If you’re serious about baseball or softball, you’ve probably already spent hundreds or even thousands of dollars in travel and team fees. Since college scholarships today are worth up to $16,000 a year, securing one is a great way to make that investment pay off. College recruiting videos are a highly effective method of showcasing your athletic abilities. They are a key tool in today’s recruiting world that can unlock a scholarship far out weighing the cost of the video.
Here are some other key points:
♦ Whether you want to play DI or DIII, a highlight reel can get you in front of recruiters. Quite simply, video has the ability to connect the right players with the right coaches.
♦ Providing a coach with a video of your skills gives them something to get to know you as an athlete. You are not telling them about you; you are showing them.
♦ Creating a recruiting video tells college coaches that you are serious about your sport, even if they never watch it.
♦ Keep in mind that the smaller college programs don’t have a travel budget, so they can’t travel around the country to see players at tournaments. A video and your player profile may be all they have to spark their interest in you.
♦ In this day and age the vast majority of recruitment video is watched on-line. Players simply email the coach a link where they can watch the video.
♦ Submit your video by the spring of your junior year for a Division I or II scholarship. Timing is less critical for Division III.
Features of College Recruiting Videos produced by Salem Diamond Sports:
- NEW High Definition Camera!
- Cyberlink Power Director Video Editing Software.
- Produced by Coach Gary Barr (not just some photographer!) highlighting the players best skills.
- Bat Speed Measured.
- Ball Exit Speed Measured.
- Pitched Ball Speed Measured.
- Timer for throws and running speed.
- Video uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo.
- Professional appearance.
- Video delivered within one week after film session. Allow three hours for filming.
- Use your field or rent a field (additional charge).
Here are some samples:
Katie Virtue: 2014 Left Side Slapper/Outfield
Molly Smith: 2014 Pitcher
Mackenzie Miller: 2012 Second Base/Outfield
Jaycee Nelson: 2013 Pitcher/Middle Infield
Cheyenne Mendenhall: 2013 Pitcher/Outfield
Alee Banuelos: 2014 Third Base/First Base
Vanessa Oakden: 2013 Catcher/First Base
Sydney Wilson: 2013 Outfielder
Kierra Kallunki: 2012 Pitcher/Outfielder
Emili Riggs: 2012 Catcher/First Base
Ashley Wirth: 2013 Outfield