Why You're Not Getting Noticed by Colleges: A Parent's Guide to Better Footage

As a parent of a youth athlete playing baseball or softball, you want your child to get noticed by colleges. However, you may be finding that despite your child's hard work and talent, they're not getting the recognition they deserve. In this blog post, we'll take a look at why this may be the case and what you can do to help your child get noticed by colleges.

One of the most important things to understand is that college coaches rely heavily on footage of your child playing in games and tournaments. This footage is often the first thing they'll see when considering your child for their team, so it's important that it's high quality and accurately represents your child's skills. Here are some tips for ensuring that your child's footage is the best it can be.

  1. Invest in a good camera: You don't need a professional-grade camera, but a high-quality, stable camera will make all the difference. This can be footage from a quality phone, GoPro or other style action camera.  The better the footage, the easier it will be for coaches to see your child's skills and make a decision about whether to offer them a spot on the team.

  2. Make sure the footage is clear: Ensure that the footage you provide is clear and easy to see. This means avoiding shaky footage, poor lighting, or other distractions that could take away from your child's performance.

  3. Highlight your child's strengths: When filming your child, focus on capturing the skills and moments that highlight their strengths. For example, if your child is an exceptional pitcher, make sure to capture footage of their pitches and the movement of the ball.

  4. Be consistent: Consistency is key when it comes to footage. Make sure that you're filming all of your child's games and tournaments, and that the footage is of similar quality and format. This will make it easier for coaches to compare your child to other players and make an informed decision.

  5. Edit the footage: Take the time to edit the footage and cut out any parts that are not relevant or that don't accurately represent your child's skills. You may also want to add captions or annotations to highlight specific moments.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your child's footage is the best it can be and that they get noticed by colleges. Remember, the footage is often the first thing that coaches will see when considering your child, so it's important that it accurately represents their skills and abilities. Good luck!