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Making a Player Video: Helpful Hints
 

There is no charge to include your video on the WBCA website (www.wpabaseball.com) so that college coaches can see you in action. Videos can be added by directing us to a website (e.g., youtube, etc.) that permits downloading of videos or mailing your DVD to:

Tony Villiotti
63 Stancey Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

We reserve right to reject any video due to length or content.

If you are going to make a video yourself here, compliments of Mark Saghy, are some things to remember.

General

If a coach cannot see a player in-person, a quality videotape is the next best thing. Videotapes are very valuable when evaluating high school players. They provide a general idea of the players "tools." Thus, if possible, all players should make a videotape to “showcase” their skills and abilities. Here are a few video guidelines:

  • Tape should highlight all aspects of a player’s game – hitting, running, throwing, fielding, etc. More “how to” information is included below under “Video Components”
  • Best videotape is done from a practice/workout, not live game footage. Game footage can be included, but should be brief and at the end of the tape.
  • Use a tripod when available – it prevents the camera from bouncing around.
  • Tape should be about 5-10 minutes in length, no more.
  • Do not include fancy titles, music, etc. on the video. Coaches only want to see the player displaying his skill, nothing else.
  • Label all tapes and cases with the player’s name/address/phone number/high school. This avoids confusion with the coaches who may review several tapes during one sitting.
  • Make sure all players warm up before filming. You may want to go through a “practice” set of each drill before filming. This ensures that the player is ready to showcase his best efforts.
Video Components

Pitching – Recommended to film the pitcher from various angles to allow the coaches to see the pitcher’s mechanics, arm slot, movement on the ball, and location. Best scenario is to show 5-7 pitches from each angle. If you can only film one angle, use the first one noted below:

  • Behind the catcher (mechanics, movement, & location of pitches)
  • Behind the mound (mechanics, movement, arm angle)
  • Pitcher’s open side (mechanics, arm angle, head position)

Hitting – Film the batter from the player’s open side. Right-handed batter should be filmed from the 1st base line while left-handed batters should be filmed from the 3rd base line. Film the batter taking about 10-12 swings in batting practice. This allows the coaches to see the player’s hip rotation and the path of their hands to the ball. If desired, you could also include a few swings from behind the plate to highlight the flight of the ball.

Fielding - Best angle is to film an infielder between 1st base and home plate. This allows coaches to see a player’s range, movement (1st step), hands fielding the ball, and throwing mechanics and strength. Be sure to include the throw to 1st Base so the coaches can see how the ball carries. Try 3 ground balls to the infielder moving in each of the following directions – left, right, in.

Outfielders should be shot from behind the pitcher’s mound while they are in CF. Key is to show the player moving to the ball, fielding it, and then throwing to base. Best scenario is to hit them 1 ground ball and 1 fly ball to each of 3 directions – left, right, and in. Show the player’s movement to the ball, how the field it into their throw, and the flight of the ball to 3B (from CF).

Running – Although not all that common, running can be included in your video at the end. Film a player running the bases, not during a 60-yard dash. Best films typically show a player taking a swing and running to 1st base, as well as a player simulating running from 1st to 3rd. If desired, you could also include a simulated steal from 1st – 2nd.

Catchers - Film the catchers from behind home plate and maybe a few shots filming him from down the first base line to show his open side and mechanics. Best scenario is to film pitches to highlight their ability to “frame” a pitch, receiving the pitch into a throwing position, and then actually throwing down to 2B. I suggest 5 pitches for each of these 3 segments.

 
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