Sliding In Baseball
Sliding In Baseball
Alan Jaeger (Pitching Coach / Founder) gives expert video advice on: What does it mean to 'slide' in a baseball game?; What is a 'straight-leg slide' in baseball?; What is a 'hook slide' in baseball? and more...
What does it mean to 'slide' in a baseball game?
You slide as a baseball player anytime that you feel that there is going to be a close play, and you're really trying to avoid the tag. Secondly, sliding allows you to run as fast as you can to the last possible minute because sliding helps you break, so to speak, at a close proximity of the bag. So, sliding is really two-fold; one is to slow you down and allow you to run as fast as you can coming to the bag and two really is to avoid the tag.
What is a 'straight-leg slide' in baseball?
A straight-leg slide is when you have one leg extended straight out. It really doesn't matter if it's your right leg or left leg, if your right leg is straight up and your left leg is really bent underneath it. The idea is that you have some guidance toward the bag. By using the one foot, it helps you to be gauged toward where you want to go on the bag. The foot underneath it, the idea to that is that it drags the dirt and slows you down. Therefore, by also coming in with one leg straight and the other leg bent, it positions you with the power you've come in from the slide itself, to pop up so that you can use your bent leg to brace and kick you up in the air, which allows you to move onto the next base as efficiently as possible.
What is a 'hook slide' in baseball?
A hook slide in baseball is when, instead of going in straight-legged where the advantage is that you can pop up and go to the next base, your goal is really to be safe at the bag. Perhaps the ball beats you and you need to create a different angle so that, instead of your feet going in there, which are easy to tag, you can create a different angle and maybe use your hand to be safe.
What is a 'headfirst slide' in baseball?
A headfirst slide in baseball is also used to create a better opportunity to be safe and not worry about getting up and getting to the next base. Instead of going with your feet of course, you go in with your hands, and by going in with your hands first and on your stomach as opposed to your feet first and on your behind, again the idea is that you can manoeuvre your hands and create different angles to possibly not get tagged out as easily.