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 their 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.
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.
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.
All players practice drill from a standing position with a running four-to-five stepstart.
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.
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