Welcome to my "how to" guide on how to master the dig technique in volleyball.
In this article, I look into the essential elements of the dig technique and provide practical tips to improve your defensive skills on the court.
Positioning is crucial when it comes to successful digs.
Teach your players the importance of being in the right place at the right time. Whether it's stepping forward for a front-row dig or for a fast attack from the opposing team or adjusting to cover their assigned area in the back row, a player's positioning sets the stage for a solid defensive play.
Quick reaction time is another key aspect of effective digging.
Encourage your players to stay alert and responsive to incoming attacks.
Reacting instantly to the opposing team's spikes will give your players the best chance to make a successful dig and keep the ball in play.
Fast feet and quick footwork is equally essential.
Teach your players to utilize quick lateral movements to get into position quickly.
A slight shuffle step, or hop step to the left or right can make all the difference in reaching a hard-hit spike and preventing it from hitting the floor.
Being able to "read" what's going on on the other side of the net.
Looking at the ball being passed, to the ball the setter sets to their attacker, to the approach and arm swing of the spiker to the ball coming into your court...these are all things the digger needs to watch and assess quickly where to place themselves or move to so they can be in the right spot to dig or react to dig a ball in defense.
Remember, to remind your team about these fundamentals that will help them defend against hard spikes and turn those digs into opportunities to run an offense.
With proper positioning, quick reactions, and precise footwork, your players will be well on their way to becoming digging powerhouses!
How do you do a volleyball dig after the ball is served what do you need to do?
The act of serving is completely separate from the act of running to your starting defensive position.
If the opponent's first pass is coming over the net...
Once the opposing team passes the ball what's the one thing you need to do?
1. Is the opponent's first pass coming over the net?
When The Ball Is Set How Do You Prepare To Dig In Volleyball?
Once the ball is set by the opposing team what two things should you do?
Dig Technique in Volleyball
Watch the setter deliver the ball.
Use the proper footwork to adjust to your appropriate floor position while watching the approach angle and body language of the attacker
Assume the "ready adjusted position." and be ready to react explosively towards the ball once you identify what kind of attack (hard driven or a tip or an off speed ball you may need to run down) coming towards you
Even though you're in a specific spot, you are responsible for an area on the court.
When The Ball Is Attacked How Do You Dig It Up So It Doesn't Hit The Floor?
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 a 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 and pointed to the ground when contacting the ball.
Your Elbows and Arms
This keeps the elbows and arms straight throughout the entire digging action.
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 to contact the ball when you're passing a ball and you use it to complete a volleyball dig in defense.
By focusing on
you'll be well-equipped to excel in the art of digging.
Remain dedicated to practice and continuous improvement, and your defensive skills will be an asset to your team's success.
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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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