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Tips for Shooting a Baseball or Softball Skills Video

Tips on Producing a Baseball/Softball Highlight Video 

Video provides coaches that have not seen you play with an accurate evaluation of your skills.  By watching your video, coaches can decide if you are a prospective recruit by assessing your athletic abilities. Coaches are not interested in flashy productions, so keep it simple.  Whether you higher a professional or do it yourself, follow these steps:

  • Wear your full uniform
  • Shoot the footage in a practice setting. Avoid game footage.
  • Edit out all the dead time periods when there is no action.
  • Use a tripod at all times.
  • Limit the final video to 3 - 4 minutes.
  • Cut the video into segments (Hitting, Fielding, Running, Pitching) for the coach's viewing convenience.
  • Make sure you shoot the video from angles that coaches want to see.
  • The video should show you at your best; edit out dropped balls, fumbles, etc.

PITCHERS: Shots 1 – 12: 
Place the camera half way between home plate and the mound (R1 or L1).  It should be slightly towards 3B if you are a righty or slightly towards first if you are a lefty.  Do not film behind the catcher or backstop, it is too far.  If you have a radar gun, place it behind the catcher and cut to a quick clip of it once for each type of pitch you throw. 

Shots 13 – 21:  Place the camera behind the pitcher and catch the flight of the ball to the catcher (R2 or L2).  It should be positioned slightly toward SS if you are a righty or slightly toward 2B if you are a lefty. 

Shot # Pitch Type Situation Camera Positions
1 - 5
Fastball
Wind up
R1 or L1
6
Fastball
Stretch
R1 or L1
7
Change
Wind up
R1 or L1
8
Change
Stretch
R1 or L1
9
Curve
Wind up
R1 or L1
10
Curve
Stretch
R1 or L1
11
Any Other
Wind up
R1 or L1
12
Any Other
Stretch
R1 or L1
13
Fastball
Wind up
R2 or L2
14
Fastball
Wind up
R2 or L2
15
Fastball
Stretch
R2 or L2
16
Change
Wind up
R2 or L2
17
Change
Stretch
R2 or L2
18
Curve
Wind up
R2 or L2
19
Curve
Stretch
R2 or L2
20
Any Other
Wind up
R2 or L2
21
Any Other
Stretch
R2 or L2

Camera Position Codes for Pitcher Video
R1 = For righties, between the mound and home plate on the 3rd base side.
L1 = For lefties, between the mound and home plate, on the 1st base side.
R2 = For righties, towards shortstop position to capture flight of ball to catcher.
L2 = For lefties, towards 2B’s position to capture flight of ball to catcher.

OUTFIELDERS – Stand in right field, about 260 feet field from the plate. Shots 1-4:  Place the camera at the 2B’s position.  The cameraman should get a close up of you so the coach can evaluate your footwork, positioning, and mechanics.  Keep the camera focused on you – do not let the cameraman follow the flight of the ball.  Make sure to throw a line-drive, one-hopper to 3B.  You can use a cut-off man in the infield for a target only, but do not let him cut the ball. Shots 5-10:  Place the camera behind the third base line and then behind the catcher so the coach can evaluate the flight of the ball.

Shot # Fungo Type Throw To Camera Positions
1 Pop Fly 3B 2nd Baseman
2 Ground Ball 3B 2nd Baseman
3 Pop Fly Home 2nd Baseman
4 Ground Ball Home 2nd Baseman
5 Pop Fly 3B 3rd Base
6 Ground Ball 3B 3rd Base
7 Ground Ball 3B 3rd Base
8 Pop Fly Home Behind Catcher
9 Ground Ball Home Behind Catcher
10 Ground Ball Home Behind Catcher

 If you have a radar gun, place it near home plate and cut to a quick clip of it one time during each sequence.

MIDDLE INFIELDERS & THIRD BASEMEN – Stand at deep SS Shots 1-6:  Place the camera between the mound and home plate.  Have the cameraman focus on you and capture all your movements in the frame and the last 15 feet or so of the ball before it reaches you.  The coach wants to evaluate your hands, footwork, the way you circle the ball, and your throwing mechanics. Shots 7-12:  Place the camera behind 1B so the coach can see the flight of the ball.

Shot # Fungo Type Throw To Camera Positions
1-2 Grounder directly at you 1B Front Left of Mound
3 Grounder to your left 1B Front Left of Mound
4 Grounder to your right 1B Front Left of Mound
5 Slow grounder you charge 1B Front Left of Mound
6 Grounder directly at you 2B Front Left of Mound
7-8 Grounder directly at you 1B Behind First
9 Grounder to your left 1B Behind First
10 Grounder to your right 1B Behind First
11 Slow grounder you charge 1B Behind First
12 Grounder to 2B to you 1B Behind First

If you have a radar gun, place it behind 1B and cut to a quick clip of the reading one time.  

FIRST BASEMEN – Stand at deep 1B so you’ll have a long throw across the diamond. 
Shots1-5:  Place the camera between the mound and home plate.  Have the cameraman focus on you and capture all your movements in the frame and the last 15 feet or so of the ball before it reaches you.  The coach wants to evaluate your hands, footwork, and your throwing mechanics. 

Shots 6-10:  Place the camera behind 3B.  Have the cameraman focus on you and the flight of the ball.  The coach wants to evaluate your footwork, arm strength and throwing accuracy.

Shot # Fungo Type Throw To Camera Positions
1-2 Grounder directly at you 3B Front Right of Mound
3 Grounder to your left 3B Front Right of Mound
4 Grounder to your right 3B Front Right of Mound
5 Slow grounder you charge 3B Front Right of Mound
6 Grounder directly at you 3B Behind 3rd
7-8 Grounder directly at you 3B Behind 3rd
9 Grounder to your left 3B Behind 3rd
10 Grounder to your right 3B Behind 3rd
11 Slow grounder you charge 3B Behind 3rd

If you have a radar gun, place it behind 3B and cut to a quick clip of the reading one time. 

CATCHERS – Get in your crouch behind the plate and wear your full equipment.  Have the pitcher stand about 40 feet away and throw batting practice speed pitches to you.  You will need a stopwatch to record your pop to pop time (the time it takes from the instant the ball hits your glove until it hits the 2B’s glove). 

Shots 1-9:  Place the camera between home plate and the mound so the coach can see how you block the ball, frame the ball, your footwork, quickness, and your throwing mechanics. 

Shots 10-11
:  Place the camera behind 2B so the coach can evaluate the flight of your throw during a steal situation

Shot Type of Pitch Throw To Camera Positions
1 Right to your glove 2B Front Side of Mound
2 Right to your glove 2B Front Side of Mound
3-4 In the dirt directly at you None Front Side of Mound
5-6 In the dirt to your right None Front Side of Mound
7-8 In the dirt to your left None Front Side of Mound
9 Slow bunt 2B Front Side of Mound
10 Right to your glove 2B Behind Second Base

If you have a radar gun, place it behind 2B and cut to a quick clip of the reading one time.  Cut to a quick clip of a stopwatch after shots 1 and 2.  

HITTING Place the camera about 10 feet away so your whole body fills the screen.  If you’re a righty, place the camera near to 1B on deck circle.  If you’re a lefty, place the camera near the 3B on deck circle.  The coach is evaluating your stance, bat speed, balance, and swing mechanics.  Take about 15 swings. 

Shot # Type of Pitch Hit Camera Positions
1 Slow BP speed Bunt On Deck Circle
2-6 Slow BP speed middle Hit Away On Deck Circle
7 - 11 Slow BP speed outside corner Opposite Field On Deck Circle
12 - 16 Slow BP speed middle Hit Away Behind Home Plate
12-21 Slow BP speed outside corner Opposite Field Behind Home Plate

If you are primarily a pitcher, you do not need to video your hitting on the tape unless your skills are exceptional.  

RUNNING Every coach will want to evaluate your foot speed and quickness.  You will need a stopwatch.  Place the camera about 10 feet behind the finish line.  If you are a pitcher, catcher, or a below average runner for your position, you should not include running on your video. 

Shot 1:  Get in your batting stance and have someone throw a slow pitch to you.  Swing as if it were a game situation, drop the bat and sprint down the line.   Start the stopwatch the moment contact is made with the ball and stop it when you touch 1B.  Just run one time and cut to a quick clip of the reading on the stopwatch.
 
Shot 2:  If you don’t have a tape measure to mark off 60 yards, use your school’s football field.  Just run one time and cut to a quick clip of the reading on the stopwatch.

Shot # Length of Run Camera Position
1 Home to First Behind First Base
2 60 Yards Behind Finish Line
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