How To Digging In Volleyball: Learn To Defend Hard Spikes on The Court

How to digging in volleyball...after the ball is served how and where do you need to position yourself in order to keep hard spikes off the court floor? 


How To Digging in Volleyball
The Ball is Served - How Do You Defend A Spike in Volleyball?


How do you do a volleyball dig after the ball is served what do you need to do?


How To Digging in Volleyball
Quickly assume your final correct floor position.


The act of serving is completely separate from the act of running to your starting defensive position. 



How To Digging in Volleyball
What Do You Do Once The Opposing Team Passes The Ball


Once the opposing team passes the ball what's the one thing you need to do?

1. Is the opponent's first pass coming over the net?  


How To Digging in Volleyball
If the opponent's first pass is coming over the net...


  • If so, pass the free ball to your setter 
  • If not, watch the quality of the pass and assess the setter's options.
  • Can she run all her options? Will she be forced to tip the ball back over or is she in trouble because of a bad pass and is forced to joust with the opposing team's blockers?
  • Sometime during the flight of the pass glance at the attackers to read and verbalize/talk about the developing play. Then (focus your attention to the setter) as the pass arrives 

How To Digging in Volleyball
When The Ball Is Set How Do You Prepare To Dig In Volleyball?


Once the ball is set by the opposing team what two things should you do?

  • Watch the setter deliver the ball. 
  • Assume the "mental ready position"

How To Digging in Volleyball
Watch the setter deliver the ball. 


  • Use the proper footwork to adjust to your appropriate floor position while watching the approach angle and body language of the attacker

How To Digging in Volleyball
Assume the "mental ready position."


Assume the "mental ready position."

  • Know a tip is coming BEFORE it happens, be ready for the HARD driven ball FIRST, then be able to react from your position.

Even though you're in a specific spot, you are responsible for an area.


How To Digging in Volleyball
When The Ball Is Attacked How Do You Do A Volleyball Dig?


React...Pursue...Retrieve!

  • React in the direction of the attacked ball.                   
  • Never let a ball hit the floor without maximum effort to prevent the ball from hitting the floor
  • Play the ball low. Don't rush to contact the ball, play it at its lowest point possible.
  • Keep shoulders strong and thumbs pointed to the ground to create a strong platform to use to deflect the ball in the air


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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. 



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