4 Digging Drills For Volleyball Players Who Need To Improve Dig Skills

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4 Digging Drills For Volleyball Players Who Need To Improve Dig Skills

Want to know what some good digging drills for volleyball are? Here are a four fun drills that I do with liberos and hitters who privately train with me.

In my Coach April libero training sessions we do a ton of digging drills for volleyball diggers, liberos, backrow specialists to help improve their defensive skills in the back row.4 Digging Drills For Volleyball Players Who Need To Improve Dig Skills: In my Coach April libero training sessions we do a ton of digging drills for volleyball diggers, liberos, backrow specialists to help improve their defensive skills in the back row.


The digging drills  that we do provide more quality reps to players because I know that the more ball touches in a short amount of time you get, the more the brain retains..and then the faster you get better. 

That's the philosophy I stand by ...and one that's helped me produce and work with a number of current D-1 athletes, twice as many D-2 players and a slew of D-3 and NAIA players currently competing in NCAA competition.

Now that I've said what I said I'll step down from my soapbox and show you some more of the digging drills for volleyball I love to do....so let's get to it..... 



4 Digging Drills For Volleyball Players To Do Like This Hit And Dig Drill With Cross Court Digging




Remember there are two ways to do this drill. 

Your coach can have you dig the ball back to them or they can have you dig the ball back to the setter's spot which builds up muscle memory so this becomes an automatic move when you're digging in a game.  

In this version we set the ball baskets as targets where the setter's would be. There are actually two digger groups working one in the left back Zone 5 position and one with a right back Zone 1 defensive position. 

Hitters alternate at a steady rhythm so the drill moves quickly and diggers have a brief pause to recuperate after each dig. 


4 Digging Drills For Volleyball Players Like A Fun Game of Hitter vs. Digger - Winner scores 10 points First




A fun game of Hitter vs. Digger: Winner scores 10 points

First the Hitter hits hard deep cross court and scores a point when digger can’t touch it or digs an unplayable ball.

Digger scores a point when they dig a playable ball.

For beginners, hitter errors may not count but for more advanced players hits in the net or out of bounds are points scored for the digger.


4 Digging Drills For Volleyball Players Like The Hit And Overhead Digging Drill 



I teach this drill a lot to beach partners when I'm coaching sand volleyball.

This works overhead open hand digging for hard hit balls that come at you usually from the neck up. This happens alot in beach volleyball.

Usually your partner hits at you so the ball is aimed for your chest and up and you start your digging hand ready position higher than what you do with regular pepper. 

The goal is to push the ball..some even say "set the hard hit ball" up in the air....so your partner steps in to set it for you.


Want To Track Your Progress To Measure Your Improvement Over Time? Here's How


Improving your digging skills in volleyball is a gradual process, but seeing your progress over time can be super rewarding and motivating.

I keep track of everything especially when I work out because I want to know how much I've improved in a short amount of time and oer the long run and Im pretty sure you would want to also. 

Here's a simple progress tracking system you can put in place to measure your growth:

1. Drill Performance Log


Maintain a log where you track your performance for each drill over time.

For instance, in the ‘Hit and Dig Drill’, document the number of successful digs out of total attempts in each practice session.

Over time, an improvement would be seeing an increase in your rate of successful digs.


2. Consistency Count:



Keep a tally of how many times you can perform each drill correctly without interruption. As you advance, you should be able to complete more repetitions without errors.


3. Reaction Time Recording:



Use a stopwatch to time how quickly you're able to react to the ball and complete a successful dig. You should aim to see this time decrease as you improve.


4. Dig Quality Rating


Rank the quality of your dig after each drill on a scale of 1-10, taking into consideration the control and accuracy of the dig. Over time, your average score should increase.


5. Game Performance Review:


Use your improvements in practice to set achievable goals for real game situations.

Track these goals and review your game performances to see where your practice improvements are translating into the game.

Remember, progress may feel slow at times, but consistent practice paired with mindful tracking of your improvements can lead to tangible progress.

Celebrate your small wins and keep pushing towards becoming the best volleyball player you can be!

For easy tracking, consider using a digital tool or app that allows you to log this data conveniently during or after your practice sessions.

Alternatively, a simple notebook dedicated to your volleyball progress tracking can be just as effective.


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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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