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Baseball Sliding Drills

Baseball Sliding Drills

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In starting these drills, it is assumed that no one has had formal instruction in sliding, that the players are poor sliders, amateur sliders and even "afraid" to slide. Basic to beginning instruction is finding a comfortable side for sliding, knowing how to land and using the bent-leg slide insuring safety so that injuries do not occur.
In starting these drills, it is assumed that no one has had formal instruction in sliding, that the players are poor sliders, amateur sliders and even "afraid" to slide. Basic to beginning instruction is finding a comfortable side for sliding, knowing how to land and using the bent-leg slide insuring safety so that injuries do not occur.

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Baseball Sliding Drills
Tom O'ConnellIn starting these drills, it is assumed that no one has had formal instruction in sliding, that the players are poor sliders, amateur sliders and even "afraid" to slide. Basic to beginning instructionis finding a comfortable side for sliding, knowing how to land and using the bent-leg slideinsuring safety so that injuries do not occur. A few ballplayers will find they are just ascomfortable on either side; therefore, they should practice and perfect all their slides from bothsides.Drills and methods used here can be employed with equal success indoors or outdoors.
At notime is the sliding pit used for teaching sliding.
The bed is too soft and the player cannot slideinto the base. As a result, he learns to take off too close to the base and never learns to land properly.Indoors - Use the gym floor with sweatpants and sliding pads over them.Outdoors - Use the outfield grass, preferably wet grass (sprinkle with water beforehand).In the beginning, use no shoes. Inside, remove sneakers. Outside, remove spikes. Later on as the ballplayer becomes proficient, he can wear his shoes.
When to Slide
1. To avoid a tag.2. To stop at the base.3. To break up a double play.4. To get back to base.5. Always when play is close.
Length of Slide
15' or two body lengths from base.
Direction of Slide
1. Sliding to right side, usually use right foot as takeoff foot.2. Going to left side, use left foot as takeoff.3. As takeoff occurs, the arms are thrown up, the upper body is extended backwards and the feetforward, all somewhat close to parallel to the ground.
Landing
On buttocks, head up, arms out for balance and toes upward.
Bent-Leg Slide
1. In addition to above, tuck left leg or right leg in a bent position and place under other leg.2. Use the bent-leg position to teach the beginner to insure that the boy will slide and injury will be avoided. Thus, he develops confidence and aggressive baserunning techniques.
 
DRILLS
 
1.
All players sit on the floor or grass and alternate placing one leg straight and theother in the bent-leg tucked position
(Caution: remember, have them remove shoes andhave pads on over pants).a.By putting hands behind themselves while in the sitting position, they push thei body forward on floor or grass. b.Here they are getting used to the position and finding out which side iscomfortable. Sliders can be left or right so far as which side is more comfortablein the sliding position.
2.
All players from a standing position practice the fall into the bent-leg slide
(Caution:We use no steps, as yet). Player should concentrate on his landing and direction andgetting the bent-leg tucked in underneath.
3.
All players practice from a standing position with three walking steps.
Players thatare comfortable on either side should practice both; however, others should perfect their  best side first.
4.
All players practice drill from a standing position with a running four-to-five stepstart.
 
5.
During drills, coaches can correct faults
by checking landing position, hands out, bodyextended with head up, bent leg and tucked underneath and toes up. Buttocks and calf of  bent leg should show the wear of absorbing the force of the slide; otherwise, the person islanding incorrectly.
OTHER SLIDES
 
Bent-Leg Straight In
As previously explained.
Bent-Leg and Pop-Up
As you slide, place foot of extended leg on base, throw weight back and raise body in onemotion. Continue running to next base.
Bent-Leg and Breakup Double Play
Raise foot of extended leg to bother footwork of pivot man.
Bent-Leg and Hook Slide
Slide right or left of bag three-to-four feet, depending on player's size. When approaching base, bend extended leg (top leg) back, and it will hook bag when sliding by. Remember, the left foothooks the bag sliding to the right, and the right foot hooks the base sliding to the left.
Real Hook Slide
Same landing position as previously discussed; however, both legs remain extended toward the bag. As the bag is contacted, the toe of the inside foot will hook the base and the knee will bendat the same time. The outside foot will continue past the bag and off the ground. On the hook 

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