To dig a volleyball or by digging a volleyball up in defense you are
keeping an attacked ball by the opposing team off your court floor.
This keeps them from scoring a point, while at the same time you are
setting your team up to run an offensive counterattack against them so
your team can try to score a point.
To dig a volleyball means you contact and intercept the ball, while
your team is on defense by deflecting it up in the air with your arms held
You defend, or dig the ball to keep it off your team's court floor once it
crosses into your court after an attack hit by the opposing team, so
they don't score a point .
There are offensive ways to contact the ball and there are defensive
ways to contact the ball.
contact the ball. These are terms that describe ways you contact
the ball to set it up for an attack hit into the other team's court.
The "block" and "the dig" are defensive terms used to describe ways to
contact the ball. You 'block' or 'dig a volleyball' when you need
In a rally, after a team serves, the serving team is on defense and the
team who is receiving the serve is on offense.
If the blockers can't block it then the three players on defense in the
and if the ball gets by the block, then your back row players. also known
as 'diggers', defend your court by digging the ball up into the air so it
doesn't hit the floor.
The minute your team digs a volleyball up and the ball stays on
your side your team changes or "transitions" from being a team on
defense to becoming a team on offense.
Your team keeps the opposing team's attack off your floor, but you've
also set your team up to run an offensive attack sending the ball
into the opposing team's court.
Now its their turn to try and block your team or dig a volleyball up that
you or your attackers send into their court to try and score a point.
When you dig a volleyball on your club or varsity team, you'll need to be
okay with digging and defending hard hitting attackers on the opposing
There's some really funny terminology used when talking about
certain defense movements or back court actions in the game.
Back in the day "old school" players thought up funny names
remained the same, unchanged and still standing like your favorite
Disney stories that're told over and over again passed on from one
player to the next.
You're going to want to check these out. These terms describe ways
They are called....
What do these terms used in everyday practices or competition have
Sure, it seems like these words should be used in the kitchen of a famous
But words like "pancake" "six pack" "facial" or "chester" are actually key
This terminology may sound pretty funny and as I mentioned
before a couple of the words are also food names like the
yourself with because everyone uses them regularly.
The six pack is one of the more famous terms used to describe how
a player can dig a ball without using their hands.
Some players learn about this word because they were told what it
meant by a teammate or a coach.
Others know about this word unfortunately, because they experienced
the "six pack" on the court firsthand.
Usually, when it happens it can be a memorable and quite often, an
If it does happen that you get "six packed" the term takes on a
whole different sometimes painful meaning.
In this case it means you faced a spiker on an opposing team who
spiked a ball that hit you hard in the face, in the chest or square in the
upper body leaving you stunned, surprised and often times with a
stinging bruise that occasionally leaves a mark.
Just for the record, what usually gets bruised the most on players that
get "six packed" are their egos.
If you play the game long enough, it will happen to you sooner or later.
A player can be 'six packed' while they are in serve receive waiting for a
server on the opposite team to jump serve a ball or while they are in
defense waiting for a spiker to hit the ball.
Check out the video for an example of...
packed" goes like this...
When it happens, its because the ball was served or spiked so hard and
volleyball, you didn't have time to put your hands up to make a
defensive move to deflect or dig it, so the ball hit you ...hard..on some
upper part of your body.
According to the players who invented the phrase, when a hitter hits
the ball hard enough to catch a defensive player by surprise, hitting
them so hard they can't dig the volleyball up, the digger must
follow an old school volleyball tradition, which is to "pay" the spiker a
six pack of their favorite beverage.
Back in the day the "six pack" referred to a 'six pack of beer' and in many
long running indoor and outdoor tournaments it still means the same
This tradition, both actual and symbolic is still deeply embedded
Check out some of the videos to see what it means to get "six packed"
when a player attempts to dig a volleyball.
If it happened to you, trust me, you won't soon forget!
Similar to a "six pack", a "tattoo" is another word that describes being
In many cases, players will use the word "tattoo" to describe a real or
imaginary mark that the ball left on the digger's skin.
Players say "Wow! You got hit so hard that the words (Mikasa) on
the ball have been "tattooed" on your forehead, face or whatever part
of the body made contact with the ball.
One of the terms used to describe taking a spike to the face, is a facial
which actually is a special kind of 'six pack'.
When I say "special" I'm joking but still, it is similar to a six pack,
because a facial describes what happens when a player digs a ball with
The difference between these two terms used in defense is
that with a "six pack" a player will get hit in the chest or upper body
area and since the ball made direct contact with their body without
them getting their hands up in time to dig or deflect it, they owe the
hitter a six pack of beer, soda or beverage of their choice.
With a "facial" , unlike the one you get when you pay
someone to apply a cleaning solution to your face, the one in volleyball
may sting a little, but then most players laugh it off, and keep playing.
In case, you thought there weren't enough terms used to
describe when a player gets nailed by a hard hit another common term
used to describe this action is the "chester."
A chester belongs in the same category as a 'facial' or 'six pack.
Its in the list of vocabulary terms in defense used to describe what
happens when a player doesn't get their hands up in time to dig the
The thing about a chester is that it isn't always whistled by the referee,
especially if the ref decides that even though the digger didn't used
their hands to contact the ball, the ball didn't come to a complete rest
while it was on their chest.
If the referee thinks that the 'chester' wasn't a ball that was 'lifted',
in other words a ball that comes to a complete stop when its on the
player's chest, then they'll allow play to continue.
In this case the referee interprets the action as the ball having bounced
off the player's chest which counts as one of the three contacts a team
gets when trying to get it back over the net.
So, to answer the question that I can hear you formulating in your
head, the answer is "yes" there are times that play will continue even
though a player contacted the ball with their chest instead of their
In each case, its up to the ref to determine whether play will continue
So the best thing you can do is keep playing, no matter what.
You should keep playing the ball until you hear the referee blow the
whistle indicating that the play has ended and that someone has
earned a point, otherwise...keep playing!
A pancake is an emergency defensive technique used by indoor
players as a last ditch effort to dig a volleyball by keeping the
it off of the floor.
Here's how it works.
A player extends their hand flat on the floor, like a pancake, with their
palm down and fingers straight, in such a manner that when the ball hits
their hand, it pops back in the air without touching the court floor.
This action takes practice because it's a matter of
If done correctly, the referee, will consider the "pancaked ball" as
one of the three contacts a team gets while on defense.
referee will whistle for play to stop and the ball will be awarded to the
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