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I put together a recruiting video for my 2022.  Hitting, catching and 3rd base.  I sent it to his coaches and the owner of the organization to get feedback.  Overall positive feedback but some items that I don't know how to fix or if they need fixing.

I know they have a video service, $'s.  I don't want him sending out a bad video.  It looks good to me but what do I know? How do you know if your home video is good enough?

Anyone willing to review them?


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I'm sure you'll get great feedback via PM, but for others who stumble across this thread there are some basic principles that work.  As others have said, it doesn't need to be fancy, an iPhone does a fine job.  No music.  A key is to isolate the players movements from an angle coaches need to see it from.  Don't worry about getting the field in the view, and don't shoot from 100' away - get in close.  Keep it to 90-120 seconds.  Cut out all the dead time between reps.  Look like a ball player, make it all business.  Additionally, I'd suggest the following:

1)  Start with a stat sheet - name, age, school w/GPA & SAT/ACT scores, height & weight,  key stats (confirmed pop, throwing velo, exit velo, 60 yd time), coaches contact info.

2) A few cage swings viewed directly across from the hitter.  Tee is fine, BP is better.  A small tripod is invaluable here.  I like wood bats, and I like including the sound of the contact, but that's just me.

3)  For a catcher, show a few pitches receiving and blocking from the point of view of the pitcher.  He should have in-game energy.

4)  Show a few throw downs from the point of view of the lefty batters box, and a couple from behind the catcher to show to flight of the ball.  It's a bonus to have a radar gun reading captured on the video from this angle.

5)  There's lots of opinions about live game footage... personally I like it if it shows something meaningful.  For example, if you capture him springing up to field a bunt or throw out a runner... adding a few of these I think is good stuff.

I agree on the game footage - no routine defensive plays, if possible, and on cutting out dead time. For example, on a double in the gap you don't need to show him getting to 2nd  - cut after he rounds 1st*.  Use the time you saved to add another double.

* Unless he's slow af - then cut after he leaves the box. 

Good advice offered above. The cardinal rule of video is “don’t send video that isn’t good enough to help your cause.”  A lot of people make this mistake in their hurry and excitement to send something out to coaches. It’s better to send nothing than to send something that gets you crossed off of a list. I would suggest a last line of review before sending any video. After you have shot & edited, shot & edited, etc. and you think you are finished sent to to a trusted (and knowledgeable) baseball source for a final review. It can be a coach, a scout, an instructor, etc.,.....and then make whatever changes they suggest. You don’t want anything that looks bad in the video. This includes body language, a SS not catching a throw down from the C, etc. You want your video to be short & clean. 

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