Hitting and Digging Volleyball Drills To Increase Ball Control Skills

These 'Dig and Spike' volleyball drills are what we used frequently in our volleyball practices to work on ball control skills


Learn three new hitting and digging volleyball drills that we regularly do in our practices, classes and semi-private volleyball training. 


'Three Spikers and One Digger"   Hitting and Digging Volleyball Drills




'Three Spikers and One Digger" Volleyball Drill

Digging line, digging middle, digging cross court.

Working on 

  • improving your digging form
  • Making a playable ball inside the ten foot line that a setter can get to.
  • Keeping the digging platform two inches below belly button level and not swinging the arms but freezing the platform on ball contact so you just redirect hard hits to the intended target 
  • Diggers stay for 3,4,5 rounds in a row
  • Hitters work on correct hitting form ...contacting the ball high... like they would if they were hitting on the net.


Is it me or does this feel like a video game?


Three Different Hits and Three Digs Hitting and Digging Volleyball Drills




Three Different Hits and Three Digs


The Libero workout.

Three balls to the target. A hard hit. A tip. A deep ball to the corner to chase down.




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



"The Two on Two"
Hitting and Digging Volleyball Drills



"The Two on Two" Volleyball Drill

Working on.....Line and cross court digging reps

Hitters are in zone 4 and zone 2.

Two diggers in zone 5 and zone 6.

Two targets catching the balls while standing on the other side of the hitters ball court

First Zone 5 digger digs the line ball hit by hitter in Zone 4. (Brandon in turquoise shirt)

They dig ball to target close to Coach Brandon basket.


At the same time hitter in zone 2 hits to digger in Zone 6 who digs the ball back to the target standing in zone 3/2.

Then digger in zone 5 does a quarter turn and faces hitter in Zone 2 who hits at them to dig the ball to their target standing in zone 3/2. 

At the same time digger in zone 6 does a quarter turn to their left and digs the ball cross court that was hit from the hitter in zone 4 (Coach Brandon).


Hitters don’t hit until they have the eye contact of the digger .

  • Diggers working on staying low even during their turn as they prep to dig the next ball
  • Diggers working on target practice
  • Diggers work on keeping hips below the level of the oncoming ball
  • Do for time or do after setting a goal for perfect digs to the target


Good job Neveah and Cass!


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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. 


You might like these pages with more hitting and digging volleyball drills!


For more volleyball drills check out:

Dope Youth Volleyball Drills We Do To Improve Our Ball Control Skills

Beginner Volleyball Drills You Can do At Home To Improve Ball Control

3 Volleyball Passing and Serving Drills We Do in Semi-Private Training

7 Fun Volleyball Drills To Do At Home, Camp and In Volleyball Practice

Digging and Hitting Volleyball Drills To Help You Sideout and Score

Hitting and Digging Volleyball Drills To Increase Ball Control Skills 




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