How to Make a Baseball Recruiting Video

Posted on February 13th, 2023 to Recruiting by

Are you a baseball player looking to get recruited for college? One of the most effective ways to get noticed by recruiters is through a baseball recruiting video. However, not all videos are created equal. In this guide, we will take you through a step-by-step process to make a baseball recruiting video that recruiters will love.

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Know the Goal of Your Video

The goal of a baseball recruiting video is to introduce yourself as a player with a certain skillset and GPA/test score profile. Keep it simple and to the point. Your video should show your best attributes. Are you a pitcher with a banger of a curveball? Make sure that’s shown in your video!

Information to Include

Make sure all of the necessary information gets across! Here’s a quick checklist:

  • Age and graduation year
  • Academic information (GPA/SAT/ACT scores)
  • Contact information (phone and email only)
  • Height and weight
  • Extra information (no more than 140 characters of “extra” info – i.e. two-way status, academic programs)

& what not to include:

  • Excessively long videos: Keep it short and sweet. Most evaluators make up their minds within 3-5 pitches.
  • Showy cut graphics: Keep it simple. Coaches are not looking for video editing skills.
  • Hardcore metal/dub-step music: Keep it classic. Use music that is appropriate for all ages, or none at all.
  • No verifiable data: Make sure you include data that can be backed up. Use a radar gun to show your speed, show stats.

How to Make a Baseball Recruiting Video

Pitchers

  • Step 1: Set up a catch net behind your catcher. This is where your radar gun and camera are going to go.
  • Step 2: Set up your video and radar equipment on tripods. Make sure that both are turned on. You want to be able to see the radar gun numbers displayed in the video, the pitcher throwing the ball, and the outcome of the pitch (ball or strike).
  • Step 3: Throw 3-5 pitches of each pitch type to give recruiters a good idea of your repertoire. Throw from both the windup and stretch. Make sure that the camera is capturing your entire body in the frame, including your windup and follow-through.
  • Step 4: Edit your video. Trim the video to remove any excess footage, such as time spent walking to and from the bullpen. Make sure that the video is no longer than two minutes. Also include the intent of your pitches. If you meant to throw a high fastball, explain that.
  • Step 5: Add in your essential information! You can use a simple editing software to add your name, graduation year, GPA, test scores, height, weight, and any other relevant information.
  • Step 6: Add in game footage. It’s not just about your pen. How do you compete? Make sure your video quality is up to par, or do not include it at all.
  • Step 7: Upload your video to social media. Share your video with coaches and recruiters. You can email coaches directly with a link to your video or share it on social media using relevant hashtags.

Hitters

  • Step 1: Set up your camera and tripod. You want to capture both the batter’s swing and the ball’s flight after contact. Make sure you have a good view of the batter from the side and front. You may also want to consider filming different angles.
  • Step 2: Test your camera and lighting. Make sure the lighting is good enough to clearly see the ball and the batter’s swing, and that the camera is capturing everything you need.
  • Step 3: Take some swings. You want to show recruiters a variety of swings, so hit off a tee, soft toss, and batting practice.
  • Step 4: Edit your video. Trim the video to remove any excess footage, such as time spent walking to and from the batting cage. Make sure that the video is no longer than two minutes. Also, include the intent of your swings. If you were trying to go to right field, explain that.
  • Step 5: Add in your essential information! You can use a simple editing software to add your name, graduation year, GPA, test scores, height, weight, and any other relevant information.
  • Step 6: Add in game footage. It’s not just about your swings in the cage. Show recruiters how you perform in game situations. Make sure your video quality is up to par, or do not include it at all.
  • Step 7: Upload your video to social media. Share your video with coaches and recruiters. You can email coaches directly with a link to your video or share it on social media using relevant hashtags.

The Coach & Recruiters POV

Recruiters and coaches have a limited amount of time to see athletes in their area. They have seen thousands of hours of tape already, so they know what they’re looking for. They are looking for a certain tool profile, and they have a very clear idea of what it takes ability-wise to be successful in their league.

Recruiters are looking for:

  • Ability: your raw toolset and athleticism
  • Skill: how well you can apply your ability to game situations
  • Academics: does your GPA align with the schools’ requirements?
  • Character: how do you handle adversity? Are you a good person, team player?

The secret to getting a scholarship is not a secret

A baseball recruiting video can be a game-changer when it comes to getting recruited for college or the pros. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can make a video that showcases your skills and sets you apart from the competition. Remember to keep it simple, include verifiable data, and tailor your video to the specific position you play. Good luck and happy filming!

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