In advanced volleyball defense training my coaches and I spend many hours on digging practice drills teaching things like..
Dig and Dive Volleyball Using The No Step Sprawl Technique
This requires a digger to quickly sink their hips below the level of the ball once the ball has been hit at them so they can position their angled platform directly underneath the path of the oncoming ball and control the ball up into the air.
The sprawl is a quick way to drop to the ground faster than an oncoming ball in a way to get your defensive platform arms underneath the ball to deflect it back up in the air before the ball hits the floor.
Use the sprawl when you don't have time to take a step to a ball before digging it because its dropping very quickly to the floor.
Dig and Dive Volleyball Using The One Step Extension
Using the extension digging technique requires a digger to take one or two steps to get closer to the ball before digging it.
Usually players will use an extension technique if they need to hit the ground after deflecting the ball in the air because they are off balance after digging the ball.
This way they can quickly get back up unhurt and continue playing.
We teach the one step extension digging method for balls that fall to the right or the left of a player in defense.
If the ball is falling to the right side of your body
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I share alot of individual, partner and easy-to-do volleyball serving drills we do in class with my followers.
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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