I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about videos, how much to spend on them, and what they need to entail.
Videos of your playing ability can be a great tool for the introductory email to introduce yourself to a college coach and a quick way to see if a coach would have ANY interest at all. Videos are NOT going to sell a coach on you but can definitely get him interested!
Here are a four tips on how to create an effective video:
- First, and most importantly, videos do NOT have to be fancy and definitely do NOT need to be dressed up with music and transitions: You should NEVER pay several hundreds or thousands of dollars to have a video made! As long as coaches and clearly see you hit, throw, field, or run from the proper angles, that is all that matters!
- Don’t make the video too long: The coach will not sit there and watch a 20 minute video of you because he doesn’t have the time. A 2-3 minute video that shows you doing EVERYTHING is much more effective! A coach can tell after 4-5 swings, 3-4 throws, and a few groundballs whether or not you have a chance to play for him and whether or not he wants to see more of you!
- Show different angles: When hitting, you want the view directly from the side and, if possible, from the front. When fielding, a view from home plate as well as a view from 1st throwing across are good. With pitching, a side video and a view behind the catcher are perfect! If you want to add a 60, record it from the finish line.
- Number of repetitions: In total, you want about 10 of each item you do. This would mean 5 swings from the front and 5 from the side. Same thing with pitching and hitting! If a coach wants more, he will definitely ask for it!
Overall, your job with a video is to make the coach interested! If the video tries to sell the coach, it will be a quick turnoff. If the coach wants or needs something more or something specific, he will tell you exactly what he wants!