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Most novices and experts alike think the answer is no. Sliding into first base does not make you reach the base any faster. Doing this has to be one of the least intelligent moves in all of sports. For those who aren't aware, the rules of Baseball require the runner to run from home to first and touch, but not remain on, first base. So the idea is to run as fast as you can for those 90 feet and not slow down until after your foot hits the base. Sliding is only required when you're trying to avoid a tag (at second, third or home) and when you need to remain touching the base. Sliding is not going to get you to first any faster despite what some say. As soon as you dive to start the slide you are actually already slowing down due to air resistance in addition to the fact that as soon as your body hits the ground your body is slowed down almost immediately. Its like throwing on the brakes. This is in comparison to continuing to run in which a runner will maintain their top speed all the way through the bag. Please people, this is really quite an easy thing to see if you just use your heads. Trust the science. It's never wrong.

There was recently a segment of show from Sports Science that discussed this and broke it down with scientific test and slow motion cameras. By diving into a base you initially get ahead of where you would be if running, however, the friction of sliding slows you down about 50% so in the last 6 feet before the bag you actually get to the base faster by running through the bag. I know there will be a lot of people argue this fact.. but science is science. Now if you time you dive perfectly to where you can touch 1st base at the peak of full extension in your dive without sliding on the ground, then yes, diving would be faster. But runners DO NOT "superman dive" into 1st base the slide head first.

The case for "maybe":

There are numerous flaws in the armchair science of people who argue that the answer is clearly "no." For example, air resistance is a negligible factor in the difference between sliding into first base vs. running through. A greater impact is the friction between the ground and the base runner. Assuming the diving player times his slide correctly and does not hit the ground before touching first base, diving actually leads to *less* overall friction than does running. Furthermore, people often forget that the lunge immediately prior to a dive can actually provide brief acceleration (punctuated, of course, by a quick stop upon hitting the ground!). Finally, people who argue that sliding into first base is slower than running through often argue that "if it was faster to dive, sprinters in Track and Field meets would dive across the finish line." This argument is actually quite ridiculous when you think about it. The injury that would be caused by diving on a running track could be devastating to a runner. Unless it was the last race of his/her life, it would be extremely unwise for a track runner to dive across the finish line. In contrast, the dirt surface on a baseball field and ballplayers' durable uniforms are designed to allow runners to slide into bases without injury. These critiques suggest that it is unclear whether sliding or diving into first base is faster or slower than running through it. Perhaps the best argument against having ballplayers slide into first base, then, is the increased likelihood of hand, finger, and shoulder injuries from impact with the base.

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Does sliding into a baseball base get you there faster?

No it doesn't make you go any faster but it increases your chance of getting on the base.

Why do baseball players often slide into second and third base but never slide into first base after hitting the ball?

The main reason is that the purpose of sliding is to get under a tag. All plays at first are force outs, so no tag is needed. Running through a base always gets you there faster than a sliding play, and the players always want to get to first as fast as possible. Sliding may also increase the chance of injury, and players want to avoid getting hurt as much as possible.

Does a runner have to slide if a play is being made at the bag?

Sliding is not required, but it is proven that it helps the batters get to the base faster.

Is a little league runner out for sliding face first a base?


Can you dive into first base in Major League Baseball?

Yes. There is no MLB rule that prohibits sliding or diving head first into any base.

Is it legal to slide feet first into first base?

Absolutely. He can even roll if he wants to. If the runner is trying to avoid a tag he can slide, duck or roll in any way possible to reach first base. If you're trying to beat the throw, sliding probably isn't the right thing, since it slows you down dramatically.

How can a batter reach first base without hitting the ball?

In order to reach base without making contact, a batter could draw a walk, get hit by a pitch, be intentionally walked, or reach first on a passed ball after a strike out (i.e., batter swings and misses, and catcher drops the ball, allowing the batter to reach first base, if first base is free). Without collecting a hit, a batter can also reach first on a fielding error or a fielder's choice, which means that a fielder decided to attempt a defensive play at a base other than first base, allowing the batter to reach first base. You missed a Wild Pitch - wild pitches and passed balls are scored separately.

How many ways can a batter reach first base in softball?

A batter can get a hit.A batter can walk.A batter can get hit by a pitch.A batter can run out a drop third strike and make it safely.A batter can reach first base on an error.A batter can reach first base because of a fielder's choice to make a play elsewhere.

How often is a run produced when the first batter reaches base?

Every run produced must have a runner reach first base.

What does sliding do?

Sliding helps you get to a base when the ball is being thrown to the person covering that certain base. You slide to get under the ball so they have a harder time tagging you.

What is the ruling for a little league player sliding head first into a base?

They are safe unless tagged out by an defensive player who has the ball

What is the Recommended sliding distance to 2nd base?

You will have to practice sliding to know what this distance is for you. It is different for everyone. I started my slide when i was about 6or 7 feet away form the base.

What is a base coaches job?

A base coaches job in baseball is to give signals to the runners of what to do for example stealing, stopping at that base, going to the next base, or sliding. there is a base coach for first base and there is one at third base. if the runner is on second they would listen to the third base coach.

In major league baseball how many can a batter reach first base without getting a hit?

They can reach 1st base via walk, error, hit by pitch or fielder's choice.

Can you reach base if ball bounces before its hit?

Yes you can reach first base by telling her how pretty she is and hold her around the waist and kiss her. If she slaps you well...... strike one! lol

Who was the fastest runner to reach first base in baseball?

Mickey Mantle in 3.1 seconds.

How can batter reach first without making contact?

base on balls, or hit by pitch.

Why do you get to run to first base after a dropped third strike?

The ball is still on play on a dropped-third strike and a runner can attempt to reach first base as long as a runner doesn't occupy first base prior to the dropped pitch.

Is it possible to reach base only once but get caught stealing twice?

No. Before a player can get caught stealing the player must first reach base. So if a player reaches base once, a player can be caught stealing only once.

Who was the fastest left handed batter to reach first base?

Ty Cobb, Detroit Tigers

What is a single in playing baseball?

A single is a hit that allows the batter to reach first base safely.

What do you call a base hit that allows a batter to reach saftely reach 1st base?


What is the rule on a dropped third strike with first base occupied?

With 0 or 1 outs, the batter is automatically out. With 2 outs, the batter may attempt to reach first base safely. In order to be called out automatically, first base must be occupied by a baserunner.

What do you do when you reach second base?

Try for third base.

What is a on base percentage in baseball?

the percentage that you reach base