Purpose

Teaches players how to slide with proper technique, both back to the base and advancing to the next base.

Set Up

  • You can do this drill in the infield or set up four bases in any grassy area.

Instructions

  1. The first player at each base starts with a foot on the bag.
  2. Coach calls out “Lead Off” – the baserunner takes a 6-8 foot lead.
  3. Coach calls out “Go” – all three baserunners sprint and make a bent-leg slide into the next base.
  4. The next player steps up, players move to the back of the next line and continue.

Coaching Tips

  • Begin the slide around 6-8 feet away from the bag. Sprint hard and lower yourself into the slide. Do not slow down and lose momentum or you’ll come up short.
  • Extend the top leg forward while tucking the bottom leg under your knee, forming a figure four.
  • Throw the hands up and lean back while gliding into the bag, touching it with your lead foot
  • Make it harder: If coach calls out “Back” – all three baserunners dive back to the base using proper headfirst slide technique.
  • Make it easier: Lay out a flattened cardboard box in front of the base. This will reduce friction and allow players to slide more easily.

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