The dig is the technique used by a player in defense to keep the ball off your team's court floor once it has been attacked by an opposing team's hitter into your court.
The action of digging a ball is modeled after shoveling or digging something out of the ground.
By digging a ball, a player is keeping it from
To dig the volleyball you need to know where to stand in the court.
You can't dig what you can't see.
So, you need to place yourself in a position where you can watch the opposing hitter hit the ball into your court.
In order to do that (depending on the defense your team is running) you need to stand outside of the block where you can see the hitter hit the ball.
That means you need to be standing outside of the shadow of your blockers but in the path of the oncoming ball.
Where do you contact the ball on your arms to make a good dig?
In volleyball terminology, the area on your arms used to contact and control balls that are below your waist is called your "platform."
You want to contact the ball on your platform above your wrists and below the inside of your elbows.
Both arms are held together at the wrists so your arms form a flat surface for the ball to bounce off of.
By keeping both thumbs together and pointed to the ground, keeps your elbows and arms straight throughout the entire digging action.
At the same time, you present your platform in front of you, you block the path of the ball so it contacts your forearms and is deflected up in the air towards the middle of your court close to your team's ten foot line.
Your arms, outstretched in front of you and held together keeping elbows straight, contact the bottom third of the ball so its deflected in the
air ...This way
a) you keep the ball from hitting the floor so the other team cannot score a point
b) your dig, sets up the opportunity for your team to counterattack and try and get the ball to the opposing team's court floor so you can score the point
To make the correct contact on the ball we teach our players to keep their shoulders in front of their knees when you are digging.
This helps you lean forward enough to insure the ball hits the right spot on your platform.
Just before you dig a ball, you lower your hips so they are below the level of the oncoming ball.
When your hips are lower than the ball then when you dig the ball it will go up in the air.
If your hips are too high then you have less control of the ball and the ball will shoot out straight instead of up in the air.
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