In baseball, a slide is the action of a player, acting as a baserunner, who drops his body to the ground once he is very close to the base he is approaching and slides along the ground to reach the base.
In baseball, baserunners should slide to avoid being tagged out by the defense. When there is a close play at a base, sliding will give the baserunner the best opportunity to avoid the tag and be safe. Baserunners should also slide to break up a double play.
A good number of baseball players are injuring themselves each year by sliding headfirst. They do it trying to steal a base or hoping to stretch a double into a triple. Some even do it sliding headfirst into first base while trying to leg out a single.
Biographical Information Bob Addy was a tough but lovable eccentric who is said to have invented the slide in 1866. Later, he played in the first professional league, the National Association, from 1871 to 1875, and then in the early National League, from 1876 to 1877.
The slide rule prohibits runners from using a “roll block” or attempting to initiate contact with the fielder by elevating and kicking his leg above the fielder’s knee, throwing his arm or his upper body or grabbing the fielder.
The theory is that outstretched hands extend farther than feet ahead of the body’s center of gravity, located in the pelvic area and the reference point for velocity. Thus, headfirst slides should reach the bag slightly quicker.
It’s easy and sometimes even comfortable to tilt to the side when you slide, but you’ll end up with bruises and scrapes on your legs and sides, or even bigger injuries. Instead, sit flat on your butt. That’s where your body has the most cushioning, so it’s the safest–and least painful!–
Sliding into first base can confuse or disrupt the umpire’s ability to make an accurate call; often this will not impact the result, but it can potentially cause an out to become a runner.
In the literature, the slider is generally attributed to one of two Georges (if not both): the aforementioned Blaeholder, and Uhle. In 1936, John J. Ward wrote a Baseball Magazine article about Blaeholder titled, “He Hurls the ‘Slide Ball.
In the headfirst slide, the center of gravity is lower than halfway between your feet and hands, so your feet don’t get there as fast. It’s faster head-first.”
On a feet-first slide, your feet do not get that final push-off, and they actually help to slow you down as they dig into the ground.
Running through first base is significantly faster than sliding in collegiate baseball and softball players. Sliding into first base should only be attempted when avoiding a tag from or a collision with a fielder.
Can you slide into first base? Yes, sliding is allowed on first base, but it is not recommended since a runner is allowed to overrun the base, which is faster. When sliding to first base, the runner is allowed to leave the running lane within a reasonable distance for the purpose of getting on base.
Because of the risk for injury to the upper extremities and the cervical spine during head-first sliding, it is potentially more dangerous than feet-first sliding. There is an assumption among coaches that head-first sliding is more aggressive and faster, but there has been no scientific study to prove this claim.
Strider was one of the first games to feature a sliding move.
2-32-2 A slide is illegal if: the runner uses a rolling, cross-body or pop-up slide into the fielder, or. the runner’s raised leg is higher than the fielder’s knee when the fielder is in a standing position, or.
In all rule sets (NFHS, NCAA, pro), there is no requirement for players to slide. If a player slides, however, it must be a legal slide. On the double play at second base, the runner must either peel off away from the base to not interfere with the throw or slide legally.
No. Little League does not have a “Must Slide” rule for a runner sliding into home or any other base. However, any runner is out when the runner does not slide or attempt to get around a fielder who has the ball and is waiting to make the tag.
Head first is thought of as the quickest way of sliding into a base. This is because you keep your momentum going forward opposed to having to sit back on your legs or back side. It can also be beneficial because sometimes you can manipulate the slide a little by shifting your hands to try to avoid a tag.
NFHS rules are specific and very clear – runners are never required to slide. However, if they choose to slide then the slide must be legal. A player can legally slide either feet first or head first. If a player chooses feet first, then at least one leg and buttock shall stay in contact with the ground.
There is identical prohibition on a runner sliding head-first while advancing (in the Major division and below) in both Little League Softball and Little League Baseball. The runner is out, and the ball remains live [(Rule 7.08(a)(4)]. Runners may dive head-first when returning to a base.
“Batters may ‘steal’ first base on any pitch not caught in flight (the batter can be thrown out if he attempts to run).” Put simply, if there is a wild pitch or passed ball with no runners on base, the batter is allowed to just go for it. He can steal first!