Digging – Learning Rolls and Pancakes
Volleyball skills digging .. learning to dig, dive and roll.
Volleyball Skills Digging - Rolling Dig – the Ball on the Side
The player performs a rolling dig when the ball falls extremely low.
The player steps out and reaches towards the low ball to the side the
ball is falling.
The player reaches out to the position in which other
leg is bent and other is extended out to side.
After ball contact the player leans and turns backwards – and rolls
over her shoulder back to the standing position.
In addition to rolling
over the shoulder, an athlete can also perform a roll by rolling
“sideways”, rolling over the sides and back. (Look at the example:
rolling – the ball in front)
When Practicing - First Just Turn on Your Back
In some situations the player is not able to complete a full roll and
should stop “on the back”-position. When practicing the roll, it is
appropriate to progress little bit little – and practice leaning and
turning on the back first before progressing into a complete roll.
Volleyball Skills Digging - Rolling – the Ball in Front
Similar to the previous one, the difference being the ball is in front
of the player.
The player takes a long step forward and goes to a low
position by bending the knee.
Rolling Sideways - Keep Other Leg Bent All the Way Through
After playing the ball, the player leans
and turns on the back – important is to keep this bent knee bent
through this roll – it allows the player to get up quickly to the
defensive position in the end of the roll.
Arm position on the side roll: if the player steps forward with the
right leg and the right leg is bent, she needs to keep her left arm
fully extended - NOT pointing towards ceiling, but it will be
the extention of the body - when rolling sideways. The left arms needs
to be "as the full extension" since you can't leave it under your body
because you are rolling over the left side.
naturally it works as the mirror image when stepping out with the other
leg. Test it – and you’ll understand why the leg and arm position are
important – those help you to roll smoothly.
Volleyball Skills Digging – Volleyball Diving
The volleyball player plays the ball with one hand (or both hands)
Diving is used for example in the situation, in which the block slows
down and redirects the ball - or the offensive player tips the ball -
to the free spot on the court.
Volleyball Diving - How to Dive?
The player takes a couple of quick steps and dives towards the ball
though the air.
When the player is at the horizontal position in the air, she plays the
ball with one hand with the upper part of the hand (or alternatively
with both hands by forearm pass).
After ball contact, the player lands on the ground by absorbing the
landing with both hands – following by chest.
Volleyball Skills Digging - Pancake
Pancake is similar than the previous dive, but this time the player
dives the ball by keeping one arm straightened out.
Since the player suppose to land with other arm straight up front, the
player needs to start the dive from the lower position.
Ball rebounds from the upper part of the hand (back hand), when the
hand is placed flat on the court.
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