The Dig In Volleyball 8 Steps On How To Get A Ball Up When On Defense

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     The Dig In Volleyball 8 Steps On How To Get A Ball Up When On Defense

Learn the 8 technical aspects of how to dig in volleyball in the backcourt while your high school varsity volleyball team is on defense so you dig hard hitters.  


How To Dig In Volleyball

Ready Position

  • In the back row you should be in an athletic stance with knees slightly bent, leaning slightly forward so your shoulders are in front of your knees with hands and arms extended in front of you 3-4 inches in front of your knees 



  • During the dig keep thumbs pointed to the floor, which keeps your arms straight and creates a nice flat platform which you use to dig the ball up into the air


  • Before contacting the ball your hips have to be below the level of the oncoming ball.  This is what helps lift the ball up into the air and increases the chances of it staying on your side.  
Before contacting the ball drop your hips below the oncoming ball. This lifts the ball in the air and keeps it in the air and on your side. (Stephen F Austin)Before contacting the ball drop your hips below the oncoming ball. This lifts the ball in the air and keeps it in the air and on your side. (Stephen F Austin)



  • Angle your platform to the target where you want the ball to go and let the ball bounce off your platform. 
  • The trick is to use your straight armed platform to present the correct angle so the ball goes right to the target you are aiming for. 


How To Dig In Volleyball
Why Learn How To Be A Good Digger On Your Varsity Volleyball Team?


To dig in volleyball or by digging a volleyball up in defense you are keeping an attacked ball by the opposing team off your court floor.

This keeps them from scoring a point, while at the same time you are setting your team up to run an offensive counterattack against them so your team can try to score a point. 


How To Dig In Volleyball
What does to 'dig a volleyball' mean? 





To dig in volleyball means you contact and intercept the ball, while your team is on defense by deflecting it up in the air with your arms held together.  

You defend, or dig the ball to keep it off your team's court floor once it crosses into your court after an attack hit by the opposing team, so they don't score a point .

There are offensive ways to contact the ball and there are defensive ways to contact the ball



The 'pass', the 'set', the 'serve' and the 'hit' describe offensive ways to contact the ball. These are terms that describe ways you contact the ball to set it up for an attack hit into the other team's court.






The "block" and "the dig" are defensive terms used to describe ways to contact the ball. 

You 'block' or  'dig a ball' when you need to defend your court from the other team's attack. 

With practice reps and plenty of defensive drills you will learn how to use your arms so they absorb the impact of hard hit balls.


Common Mistakes to Avoid When Performing a Dig


While learning to master the dig, many beginners make errors that could hinder their performance. Here are some common mistakes you need to watch out for:

1. Improper Stance:

Many beginners neglect the importance of maintaining an athletic stance. Remember, you need to have knees slightly bent and leaned forward with your shoulders in front of your knees. This helps you move quickly and effectively to respond to an attack.

2. Swinging Arms:

Attempting to meet the ball by swinging your arms can result in a loss of control over the direction of the dig. The goal is to let the ball bounce off your platform, not to swing your arms to hit it.

3. Incorrect Hand Position

Thumbs pointed towards the ground helps to keep your arms straight. An incorrect hand grip can create an uneven platform, leading to an ineffective dig.

4. Lack of Defensive Readiness

Always be prepared to run, shuffle step, or move quickly to the spot where the ball is likely to land. If you aren't prepared to move quickly, your digs may end up being ineffective.

5. Failing to Angle Your Platform

This is one of the most common beginner mistakes - contacting the ball square to the net instead of angling the platform to your target. Having a clear vision of where you want the ball to go and angling your platform accordingly is crucial to a successful dig.

Avoiding these common mistakes doesn't only increase your ability to execute a good dig, it also boosts your overall defensive game.

And remember, practice makes perfect, so don't be bummed by initial errors – they're just stepping stones on your path to becoming an excellent digger.


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