Individual volleyball defense skills like digging, communication with
your teammates and having an aggressive attitude are important for a
player to be good at, especially if you play all six positions for your team
during a match.
The attitude, girls need to play volleyball defense with can be
have when learning how to play football.
It all needs to start with an aggressive determined attitude.
An all out, "I'm never going to let this ball hit our court floor" attitude that
inspires players to go all out to recover balls in defense no matter
Remember the goal of the team on defense is to keep the ball off their
When the blockers take away a certain area of the court, the
diggers systematically cover the other parts of the court.
This is a basic explanation of volleyball defense.
A players base position in the back row is usually on or one step back
from the ten foot line. This will vary slightly depending on what type of
volleyball defense strategy the team is running and how fast they are
Usually in the back court, digger's will do a series of adjustment steps to
better position themselves once they see where the setter has set the
ball, the digger should watch the setter to see who she plans to set to.
Then once she sets the ball, the defensive player's eyes should track or
watch the Ball as it travels to the Hitter. Now the digger should shift her
gaze to the hitter, watching the hitter to get clues as to where (in what
direction) she plans to hit.
If the opposing team's setter sets the middle then players on defense
usually have little to no time to take steps to position themselves on the
shadow of their middle blocker or outside blocker and then they just
get in a low defensive position ready to dig the ball coming from the
If the the opposing setter sets the ball to either of their outside hitters then
diggers have more time to take 2-3 adjustment shuffle steps to position
themselves outside of the shadow of the blocker in front of them, so they
can see the ball the hitter is hitting.
And so they can better "read" the ball positioning and the
hitter's body/arm language which gives them clues as to where the ball
is about to be hit.
Following the volleyball defense strategy the coach has established for
the team against this particular opponent the digger will position
line because their blockers are taking away, at the net, the opposing
hitter's ability to hit cross court.
This requires a digger to take one or two steps to get closer to the ball
before digging it.
technique which does not help them actually dig the ball it helps them
protect their body and finish landing on the ground in a safe and
protected manner AFTER they've run to dig a ball to keep it off the floor.
Sometimes the opposing team will not spike a hard driven ball into the
defensive team's court.
They will give an easy ball or what's called a "free" ball over the net.
Because this type of ball isn't a fast hard driven attack it requires the
defensive team to position themselves on their court in a different
formation which resembles more of a serve receive formation than a
Many hours are spent in practice, or should be, identifying
the difference between a free ball and how the team should position
themselves and a spike and where the team should transition to be in the
All these things are a part of learning how to adopt your team's
volleyball defense strategies.
is soimportant in this sport that I dedicated this section to explaining
When a team is on offense a setter needs to tell her hitters what
That's something just the hitters and the setter need to know.
But when a team is on defense the whole team needs to talk with the
front court players telling the back court players what opposing team
hitters are front row and what they think everybody should be looking
out for once the referee blows the whistle.
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