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