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Chuck Grubb

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June 15, 2009
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Sliding into Home? Your thoughts...

Fred, I found the link on mythbusters but the test was confirmed that sliding in to 2nd and 3rd gets you there faster than running/standing.

From the site:

On bases that you can’t overrun, it is faster to slide into them.


While a popular tactic used by baseball players, some speculate that sliding will actually slow a person down due to the friction being exerted between their bodies and the ground. With some coaching, the Build Team learned how to slide like baseball players. They then timed how long it would take to run to a base and slide to a base. The results showed that all Tory, Jamie, and Grant reached the base faster by sliding rather than running by several fractions of a second. The reason was because as they ran, the Tory, Jamie, and Grant had to slow down at the last second so that their momentum wouldn’t carry them past the base. With such definitive results, the Mythbusters agreed that sliding to a base is faster than running.

June 14, 2009
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Sliding into Home? Your thoughts...

That was never an interpretation at all Fred. I witnessed the play from the stands, it was a player in his first year, and he made a nice slide. I don't see how sliding is showing off.

It's a skill like fielding a ground ball back handed or hitting to the opposite field. Some can do it, some can't but those who can shouldn't be assumed to be showing off.

Everyone has an ego; those who say they do not are not being honest. Some egos just require a bit more feeding than others, unfortunately. I don't believe ego was an issue here either. It was a good, clean play that was ruled an out and I wanted to get some insight on what other leagues do and why there is harm in sliding into an uncovered plate.

June 14, 2009
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Sliding into Home? Your thoughts...

Why? Some like to slide, some like to get dirty, some feel it is the fastest way to get there...

Regardless if studies show it slows down momentum or speed, my question was focused on if your league permits it or not and that since the risk is assumed by the runner only (and puts no one else in jeopardy), why can't they slide?

There is greater risk of injury sliding into second or third for more than one person rather than home plate.

June 14, 2009
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Sliding into Home? Your thoughts...

Our Senior League has a rule that a runner cannot slide into home plate for safety reasons. We use two dishes and a commit line.

Since the catcher is removed at least 10 feet away, what's your take on this rule? Does your senior league allow sliding into home plate?

I see it as a risk assumed by the runner just as an infielder or outfielder diving for a ball.

June 14, 2009
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Visting Salt Lake City - Can I get in any games?

In SLC for a conference from 6/16 through 6/20...

Does anyone know if there is a Senior League in SLC?

If so, is there a contact person or location/dates of games where I might be able to serve as a pool player?

I have my SPA card and can play any position. Thanks in advance. Post here or send an email to

I play in the Nebraska Senior Softball league at this time if anyone wants to verify the roster at the website: playing for the Rangers.

Thanks. Chuck
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