Overhand Digging

Volleyball has certainly evolved through the years. Rally scoring, Jump Serves and the Libero position are just a few things that have been added to the game over time. Another thing that has changed over time is the use of overhand digging. This is now become a tool that players, especially the Libero, need to have in their toolbox. The overhand dig is necessary when a player has a ball that is hit high towards them and they do not have time to get in position to dig it otherwise.

In the video clip below Kevin Hambly, Stanford Head Coach (formerly University of Illinois Head Coach), teaches you how to effectively get the ball in the air using proper overhand digging technique. The clip is from a DVD designed to for training liberos. To learn more about that DVD click the link Volleyball Skill Progressions: Libero

In that dvd you will learn:

1 The role and skills needed to be an effective libero inclucing the proper overhand digging technique.
2. How to Extend the libero’s range and effectively dig balls that are hit hard in front, to the side, and over your head their head.
3. How 2011 Volleyball Magazine Coach of the Year Kevin Hambly teaches and perfects this skill set with advanced players and inexperienced younger players.

The YouTube video below has sound, so please make sure your sound is turned on and that you have access to the site (Some schools block access to YouTube)

The overhand digging technique is not something that you want to spend a lot of time on with youger players, they simply aren’t strong enough. Your high school players, and certainly your Liberos, need to master the the overhand digging technique.

The keys to the overhand dig:

1. Move your body so that your center is in line with the path of the ball.
2. Shoulders should be forward. Attack the ball with shoulders forward.
3. So not set the ball. Slap the ball and get it high

Remember that there is no double contact on a first contact. Their hands do not have to be perfect. Just slap the ball and get it high and do not try to set a ball hit with pace.


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