Dig Volleyball Spikes By Watching The Ball, The Setter And The Hitter 

Dig more volleyballs by watching the the ball, the setter, the ball and then the hitter when the opposing team attacks the ball. 

Dig volleyball spikes that are close to you or are 2-3 away by using the correct technique.Dig volleyball spikes that are close to you or are 2-3 away by using the correct technique.


Dig volleyball balls that are hit hard and fast by the opposing team's spikers!

Whether the ball comes right at you, lands close to you or if you have to take 2 -3 steps to run down a ball, the Ball-Setter-Ball-Hitter digging techniques taught in our Boot Camp classes help you cover more court and get more balls up in defense by being in the right place at the right time. 

Here's what you should do to anticipate where you need to be to dig volleyballs hit into your court.




Dig Volleyball Spikes
Watch The Ball. Then The Setter. Then Back To The Ball... Then Finally The Hitter


After your team has served the ball over the net....

1. Watch the pass as the other team passes the ball to their setter. 

2. Then watch the setter to see how and who she's going to set the ball to.

3. Watch the ball as it travels to the hitter. 

4. Watch the hitter to interpret quickly the best place for you to be while in the back row behind your blockers.

5. Make sure you are not behind the blockers and that you can see the hitter clearly as she hits the ball into your court.


Dig Volleyball Spikes, Cover More Court and Touch More Backrow Balls (Photo by Fossil Mike)Dig Volleyball Spikes, Cover More Court and Touch More Backrow Balls (Photo by Fossil Mike)


Then shift your eyes to watch the ball as it comes towards you.

You are lowering your hips at the same time so they are below the level of the oncoming ball, which helps you

  • direct the ball into the air and 
  • keeps it on your team's side of the net once you contact the ball with your platform. 


By keeping the ball on your side of the net, now its your team's turn to run an offensive play.  

Now, its your team's turn to send the ball to the opposing team's court floor so your squad scores a point.  


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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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I've chosen three digging tips that we regularly follow in our Vegas Boot camp classes and clinics because they emphasize our type of volleyball training which is designed * to increase the range of the court you cover in defense * improve spiking and digging ball control * decrease the fear of going to the floor and * encourage a more aggressive defensive attitude while playing in the backrow. . The Three Digging Tips are… 1. Practice with someone bigger and better than you are 2. Use the Pepper drill to increase game focus, concentration, aggressiveness  3. Use the Pepper drill to increase spiking and digging intensity while maintaining ball control . . Let's dig deeper into the first tactic... . .
Practice With Someone Bigger and Better Than You Are When you get the chance to play Pepper with a guy with good ball control skills, do it. Always. Playing with a male or someone bigger, better or stronger than you are, makes you learn how to be a better, stronger, faster defensive volleyball player in a shorter amount of time. I speak from experience because my first pepper partner when I first started playing the game was Olympic gold and bronze medalist Eric Sato. We were both young and bored and waiting around for his sister Liane Sato (@lsato82) and our friend Olympian Liz Masakayan to finish club practice. So we decided to practice among ourselves by peppering…and peppering and peppering. We were young but it was the best thing I could have done to improve my ball control skills. I learned the importance of practicing with guys and did so regularly throughout my career. (Be sure to check out @sato_volleyball ) Guys usually hit harder and move faster and have an aggressive attitude which I believe girls need to adopt while digging and playing defense. . . Surround yourself with people/players who are better than you are, learn from them and have them make you work hard and challenge you and you will become a better volleyball player alot faster. . Check out more digging tips in my article “Three Digging Tips To Improve Your Game” #volleyballtraining #volleyballcoach #libero #pepper #dig #digging #defense #defence #difesa ##instavolley #instavolleyball

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