To dig a volleyball that's more than 2-3 steps away from you and low to the floor, you need to know
Many times during a match, as a digger you have to dig hard hit spikes by chasing a ball, taking several steps to get to a ball that was hit several feet from where you are positioned in defense.
We practice 2-3 ways to do this ..
For the balls hit or tipped close to you in defense we use the extension and pop up to drop our hips fast to beat the ball to the floor.
For balls spiked further away we teach the extension and one step to barrel roll to get to balls that go up over the block before they come down.
For balls that are tipped to the middle of the court we teach the three step barrel roll technique to dig a volleyball.
The roll or barrel roll is one of the several acrobatic individual defense techniques you can use to collapse to the ground after finishing a volleyball dig that takes you off balance.
This technique helps you complete your defense action safely and most importantly...allows the play to continue without the ball hitting the floor.
The "roll" is used as a way to
In practice, we like to teach different ways to fall to the floor when you have to dig a ball that's either close to you, a few feet a way from you or even further away.
Depending on how far you go to dig a ball, will determine what kind of technique to use to contact the floor after contacting the ball.
The roll itself does not get the ball up, but once a player has
the momentum continues to move the body forward and that player needs a safe way to fall to the ground without getting hurt.
The key to performing the roll without getting bruised continuously is to stay low to the ground and to play the ball as low to the ground as possible.
In the video above libero Autumn Finney and her teammates used the roll to dig volleyballs that were
a) low to the ground and
b) far away from the net
in order to keep the ball from hitting the floor, while they worked to get the ball closer to and eventually over the net.
If you haven't seen the video, now is the time to look at it before continuing on reading this page,
Another key to rolling correctly is being able to keep your knees from banging the floor.
That's why kneepads are usually a required part of a player's uniform.
Notice...in the videos above, none of the players fall to their knees!
When they contact the ground the players roll to the sides of their body...to their hip and to the side of their lower leg...turning to their side before making impact with the ground.
That's how Autumn and her teammates were able to land safely on the court floor after reaching to dig a volleyball...and still continue playing...
Learning how to dig a volleyball hit in a low position means that you start in a low position and finish in a low position which keeps you only a few inches from the floor when you start and complete the roll.
When players stand or stay up too high to dig a volleyball that's when they get more bruises because they now have further to fall or drop before they contact the ground.
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