June 8, 2023
Over the last handful of years, more and more data-driven tools and analytics have made their way from the pro levels of baseball to college, and from college to high school and travel. These tools – like video, Rapsodo and others – are incredibly valuable and useful for player development and college coaches are also now turning to them to help evaluate prospective student-athletes to aid in their recruiting efforts, as well.
Other than video though, these tools aren’t yet universal or completely familiar, so we want to make sure that we orient attending Honor Roll student-athletes to what to expect while they’re at camp and how coaches use these analytics.
Different coaches and programs are going to look at analytics differently in their recruiting – and these differences are likely to be even more stark than objective measurements, because different programs will have access to different tools and data. One of the trends we’ve seen over the last few years with our college coach partners is more and more adoption of analytical tools like Rapsodo – and we’ve watched as it informs not only player development but also recruiting efforts.
Coaches also are likely to weight and use the analytics differently. Depending on what they’re looking for in their pitching staff, for example, they might key in on different parts of the Rapsodo report (e.g. some may look first at total spin, while others may look primarily to spin efficiency).
Ultimately, data collected from tools like Rapsodo can help give college coaches deeper insights into who you are as a player beyond what they see on the field with the naked eye. Having this data to back up what they’re seeing can help coaches make more confident recruiting decisions more quickly, because it allows them to more effectively get to the root of why you’re effective as a player – especially if your effectiveness is founded on a less traditional skillset.
The more data coaches have to verify and cross-check what they’re seeing with their eyes, the more ways they have to understand you as a player and what makes you effective, creating more ways to get your name highlighted on their recruiting lists.
While video certainly isn’t new in recruiting, it has now become much more prevalent, given the ease of capturing quality footage with a smartphone, and with easy distribution through tools like YouTube to put your film in coaches’ hands. Having video to send to coaches is a great way to introduce yourself, and also to keep them updated on your progress and development as you build a recruiting relationship.
Video also puts the eyes of the entire coaching staff on you. For the vast majority of college coaching staffs, recruiting is a collaborative effort, and getting cross-checking and staff buy-in on recruits can be labor and time-intensive. Having good video footage can help make this easier though – which is the purpose of the video that we collect at Honor Roll on every student-athlete.
We also dive deep into video and how to best utilize it as part of our Headfirst Recruiting Roadmap. Email us to subscribe.
In addition to the objective measurements, there are a few other pieces of data – some built-in, others as optional add-ons – that we collect at Honor Roll.
During all live gameplay on both days of camp, we’ll be collecting in-game Rapsodo Pitching data on all primary and secondary pitchers and passing Rapsodo reports along to college coaches. This data will be collected as a built-in part of programming and requires no additional purchase. (Note: stay tuned for an additional email prior to camp to activate your Rapsodo account so that you’re able to access your data directly after camp.)
In addition to the Rapsodo reports on all pitchers, we also do pitching evaluations for all pitchers who throw live in games on both days of camp. These evals are written by college coaches assigned to each field, and include velocities, as well as notes on movement, command, presence, athleticism, etc. These pitching evaluations are distributed to all college coaches in attendance but are not made available directly to student-athletes or families.
Through our partnership with Realplay, all Headfirst defensive and offensive showcases, PLUS all in-game action from multiple camera angles will be filmed.
Realplay’s high-quality camp video is:
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