balls hit directly at you to home plate
  • 2 fly balls hit directly at you to home plate

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Hitting & Running

Most players will need to include hitting in their skills video. Ideally, your coach or pitcher should throw batting practice-type fastballs or you can use a pitching machine. 


Hitting

  • Position the camera behind the hitter to see where the ball goes
  • 6-10 hits

  

  • Position the camera on the open side to show form and mechanics
  • 6-10 hits

Running 

To show coaches your speed, base running and sliding, position the camera at the 3B side of home plate. Take a swing and run through 1B, and then take another swing and run for home. If sliding is a big part of your game, you can slide into home.