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A softball skills video is arguably the most important part of your profile. Skills videos are an essential tool for players seeking college softball scholarships.

College coaches don’t have the time to see softball recruits in person. Which makes a well-made skills video an essential part of your online resume.

It takes only a few minutes for a recruiting video to show college coaches what you have to offer. A skills video should show skills clips specific to your position but does not require actual game footage. If you follow the outlines below, you will create a solid skill video.

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Hitting and Base Running

You must include hitting in your softball highlight video. Your pitcher should throw batting practice-type fastballs or you can use a pitching machine. Some players will hit off a tee, which can work but is not ideal. In the hitting portion of your softball video, you need to show two different camera angles:

  • 6-10 hits with the camera angle behind the hitter to see where the ball goes

  • 6-10 hits with the camera angle on the open side of the hitter to your form

If you are a speedy runner, you should show off your base running skills. Set up the camera at the 3B side of home plate. Take a swing and run through 1B. Then take another swing and run home. If sliding is a talent you possess, you can slide into home.

 

Video tip: The “open side” refers to the side the batter faces when they are hitting. Similarly, a pitcher’s open side is the side she faces as she’s pitching.

Select the defensive position you play

  • 1 = Pitcher

  • 2 = Catcher

  • 3 = 1st base

  • 4 = 2nd base

  • 5 = 3rd base

  • 6 = shortstop

  • OF = outfield

Pitching

Show off all your pitches.

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The easiest way to capture your best pitches is to film many pitches and pull out your best ones during the editing process. You need to shoot from two different camera angles:

  • Set camera up about 5 ft. behind the mound. If you’re a LHP, move the camera about 3 ft. to the left, and if you’re a RHP, move the camera about 3 ft. to the right. This gives coaches a better look at your form and ball speed. Complete about 3 throws each of your best pitches, including your fastball.

  • Set the camera up about 3 ft. behind the catcher, so college coaches can see the pitch going into the catcher’s glove. Complete about 3 throws each of your best pitches, including your fastball (NCSA) .
     

Catching

Framing, blocking, pop times, throws, and bunt coverages.

Catchers have much to cover in their skills video. There are four primary skills college coaches want to see in a catcher’s skills video:

  • Framing: Coaches need to see the catcher’s movements. Place the camera about 10 ft. in front of the pitcher to show the catcher framing pitches—about 2-3 pitches on each corner.

  • Blocking: Position the camera about 2 ft. to the left and 5 ft. in front of the mound. Block 2-3 pitches directly in front of you, next block 2-3 pitches to your left and 2-3 pitches to your right.

  • Pop and throws: Coaches want to see you coming up from a squat and throwing or throwing from your knees. Set the camera about 3 ft. behind 3B for 2-4 throws and about 2 ft. behind the catcher for 2-3 throws.

  • Bunts and throws: You’ll need to show the coach your throw to 1B from two bunts along the 1B line and 2 bunts up the 3B line. Position your camera 3 ft. behind the plate for 2 bunts and 3 ft. to the right of 1B for 2 throws (NCSA).
     

1st Base

Cover the bag and scoop the ball.

College coaches want to see how well you cover the bag in your softball skills video. Set up your camera behind home plate and about 4 ft. to the left for the best vantage point during the following:

  • 3-4 ground balls hit directly to you

  • 3-4 ground balls hit to your left

  • 3-4 ground balls hit to your right/backhand

 

You also need to record film of you fielding about 3-4 bunts (NCSA).
 

2nd Base

2B should take all ground balls from SS to show the maximum arm strength and range. Position the camera about 4 ft. to the left of the mound for half of your throws. Then, set up your camera 4 ft. behind 1B for the other half of your throws. Here’s what you need to show:

ground balls hit directly at you

  • 2-4 ground balls hit 8-10 feet to your left

  • 2-4 ground balls hit 8-10 feet to your right

  • 2-4 slow choppers hit directly at you

College coaches also want to see how you execute double plays. You want to show 4-5 feeds from second base to the shortstop. Set up your camera 2 ft. behind the mound for the first 2-3 shots and 4 ft. behind 1B for last 2-3 shots.

  • 2 ground balls hit directly at you

  • 2 ground balls hit 4 ft. to your right

  • 2 ground balls hit 4 ft. to your left

(NCSA)
 

3rd Base

It’s important to show off your strength and accuracy through hard ground balls, slow choppers and bunt coverage. For half of your fielding, position the camera in front of you and about 4 ft. to the right of home base. For the other half, set up your camera about 1 ft. behind first base. Your softball skills video should include:

  • 3-4 ground balls hit directly at you

  • 3-4 ground balls hit directly to your left

  • 3-4 ground balls hit directly to your right/backhand

  • 3-4 slow choppers hit directly at you

Softball recruiting video tip: To save time it’s easier to have someone throw hard grounders to your athlete rather than hit them.
(NCSA)

Shortstop

Position the camera about 4 ft. to the left of the mound for half of your throws. Then, set up your camera 4 ft. behind 1B for the other half of your throws. Here’s what you need to show:

ground balls hit directly at you

  • 2-4 ground balls hit 8-10 feet to your left

  • 2-4 ground balls hit 8-10 feet to your right

  • 2-4 slow choppers hit directly at you

College coaches also want to see how you execute double plays. You want to show 4-5 feeds from second base come across the bag, with you making the throw to 1B. Set up your camera 2 ft. behind the mound for the first 2-3 shots and 4 ft. behind 1B for last 2-3 shots (NCSA).

Outfield

College coaches want to see outfielders take groundballs and fly balls from right or centerfield. There are three main camera angles to capture film from:

  • With the camera positioned halfway between 2B and the mound, throw two ground balls, and two fly balls hit directly to you to 2B. Repeat this for grounders and fly balls hit to your left and your right.

  • Set your camera up directly behind 3B and throw two ground balls and two fly balls hit directly to you to 3B. Repeat this for balls hit to your left and to your right.

  • Position your camera directly behind the catcher and throw two groundballs and two fly balls hit directly to you to home plate (NCSA).