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After receiving advice here about sending out emails of interest to coaches, my son put one together & got his first response today: (summary)

"Coach Walter shared your email with me and we are excited about your interest in our program and your love for the game......Do you have any video that you could send me? We will certainly try to see you play this summer as well, just wanted to have a frame of reference for your abilities and power at the plate!"


We can't afford to pay someone to do a professional video. Is it ok to do one yourself & what should it include?
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A dad video'd my son during the season. His camera cost $200. The rest is just a lot of labor downloading to a laptop and editing. The video is under two minutes. A few good cuts of extra base hits, some baserunning and a couple of great defensive plays. If you don't have season clips take video of a batting practice.
Peninsula - I made my own video using a basic digital camera and Windows Movie Maker. No fancy scene transitions, no music, just the basics. If I can do it anyone can.

My son is a catcher so I had him receiving balls, a little blocking, throwing down to 2nd and 3rd, and handling bunts. We then include about 10 BP swings - half from behind, half looking at him from the side. Finally we had him run a 60-yard dash. Wrapped it up with his name, e-mail, phone # and ACT score. It wound up about 4-1/2 minutes.

Keep it short and sweet.
Keep in mind what they are looking for. They want to see your son's swing, and don't care how far the ball traveled, so get video of HIM, not the ball. Also, edit out the time between plays, leaving only a couple seconds between swings, or plays in the field. Don't waste your time getting overly fancy, they want to evaluate your son, not go to a movie. Finally, keep it short, 2-3 minutes is plenty of time, they just need to see his swing from the side, some video of him playing his position (you can even get this during pre-game), or pitching from both the front and side.
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Rule # 1: Do not narrate.

Get the camera away from any parental cheering. If necessary, send video completely without sound.

The biggest mistake people make with videos is when they try to make a sales pitch. All you're doing here is trying to show them something that will make them want to see your son play live. And they aren't going to do anything serious until they see him in person.

Keep it short and to the point. Batting practice, fielding practice, or bullpens as the case may be work best because you can just give an idea of his size and the athleticism of his body, then show his movements. That's all a video can accomplish.

Showing a HR from a game is not persuasive. For all anyone knows, it might've been the only ball he hit hard all year. Everyone looks great in a highlight video. Game performance is not what this is about.

Home movies work fine if you know how to upload and send them as an e-mail attachment or by mailing a CD/DVD. No need to spend lots of money here.
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Thank you all so much for this advice. I am going to have my son read this. We've been caught a little off guard here & did not expect to have anyone request a video so soon.

He often videotapes himself so he can review it but none of that would be suitable to send out since it is done from his cage or our basement. I'm very relieved to see that this is something we can put together ourselves.
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Originally posted by TRhit:
Realize that these coaches get emails such as your sons all the time - the video they are requesting is just so they can make a determination as to whether or not to make a trip to see your son in action


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Congrats on getting a positive response from a good school and program. I hope everything works out.
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Originally posted by dub-L-play:
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Originally posted by TRhit:
Realize that these coaches get emails such as your sons all the time - the video they are requesting is just so they can make a determination as to whether or not to make a trip to see your son in action


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Congrats on getting a positive response from a good school and program. I hope everything works out.
What's wrong with the truth. Some of the schools my son sent emails were more specific stating they would like to see a video before they put him on their "watch" list. Some of the more academic schools also added transcripts to the request.
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