College Coach’s Perspective: Baseball Edition
As we continue on in our blog series on the coach’s perspective of recruiting videos, we now move from soccer to baseball!
For baseball, we had the privilege of interviewing Clint Stoy, Allen County Community College’s new head baseball coach. Coach Stoy has had 12 years of coaching experience, with 9 years at the Junior College level and 3 years as a Division 1 assistant. Coach Stoy begins his first year at Allen County, after coming from Iowa Western CC as an assistant and the pitching coach for the last two seasons. In those two seasons, Iowa Western had a record of 101-25, was Region XI champions both years, and was Northern District and National Champions in 2014. Under coach Stoy, the pitching staff at Iowa Western broke multiple records, a few being best team E.R.A., most appearances, most shutouts, and most strike outs. 25 players signed Division 1 Letters of Intent in those two years.
Stoy says he’s excited about the challenge of bringing that level of success to Allen County, and said one of his first priorities is “changing the culture” at Allen County.
Coach Stoy provided some great input on the baseball recruiting video process: “Recruiting videos, 100 percent, help athletes. The first thing I ask for, if the player has it, is the video. It saves the coaches trips where you would normally have to go out and view the player in person.”
Coach also gave us an honest assessment of what he considers important in a recruiting video. “I get at least 10 videos every day. Certain companies send emails to me of kids that are looking for scholarships, and the majority of them are guys I do not think could play in college.” Coach expanded on what he looks for in each video: “I am not looking for guys who are hustling back to their position. That stuff does not necessarily make for a good baseball player. What I am looking for are the numbers and the pertinent information such as velocity, 60 time, height, weight, and frame of the body etc.”
On the difference between high quality HD video and video shot and edited by the amateur: “The high quality of video is huge for me. If a recruiting video comes in and is blurry at all, I delete it right away.” In addition to high quality video, coach expanded on which was better between receiving game footage or a skills video. “I would rather see the skills video of a player over game footage. The main question you have to ask about game footage is how long did it take that player to get that many hits or solid fielding plays? Was it 2 at bats or was it 50 before they got those base hits?” (Note: This is not an uncommon complaint. When All Star Video Sports captures game footage, plays can be edited together and grouped by game and clearly marked as such.)
Coach Stoy had one final recommendation beyond high quality video, and stressing the importance of a skills video shoot. He urged players to include complete bio information about themselves and their talents, including things such as height, weight, running times, and velocity.
Different coaches have different preferences about the recruiting videos they receive, just as they have different preferences in the players they choose. But by following a college coach’s suggestions like coach Stoy’s, you can increase your chances of landing that scholarship.