8 Steps On How To Dig A Volleyball Up When Your Team Is On Defense

When you dig a volleyball on your club or varsity team, you'll need to be okay with digging and defending hard hitting attackers on the opposing team.  

How To Dig A Volleyball

Ready Position

  • In the back row you should be in an athletic stance with knees slightly bent, leaning slightly forward so your shoulders are in front of your knees with hands and arms extended in front of you 3-4 inches in front of your knees 
  • Just before you have to dig a ball, keep your hands apart so you can run, shuffle step or move quickly to the ball once you know where the ball is going to possibly land

  • During the dig keep thumbs pointed to the floor, which keeps your arms straight and creates a nice flat platform which you use to dig the ball up into the air

Before contacting the ball drop your hips below the oncoming ball.  This helps lift the ball up into the air and increases the chances of it staying on your side. (Stephen F Austin)Before contacting the ball drop your hips below the oncoming ball. This helps lift the ball up into the air and increases the chances of it staying on your side. (Stephen F Austin)

  • Angle your platform to the target where you want the ball to go and let the ball bounce off your platform. 
  • The trick is to use your straight armed platform to present the correct angle so the ball goes right to the target you are aiming for. 

How To Dig A Volleyball
Why Learn How To Dig?

To dig a volleyball or by digging a volleyball up in defense you are keeping an attacked ball by the opposing team off your court floor.

This keeps them from scoring a point, while at the same time you are setting your team up to run an offensive counterattack against them so your team can try to score a point. 

How To Dig A Volleyball
What does to 'dig a volleyball' mean? 

To dig a volleyball means you contact and intercept the ball, while your team is on defense by deflecting it up in the air with your arms held together.  

You defend, or dig the ball to keep it off your team's court floor once it crosses into your court after an attack hit by the opposing team, so they don't score a point .

There are offensive ways to contact the ball and there are defensive ways to contact the ball

The 'pass', the 'set', the 'serve' and the 'hit' describe offensive ways to contact the ball. These are terms that describe ways you contact the ball to set it up for an attack hit into the other team's court.

The "block" and "the dig" are defensive terms used to describe ways to contact the ball. 

You 'block' or  'dig a volleyball' when you need to defend your court from the other team's attack. 

With practice reps and plenty of defensive drills you will learn how to use your arms so they absorb the impact of hard hit balls.

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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. 

How To Dig A Volleyball: 
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