Volleyball Digging - How to dig hard
driven spike, tips.. how to dig overhead
Volleyball digging has few different techniques which help volleyball
players to direct the ball to the hands of the setter – or just to keep
the ball in play.
Volleyball Digging - Basic Position
Digging posture is very close to the serve receive posture.
Position of legs and body are very much like in underhand or overhead
Foot position in volleyball defense
When digging the player should place the feet “wider than
shoulders” apart – to give the player a well balanced stand.
In other words, on horizontal direction, the player positions legs
wider than shoulders. In vertical direction, the other foot is located
of the other.
On the passing moment the arms should be completely extended (except in
“volleyball scoop”) and joined together.
Without going into details –
notice that hands can be folded together with few different ways.
Contacting the Ball
When the player contacts the ball, she should
remember NOT to swing the
ball with the arms, but to follow through with the whole body.
Coaches should pay extra attention to this unnecessary “arm swing” – it
is one of the most common false in volleyball techniques for beginning
Harder the ball travels, the less movement players needs to do. If the
spike is hard, there is no movement needed – the player needs to absorb
the power instead.
Aim Easier Ballls Directly to the Setter - Shoot them!
This basic digging position can be used to dig balls that are easier -
for example free balls - or the balls which are not that hardly driven.
The player is able to control the ball in front of her body in the
optimal digging position.
These balls that travel with less speed should be aimed directly to the
If player is able to control the ball, it is important to send
“shoot”-like ball with no arch to the setter since it quickens the
offense. In modern volleyball the ball is sent to the setter
as fast as
Volleyball Digging – The ball on the Side
Often on the volleyball court - especially when playing at the higher
level where the ball travels fasters - the ball may not be landing the
optimal position directly in front of the digger.
When the hard driven volleyball spike approaches the player, often the
player is not able to move directly behind the ball. In that case the
player may need to step out with the one foot and move the arm platform
- to the side which the ball falls.
When contacting ball on the side an athlete needs to pay attention that
the arm platform is directed towards the setter.
It is important the
other hand/arm is placed higher than the other one – in other words,
the platform should not be “flat”. If it is flat, the ball rebounds
behind the player towards the back of the court.
Higher Contact Point - On Hard Driven Balls
Often those balls on the side are contacted higher on the
chest/shoulders height - especially if the ball is hard driven. It is
important for players to practice digging those hard driven balls in
practice. Check the following link to learn more.