The Volleyball Dig

Volleyball Digging Instruction On Keeping The Ball Off The Floor

How To Dig a Ball

For the volleyball dig, both arms are held together at the wrists 

so your arms form a flat surface, called a "platform" for the ball to

bounce off of.

To keep both wrists held together, a digger places a closed fist inside the

palm of the other hand and wraps the fingers around the closed fists so

both thumbs are now together side by side. 

Watch Stanford's Morgan Hentz volleyball digging technique!

This keeps the elbows and arms straight throughout the entire digging


How To Make A Dig

To contact the ball, you watch the hitter hit the ball into your court and 

as a digger its your job to place yourself in the path of the oncoming

ball that's been hit by an opposing team's hitter. 

Just before you dig a ball you lower your hips so they are below the level

of the oncoming ball and  you present your platform in front of you

blocking the path of the ball so its deflected up in the air towards the

middle of your court close to your team's ten foot line. 

Where do you contact the ball on your arms
to make the volleyball dig?

Where do you contact the ball on your arms?

You want to contact the ball on your platform above the wrists

and below the inside of your elbows. 

This area on your arms in volleyball terminology is called your

"platform" and its what you use to contact and control balls that are

below your waist. 

You use your platform most often to pass a ball and you use it to

complete a volleyball dig in defense. 

As a digger, you place yourself in the path of a ball that's been

hit by an opposing team's hitter. 

Watch Illinois libero Brandi Weymuth to see how to dig a volleyball.

Digging Volleyballs Is Her Mission
Watch This Collegiate Libero In Action

Illinois Libero Brandi Weymuth is a digging machine!

Your arms, outstretched in front of you and held together keeping

elbows straight, contact the bottom third of the ball so its deflected in the

air ...and 

  • a) you keep the ball from hitting the floor so the other team cannot score a point
  • b) your dig sets up the opportunity for your team to counterattack and try and get the ball to the opposing team's court floor so you can score the point 

What Is A Dig in Volleyball?

The dig is the technique used by a player in defense

to keep the ball off your team's court floor once it has been attacked by

an opposing team's hitter into your court. 

The action of digging a ball is modeled after shoveling or digging

something out of the ground. 

For volleyball, by digging a ball, a player is keeping it from hitting the


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