Purpose

Teaches basic sliding technique under defensive pressure

Drill Setup

  • You can run this drill in the infield, or just set up two bases in the outfield.
  • Players line up at first base. One coach stands at second base.
  • Another coach stands near the pitcher’s mound with a ball.

How it Works

  1. The first baserunner stands on first base.
  2. On the coach’s signal, he takes a short lead, then breaks for second.
  3. The coach throws to second as the baserunner begins his slide.
  4. The second coach catches the ball and tries to make the tag as the baserunner slides underneath.
  5. Repeat with the next player in line.

Coaching Tips

  • Make it harder: Practice more advanced sliding techniques, including full speed headfirst slides, pop-up slides and hook slides
  • 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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