A Volleyball Dig
Five Steps To Keeping A Ball Off Of The Court Floor

Learn more digging tips that help you keep the ball off of the floor in the backcourt.

Learn more digging tips that help you keep the ball off of the floor in the backcourt.


For a 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 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. 

This keeps the elbows and arms straight throughout the entire digging action.


How To Make A Volleyball Dig




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 a volleyball dig?


  • You 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. 

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 



  • you keep the ball from hitting the floor so the other team can't score
  • 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 ground. 


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Many of these volleyball practice drills you can do at home by yourself or try at your next practice with your teammates.

If you're a B team or JV player trying to make varsity next year...your goal should be to complete 1000 reps a day of at least three of the basic skills on your own...volleyball passing, serving and setting should be at the top of the list. 


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Where Do You Go Now?


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  1. Learn more about How to Dig A Volleyball and Defense by clicking the Related Links below. .
  2. Follow the suggested reading on our Sitemap page Learning How To Play (Sitemap)
  3. Or visit the pages in the How to Play Volleyball section in the drop down menu at the top of the page to get started. 


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