Three Volleyball Digging Tips To Improve Your Defense Volleyball Game 

Liberos, defensive specialists and back court players improve volleyball digging and defense efficiency by practicing with someone better, using pepper to improve ball control and aggressive court attitude.  

Three Volleyball Digging Tips To Improve Your Defense Volleyball Game  (Michael E. Johnston)Three Volleyball Digging Tips To Improve Your Defense Volleyball Game (Michael E. Johnston)


Volleyball digging is the last line of defense used to keep a ball attacked by the opposing team from hitting the floor on your team's side in an effort to score a point in a rally. 

Digging hard hit spikes and covering a lot of back row court area and doing it well is important to your coach so that should make it very important to you, if you want to improve your volleyball game and be a six rotation player who can play the entire game without having to come off the court.

Three Volleyball Digging Tips To Improve Your Defense Volleyball Game  (pictured Aubree Smith)Three Volleyball Digging Tips To Improve Your Defense Volleyball Game (pictured Aubree Smith)


I've chosen these three volleyball digging tips that we regularly do in our Vegas Boot camp classes and clinics because they emphasize our type of volleyball training designed

  • to increase the range of the court you cover in defense, 
  • improve spiking and digging ball control
  • decrease the fear of going to the floor and
  • encourage a more aggressive defensive attitude while playing in the backrow. 


Three Volleyball Digging Tactics We Use In Our Vegas Boot Camp Class


1. Practice with someone bigger and better than you are

2. Use the Pepper drill to increase game focus, concentration, aggressiveness 

3. Use the Pepper drill to increase spiking and digging intensity while maintaining ball control


Let's dig deeper into the these tactics...


Volleyball Digging Tips 
Practice With Someone Bigger and Better Than You Are


When you get the chance to play Pepper with a guy with good ball control skills, do it. Always.  

Playing with a male or someone bigger, better or stronger than you are, makes you learn how to be a better, stronger, faster defensive volleyball player in a shorter amount of time.

I have coed Boot Camp classes on purpose so that girls learn to pepper and defend against bigger faster guys their age or older. 

Guys hit harder and move faster and have an aggressive attitude that girls need to adopt while digging and playing defense.

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Want to dig hard hitters like the Gorman players? . . Learn to “drop” your hips faster in defense! Many Vegas players in defense stand too high. You need to get comfortable with dropping low to the floor...fast while keeping your shoulders in front of your knees! . You have to drop your hips fast below the level of the oncoming hard hit in order to get the ball up. . . Semiprivate training with Coach April. . . Watch Brooklyn get the last three up! (Volume up) If you don’t see or feel hard hits in practice you won’t be comfortable with digging hard hitters in a game. . . . Your club practices need to be harder and tougher than what you see in games so when you face tough competition...it’s no big deal. You’re comfortable with playing against anything the opponent throws at you! . . If your practices are easy....then you are paying for professional babysitting not serious volleyball improvement training. (Coach April) . . . Take the next step. Follow us @coach_apchap or visit our website at Improveyourvolley.com/libero-volleyball.html . . #saves #defence #digs #dig #digging #defense #jump #legend #libero #liberolife #liberos #voleyballgame #volleyballgame #volleyballs #volleyballtraining #instavolley #instavolleyball #vegasvolleyball #dearvolleyball #volleybragswag #volley #volleyball #playvolleyball #ballislife #volleyphoto #volleyballphoto #tagfriends #volleyballcoach

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Surround yourself with people/players who are better than you are, learn from them and have them make you work hard and challenge you and you will become a better volleyball player alot faster.


Volleyball Digging Tip 
Use The Pepper Drill To Increase Your Ability To Concentrate in Pressure Situations


Use the pepper drill to increase your game focus and concentration during warm-ups.  

Here's your chance to ignore pre-existing pre-game distractions like playing in a venue with a small court, warming up in a confined  space, balls flying around the court in your pepper zone, or team benches.

You have to narrow your focus and concentrate on the ball. The ball you get and the ball you give in pepper practice gives you a chance to do that. 

Focus on getting the ball right to your partner and keeping up the intensity of your pepper warmup, even if you have to do it with alot of distracting elements happening around you.



The better you get at increasing your focus in warmup, the better you get at focusing and concentrating and being able to narrow your focus during a game.

This way crowd noises, whistles, opposing fan noise, referee interruptions, cat calls and other game time distractions will have little effect on you.


Volleyball Digging Tips 
During pepper, raise your elbow, keeping it above the level of your ear while you control the ball and gradually increase the power hit to your partner. 


Hitting the ball with a low elbow in pepper means you increase the chance you’ll hit the ball low in hitting warm-ups and continue hitting the ball low in a game.

Pepper warmup is one of the best opportunities for you to practice the individual volleyball digging and hitting skills using the correct technique you need to improve your game.

Every opportunity you have to touch the ball should be used to contact the ball correctly.

Many players take pepper for granted and since the ball is coming at them slowly, they flake, and ignore using the proper technique.

They start hitting the ball lowering their elbow instead of hitting the ball the way they would when they are at the net. 

In boot camp classes we make sure players remember... Bending your knees so your hips are below the level of the oncoming ball, keeping a straight platform with shoulders over your knees while digging.

Passing the ball with your legs, setting the ball high giving your partner time to swing and reach high to hit back at you... all these volleyball digging and hitting techniques should be practiced in your pepper warmup so that at game time-- you've already performed these skills so many times that that your muscle memory is automatic and you begin to perform these skills the same way you need to perform them in competition.


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I share alot of individual, partner and easy-to-do volleyball serving drills we do in class with my followers.

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...passing, volleyball digging, serving and setting should be at the top of the list. 


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The Figure 8 drill . . Barrel roll - Three step extend and roll . . We’ve done months of mat and rolling prep work before getting to this point with the ball. Now we are working on extending range . . covering more court in just three steps and . . a quick first step. . . We operate on the premise that 95% of the balls you chase down on the court you can get to in 3 steps...if the steps are big and quick. So that’s what we practice. . . The barrel roll  is a method used by players who have to leave their base defensive position to run more than several feet to chase a ball to keep it from hitting the floor of the court. . . The roll itself does not get the ball up, but once a player has * outstretched their arm to dig the ball while at the same time . . * extending their whole body to its full length to reach and make contact with the ball... . . the momentum continues to move the body forward and that player needs a safe way to fall to the ground without getting hurt. . . The key to performing the roll without getting bruised continuously is to stay low to the ground, getting lower with each of the three steps, and to play the ball as low to the ground as possible. . . For more on the barrel roll...read my article “Dig A Volleyball Using The Barrel Roll Digging and Defense Technique” (Click the link in bio.) . . . Advanced Skills Training Clinic - Friday’s at Veterans Memorial Leisure Services (Varsity/Advanced/College only) 5pm - 6pm . . No walk-ins. Newcomers need to notify me first before coming at info@improveyourvolley.com. . . #nomorepancakes . . #saves #defence #digs #dig #digging #defense #jump #legend #libero #liberolife #liberos #voleyballgame #volleyballgame #volleyballs #volleyballtraining #instavolley #instavolleyball #vegasvolleyball #dearvolleyball #volleybragswag #volley #volleyball #playvolleyball #ballislife #volleyphoto #volleyballphoto #tagfriends #volleyballcoach

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Related Links: 

Three Digging Tips To Improve Your Defense Volleyball Game 

Learn To Dig Spikes Like They Do In College

Defense: What To Do After You've Served The Opposing Team

Dig A Ball Using The Barrel Roll Digging and Defense Technique

A Dig Tutorial With Digging Basics For Defensive Players 

Libero Facts About Setting Digging and Playing Backrow 

10 Defense Questions On Making Digs and Defending Better

How To Dig A Ball Up When Your Team Is On Defense

9 Backcourt Defense Tips: A List of Digging Action Steps

The Dig: What Is It, When To Do It and How To Dig A Ball


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