3 Dig Volleyball Definition Terms For Liberos and Defensive Players

The dig volleyball definition for four terms including explanations for "up" "tagged" "touch" and "lip" which all describe what happens in defense in backrow. 

Here is the dig volleyball definition for four terms including explanations for

  • up
  • tagged
  • touch 
  • lip

which all describe what happens in defense in backrow.

Digging volleyball spikes and keeping the ball from hitting the court floor is a large part of the  job description for liberos, defensive specialists and six rotation players who have to play defense in the back court.


The dig volleyball definition for four terms including explanations for The dig volleyball definition for four terms including explanations for "up" "tagged" "touch" and "lip" which all describe what happens in defense in backrow. (Al Case)

Learning these four defensive terms will help players in these positions do there jobs even better. 


The Dig Volleyball Definition
What is an "up"?


A "nice up!" is a great defensive save or dig. 

It's in the same category of phrases or terms describing an incredible volleyball dig,  like the term "nice lip" is.

Kenny makes a great up in our defensive practice during Breakfast club. 


This is what players say when a teammate has been digging volleyball spikes all match has made an incredibly unbelievable dig. 



An "up" comes as a result of a player who is continuously digging volleyball hits, tips and attacks that stay off the floor.

When she digs a playable ball she has dug the ball "up." 

Regardless of whether you have to dive, roll, extend, sprawl or just stand in place to make great defensive saves, a nice "up" means you kept the  ball from hitting your court floor. 


Dig Volleyball Definition 
What does "tagged" mean?


When a ball "tags" a player it means that they couldn’t get out of the way of a hard hit ball which touched him or her before it landed out of bounds.



One of the most common ways you can get tagged is when you watch the action from the back row in a high stance instead of staying in a very low stance in defense.

This doesn't give you the readiness to move quickly in any direction to retrieve a ball in defense. 

If a player from the opposing team hits a ball right at you and and the ball touches your body  before you have a chance to dig or make a playable ball then you were "tagged" by the ball.

The ball "touched" you before it travelled out of bounds. 


Dig Volleyball Definition
What is a "touch"?


A "touch" is when a player contacts the ball. 

An example of a  "touch" happens when a player on a team on defense is the last person to voluntarily or involuntarily touch the ball while on defense or while blocking, before it goes out of bounds.

Let's say a hitter who is trying to use the block or is trying to wipe the ball off of the block, will purposefully aim their hit at the outside hand of the blocker that's closest to the antenna.



This is a strategic move by the hitter, who's attempting to keep the blocker from blocking the ball but is hitting the ball in a way that the blocker "touches" the ball as it travels out of bounds, making the blocker the last player to make contact with the ball.

If the hitter in the picture below hits the ball so that it "touches" #15's left hand and continues out of bounds without anyone else touching it, then that point and the ball goes to Michigan (the hitter's) team because the Central Michigan blocker was the last player to touch the ball before it landed out.



This hitting action will result in an easy point for the attacking team.




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