Learn to dig volleyball balls that are hit hard and fast !
You know..the ones that may not give you much time to react to,
Here's what you should do.
After your team has served the ball over the net....
1. Watch the pass as the other team passes the ball to their setter.
2. Then watch the setter to see how and who she's going to set the ball to.
3. Watch the ball as it travels to the hitter.
5. Make sure you are not behind the blockers and that you can see the
hitter clearly as she hits the ball into your court.
Watch Cat McCoy's unbelievable volleyball digs.
Then shift your eyes to watch the ball as it comes towards you.
You are lowering your hips at the same time so they are below
the level of the oncoming ball, which helps you
ball with your platform.
By keeping the ball on your side of the net, now its your team's
turn to run an offensive play.
Your team's goal is to send the ball to the opposing team's court floor so
your squad scores a point.
Many times during a match, as a digger you have to dig volleyball
spikes by chasing a ball, taking several steps to make a dig for a ball that
was hit far from where you are positioned in defense.
In the video above libero Autumn Finney and her teammates used the
roll to dig volleyballs that were
a) low to the ground and
b) far away from the net
in order to keep the ball from hitting the floor, while they worked to get
the ball closer to and eventually over the net.
If you haven't seen the video, now is the time to look at it before
continuing on reading this page,
This technique helps you complete your defense
action safely and most importantly...allows the play to continue without
the ball hitting the floor.
The "roll" is used as a way to
In practice, you are usually taught different ways to fall to the
few feet a way from you or even further away.
Depending on how far you go to dig a ball, will determine what kind of
technique to use to contact the floor after contacting the ball.
The roll itself does not get the ball up, but once a player
the momentum continues to move the body forward and
that player needs a safe way to fall to the ground without getting hurt.
Texas Girls high school volleyball player Autumn Finney pulled off one
of the greatest volleyball digging displays ever caught on tape.
Finney soars through the air and somehow makes
a successful diving save.
This volleyball dig video became so popular it was trending on Twitter!
Another key to rolling correctly is being able to keep your knees
from banging the floor.
Notice...in the two videos above, none of the players fall to their knees!
Upon contacting the ground the players roll to the sides of their body...to
their hip and to the side of their lower leg...turning to their side before
making impact to the ground.
That's how Autumn and her teammates were able to land safely on the
court floor after reaching to dig the ball...and still continue playing...
complete the roll.
When players stand up too high to dig a ball that's when they get
more bruises because they now have further to fall before
they contact the ground.