There are lots of recruiting organizations that will tell you to make a highlight tape. Highlight tapes are made from game footage and don’t allow a coach to adequately evaluate your skills. If they feel you are qualified or the type of player they can develop further they will watch your game play. DO NOT MAKE A VIDEO USING GAME FOOTAGE!
College coaches can watch hundreds of videos each year. Your video should be short and to the point.
Dress is a softball uniform or appropriate softball practice uniform. Do not wear tank tops or shorts that you would not play a game in.
- Introduction – You should be on camera introducing yourself. Coaches want to get a feel for you as a person and an athlete. Superimpose your name, city, state, phone and email on the video.
- Infielders – Show yourself fielding 6-7 different types of balls, throwing to bases, and covering bases.
- Outfielders – Show yourself catching fly balls, fielding ground balls, and throwing to the bases.
- Catchers – Show yourself catching balls from a pitcher, throwing to various bases, fielding bunts, and taking throws to the plate.
- Pitchers – Show yourself throwing 3 or 4 of each pitch you throw. Superimpose the type of pitch and speed if possible. Show your fielding ability.
- Hitting – Take 4 or 5 swings making good contact, put down a couple of bunts and show explosion out of the box.
- Running – Show home to 1st, with times. Show rounding 1st and heading for 2nd. Show times for home-to-home but don’t waste film time showing the full run. Possibly just crossing the plate with your times superimposed.
- Sliding – Show your sliding technique.
- Closing – Finish with a close up of the player and their contact information again.
If you add music keep it simple and appropiate. Keep the volume down.