How to Slide in Softball

Three Methods:Doing a Basic SlideDoing a Hook SlideDoing a Head First Dive

Reach the bases faster in softball by learning how to slide. Sliding increases your speed by causing you to fall to the ground as you run.[1] Make sure to use the correct form to reduce the risk of injury. [2] Learn how to do the basic slide, the hook slide, and the head first dive by reading this article.

Method 1
Doing a Basic Slide

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    Sprint at full speed to the next base. Learn this slide before you try to do a more complicated slide.[3]
    • Don’t be afraid to get dirty.[4]
    • Wear pants so that you don’t injure your legs. Consider wearing sliding pants or sliding shorts underneath your pants if you’re worried about being injured.
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    Start sliding about 4 to 5 steps away from the base.
    • Start your slide by bending your knees. Make sure to do the following:
    • Shift your weight to the left side of your body.
    • Bend your left knee and make the shape of a 4 by tucking your left leg underneath your right leg, which should be extended straight forward.[5]
    • Shift your weight to your left leg.
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    Lean back as you finish your slide. Follow these instructions:
    • Don’t slide into the base in a sitting position.
    • Keep your arms behind you and try not to wave them in the air.
    • Don't drag your hands or arms on the ground during your slide.
    • Let the momentum of your sprint propel you to the base.
    • Touch the corner of the base with your right leg first.

Method 2
Doing a Hook Slide

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    Do this slide if you want to avoid getting tagged. Slide around the side of the base to avoid the tag.
    • Be aware that this slide takes some practice.
    • Practice this slide until you can touch the base without sliding past it.
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    Start your slide 2 to 3 steps away from the base.[6]
    • Don’t slide directly into the base.
    • Slide towards the outside of the base.
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    Finish your slide by sliding past the base. Make sure to do the following:
    • Make sure to grab the base with your left hand as you slide past.
    • Drag your left hand across home plate instead of grabbing it.
    • Shift your body weight to your left leg.
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    Don’t stand up until the umpire calls you safe. Keep the following in mind:
    • Try to get the umpire’s attention if he doesn’t see you right away.
    • Make sure to be ready for the next play after you stand up.

Method 3
Doing a Head First Dive

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    Learn the most advanced form of sliding. Do the head first dive to get to base faster while avoiding a tag.
    • Keep in mind that doing a head first dive requires lots of practice.
    • Don’t do this slide in a game, unless you know how to do it properly.
    • Reduce the risk of injury while diving by tucking in your shirt and wearing batting gloves, and a helmet. [7]
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    Start the dive by pivoting your feet back towards the base. Make sure you dive correctly by following these instructions:
    • Lead with the left side of your body.
    • Lean forward.
    • Take one stride back to the base if you have time before making the dive.
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    Make sure that your right arm is extended towards the base as you finish the dive. Don’t touch the ground until you reach the base.[8]
    • Avoid the tag by touching the outside corner of the base.

Tips

  1. Remember that sliding is a skill that takes a long time to perfect.

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Categories: Softball