How to Dive for a Volleyball on Defense

When diving for a ball on defense in volleyball, it's important to be low and in the ready position. Make a diving play in volleyball with advice from a volleyball coach in this free video on volleyball plays.

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Video Transcript

This is Jonny Neeley, volleyball coach here in Salt Lake City. I'm going to talk to you about how to dive for a volleyball. For a defensive player, it's important to be low in the ready position that we talked about for passing, weight on your toes, ready to move forward. When a player sees that the ball is out of reach so that they can't pass it with their platform and they decide to dive for a ball, a defensive player will take a big step with their right foot making sure that they stay low to the ground with their body. We don't want to dive really high, otherwise, that's going to hurt our hips or wherever we land it may hurt our body so we want to stay low to the ground as close to the ground as we can because the ball is going to be low. Make sure that that first step is big so the players diving for the ball are going to turn their right knee out so that they don't bang it on the ground. They dive for the ball, catch themselves and sprawl through. So, if a player is diving for a ball, it should look a little bit like this. Here's another way to dive for a volleyball. A lot of times, we refer to it as a pancake dive. This is where a player will keep their hand out the whole time, and instead of catching themselves with both hands and diving through, they'll keep one of their hands out to try to pancake the volleyball. It's important for the defensive player to keep their hand flat against the ground, against the hard surface so that the ball pancakes hard off the hand. Again, a defensive player wants to take a big step with their right foot, turn that knee out. They're going to catch themselves with their left foot and they're going to sprawl through, they're going to pancake through with their right hand, make a pancake. This is Jonny Neeley, volleyball coach here in Salt Lake City, talking to you about how to dive for a volleyball.

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