The volleyball dig can keep your team in the game and is a key skill to develop. When the ball is attacked by your opponent, your job is to keep the ball from hitting the floor. A dig is a pass of a hard-driven ball from the other team. Like a pass, your arm position and platform remain the same.
What is a dig in volleyball? A dig is a defensive bump that keeps the ball from hitting the floor when it’s sent to your side of the court with an offensive attack, usually a spike. Anyone can and should learn to dig, so keep reading to learn the techniques to improve your digging.
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To dig, the volleyball players must anticipate the spike and be prepared to quickly dive in any direction. Volleyball players with quick contracting muscles are able to move faster, using their strength and flexibility to get low to the ground in order to dig out a hard hit. Volleyball diggers must be able to move laterally, forward, and backward explosively at full range of motion.
Terry Liskevych walks us through this simple drill that focuses on ball control in defense, setting, and hitting. For more free videos about volleyball drill...
A dig is one of the basic moves in volleyball, but doing it effectively is a challenge, especially when attempting to save a hard spike from hitting the ground (or your face!).
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To dig a volleyball you need to create a platform with your forearms which you use to deflect or redirect a spike, tip or hard driven hit back up to your setter, libero or teammate. (Keith Allison) Techniques for Digging
The hitter hits line. Hitting down the line is a challenge both indoors and on the sand. The defender on the opposite side attempts to dig and keep the drill going. Since every hitter is hitting line, the defenders have a decent chance to dig and keep the ball in play.
Outdoor Volleyball is a popular sport in beach communities like San Diego. It makes sense. The weather is beautiful, you can play year round, and it takes only a handful of people to play. I have been playing beach volleyball for over 20 years. I want kids to DIG it like I do.