Keeping your platform arms a ball’s distance away from your body and putting your hands together once you’ve landed in your adjusted defensive position is the key to touching more balls hit right at you and controlling those balls so they’re more likely to reach their target.
6 Drills To Improve Volleyball Skills in Digging and Defense Technique Working on Libero Training digging three types of attacked balls...
Working on Libero Training digging three types of attacked balls...
digging the hard hit
reading then chasing down the tip while trying to stay on your feet
running down the deep shot to the far Zone 5 corner while trying to stay on your feet
digging a settable ball (high in the court as near to Zone 3 - middle front- as possible) if not possible then to the middle of the court
getting comfortable covering the entire zone 5 left back area of the court while taking only 3-4 steps to get to each ball
reading fast and reacting fast while controlling our body parts so we can control the ball
6 Drills To Improve Volleyball Skills in Digging and Defense Technique Two Hitters vs One Digger, Continuous Digging To The Target
Usually done during warmups in order to get warm-up to play defense in the match.
When you are digging you should be working on three things
first getting the hips under the ball fast
second keeping arms further away from the body (you should be able to fit a volleyball under your arm pits-that's the perfect distance!)
third digging the ball from a lower point without rising out of your/her squat
Two keys to remember..
eliminate extra body movements that don’t help you perform the skill get comfortable staying lower to the floor
In this video, all the players are learning to be comfortable playing the ball without rising out of their squat which
-eliminates extra movement while digging
-the player views the ball from a lower point
-the player plays the ball closer to the floor which allows more time for better ball control -player keeps arms a balls distance away from their body which covers more court around them
6 Drills To Improve Volleyball Skills in Digging and Defense Technique For diggers playing back row defense
Diggers dig. Defense back row.
Hitters vs. diggers no block.
Working on reading the Hitter.
Working on tracking the Ball that’s tossed to the Setter.
Then watching what set the Setter delivers to what Hitter ( this case Zone 4)
then watching the Ball that’s set to the Hitter (is it a high ball?, is it a hut? Is it a ‘go’?)
before watching (eyes go back to the Hitter) the Hitter to get clues as to where to be on my side of the court to dig the ball they hit.
6 Drills To Improve Volleyball Skills in Digging and Defense Technique Ball-Setter-Ball-Hitter
In other words BALL- Setter- BALL - Hitter
Working on fearlessness. Getting comfortable facing a hard hit ball while dropping hips below the level of the oncoming ball. .
Getting comfortable letting the ball come down low (belly button level) before playing it...staying in your lower defensive position without rising up out of your squat ...to play the ball.
Digger works on being stopped...once the Hitter starts their armswing
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