Basic Volleyball Drills For Hitting and Digging To Help You Sideout

Get better at two basic skills with one of the most basic volleyball drills done in warmups called the 'Hit and Dig' drill which improves hitting and defense technique

Basic Volleyball Drills: The 'Hit and Dig" volleyball drill is used in warmups to improve hitting technique and digging technique skills. 


We do alot of versions of basic volleyball drills like the warm up "Hit and Dig" drills in our practices, classes and semi-private volleyball training. 

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Usually done in warmups, I adapt this drill to use in one on one, two on one and two on two drills to improve hitting technique and digging technique skills. 



'The Classic'
Digging and Hitting 
Basic Volleyball Drills



Tehani, Anu and Brooklyn work on "The Classic" Hit and Dig Drill


They're working on..

  • Reaching high with a quick arm rotation
  • Contacting the top third of the ball with flat palm and wide fingers that control where you want the ball to go and so the ball travels from high to low (stays in the court) 
  • Practicing hitting line ... working on contacting the ball in front of your hitting shoulder
  • Maintaining a loose shoulder with a slightly bent elbow but contact is made with elbow ABOVE the level of the ear
  • Hips and shoulders stay open to the wall on the right until after the toss. After contacting the ball arm finishes downward motion with the thumb to thigh

The "Hit and Dig" drill is one of the basic volleyball drills we do in our practices, classes and semi-private volleyball training. 




"Coach on Three" 
Digging and Hitting
Basic Volleyball Drills




Coach on Three Drill

Defensive digging drill with 3 groups of 3 players.

  • One group digs
  • One group shags balls positioning themselves around the court they keep balls from interrupting the drill. 
  • One group is target for diggers to dig to. .

Establish a goal a number the digging group of 3 as to get that many balls to the target without making the target move...to finish the drill. Or.... go for time...

Hitting coach should remember to hit from different zones in the front court so the diggers work on platform angles, reading and believing what they see. 




Basic Volleyball Drills 
How To Touch More Balls When You're Digging

is the key to touching more balls hit right at you and controlling those balls so they’re more likely to reach their target .


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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. 


You might like these pages about drills!



  1. Improve Your Volleyball Performance with Vegas VB Coach April Chapple
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  3. Volleyball Drills For Setters, Hitters, Liberos, Passers and Blockers
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  5. Basic Volleyball Drills For Hitting and Digging To Help You Sideout


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