How to Slide
Any suggestions on teaching sliding?
It is time to teach Lefty to slide. Up until now, Lefty has been getting by with a “fake” slide. He does more of a drop down when he gets close to the base, there is no real SLIDING going on. I have never spent any time teaching him how to slide. So I figured now is the time. I found two large pieces of cardboard. We put them out on the grass. I sat Lefty down on the cardboard, I showed him the proper technique. I explained the basics like generating speed, begin the slide three to five feet before the bag, one leg under, front leg up, arms up and there you go. I know Lefty is a visual learner, so I decided to provide an example (my first slide in years). I am happy to report, no injuries sustained by dad. But I did not risk it with any more examples. First thing Lefty asked was, can I slide headfirst. I said learn this way first, Pete Rose. He said who? We practiced for about a half hour, Lefty did about twelve attempts. He showed great effort, but we are not there yet.
Teaching kids to slide … here is a video I have used with my child and asked all parents on my baseball teams to show to their kids … it is a great video to show the mechanics of a good slide.
Hope this helps!