Base running is important as much as the batter can hit the ball and a pitcher can throw a fastball. Any baseball player needs to know how to make a good slide run for those intense in-game moments that the ball is close to the base runner to make a save. To make the buzzer beater win for your baseball team, below is the process to make a good base running slide.
The basic principle of sliding is that you touch the base plate using your feet. When sliding, concentrate your weight on the foot that is to touch the base plate. Pulling this off can be dangerous, but the steps below should ensure your safety in making the slide.
1. Anticipate the base plate when you’re exactly 3 to 5 feet before the base plate.
2. Ensure that after your full spring, you start to go down a sliding position. You’ll need to place your legs underneath the other. To make your sliding position easier, place your weight against your buttocks as if you were sitting down while running. Bend the leg that is to go underneath the main foot to help you slide better.
3. Your core body should be tight. Place your arms on your side at shoulder level while sliding. Do not attempt to hold the ground using your hands while you slide. This can cause injuries to your elbow and forearms due to the sudden impact of your hands with the ground.
4. Start with four cones 4 feet from the base when practicing. You should begin your slide from the cone. You can gauge at which distance can you make the slide perfectly through constant practice. Be sure that you don’t slide past the base or slide before the base. Finding the right distance is crucial.