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Beach Volleyball Drill-book
7.16 DEFENSE
ARM DIGS
(intermediate / advanced)
EQUIPMENT:
Ideal: 6-12 balls + a bench
Minimum: 4 balls
PARTICIPANTS:
Ideal: 2 or 3 athletes + coach observing
Maximum: 4 athletes + coach observing
Minimum: 1 athlete + coach assisting
DRILL OBJECTIVE
The objective of this drill is for athletes to get
practice at controlling digs using only one
arm.
DRILL DESCRIPTION
In this drill the defender gets low and dives
for balls that are hit just outside of area that
can be covered by a two-handed dig.
The area that the athlete or coach should be
aiming for is indicated by the thin red lines.
Start with slower attacks and work up
towards faster.
Initially it may be beneficial to get the
defender to try to dig the ball directly over the
net as if playing the ball like they have a
tennis racket in their hand.
Once they have this mastered they can work
on directing the ball up and keeping it on
their own side of the net.
DRILL VARIATIONS / MODIFICATIONS
To advance this drill the defender
could perform a juke before the
attack is made.
TEACHING POINTS
1. Remind the defender to stay low so that they can
cover more ground.
2. Arms need to be wide apart and relaxed with palms
facing up. (or at least forward but not down)
3. Athletes must be reminded to move forward toward
the ball.