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How to Play Volleyball : How to Dive for a Volleyball

Hello, this is Keith Sewell with Expert Village.
In this clip, we’re going to be talking about how to dive for the ball. When the ball’s
too far to get in a good position with your feet to pass, then your only option is to
dive for the ball. When you’re diving for the ball, you want to lead with you head.
You want to make sure that you make contact with your arms first, your platform, before
you hit the ground. As soon as you make contact with your platform, you can release your hands
and catch some of your weight on the ground with your hands. You want to hit with your
chest first, and you want to kind of let your legs kind of roll down gracefully. This lessens
the impact by not letting your body fall all at one time; you’re kind of spreading it out,
spreading the impact out. You also want to keep your head up so you don’t hit your chin
on the ground. Like I said, once your platform makes contact with the ball, you can put your
hands down to support your weight, but you can also use your hands to help you slide
forward to also lessen your implact. Another method to use in diving is called a roll.
A roll is good when a ball is hit to one of your sides. To roll to the right, you want
to extend your right arm, and after contact, turn so that your shoulder blade touches the
floor with your right arm extended. You then roll over your shoulder blade, plant your
feet on the ground, and push up with your hands to lift your body.

David Frank



  1. behbiigrl101 Posted on May 5, 2008 at 2:55 am

    why are all of your titles messed up for volleyball?

  2. behbiigrl101 Posted on May 5, 2008 at 2:56 am

    should have a diagram ready or something.

  3. Yun Sun Posted on June 20, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    One of the guys was standing on something… he was cheating.. CHEATING…

  4. Vickii62493 Posted on July 27, 2008 at 5:38 am

    and how about if you want to learn how to serve, which one do you l00k at?

  5. Vickii62493 Posted on July 28, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Oh yeah, lol I found it already. =]

  6. Bryant Hunter Posted on September 19, 2008 at 7:10 am

    You and me both.

  7. Bryant Hunter Posted on September 19, 2008 at 7:10 am

    But wait, how do we dive?

  8. Jesse C Posted on October 26, 2008 at 4:16 am

    this is defence , not dive

  9. blu26548 Posted on November 11, 2008 at 12:12 am

    his videos are like, switched and stuff

  10. Mark Egan Posted on April 17, 2009 at 3:02 am

    dude your crazy. Expert? IDK bout tht. When a ball is being spiked at you on the Right side as in the video your back defense player doesn't stay back and wait for a hard it, he moves up for a tip middle back moves left and as does the right back.

  11. Dana Olsen Posted on July 4, 2009 at 5:36 am

    yeah if right side is hitting then right back should step up for tips, middle back slide over for cross court shots and left back get line shots.

  12. cassie clark Posted on July 6, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    He does.. lmao.

  13. smile4cara Posted on July 16, 2009 at 4:02 am

    this was nooo help.
    there was no diving whatsoever.

  14. Gregory Mamoyac Posted on October 16, 2009 at 5:17 am

    this is retarded!! hes not even in a gym and theres only five people on the court

  15. Gunther Jones Posted on October 24, 2009 at 4:48 am

    this dude is fucking stupid! theres no dive!

  16. Devon Cuzner Posted on November 9, 2009 at 7:15 am

    wtf is this guy talking about…

  17. smile4cara Posted on November 19, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    all their videos suck.
    this video has nothinggg to do with diving. plus there's only five people on the court. AND the guy narrating seems like he'd rather go drown than narrate. kbye.
    … thanks expertvillage.

  18. kittykittykat48 Posted on December 22, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Those rotations are horrible! The blockers stay together, why would one of them be 10 ft away from the net and jump towards the net??

  19. Mariah Stark Posted on January 26, 2010 at 2:51 am

    wtf what the hell is he talking about….i soooo confused wawawa i'll never make the team!

  20. ManiacMac596 Posted on February 12, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    ya i agree…. terrible greenscreen. also nothing that guy said made any sense. lol

  21. Gunther Jones Posted on February 13, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    this guys doesnt know what hes talking about, hes just making it complicated by sounding smart

  22. williamK Posted on March 2, 2010 at 11:20 am

    FAIL. they are speaking english but it has no meanings.

  23. Francis Horner Posted on April 16, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    AHAHAHAHHAHHAAHHAHAH! FAIL!! the words at the bottom are dif from what he saying!!! LMAO!

  24. salthepal Posted on July 12, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    The titles and subtitles for a lot of these videos are completely off!

  25. gabitozamora Posted on October 10, 2010 at 4:41 am

    tienes cara de estupido jajajaja

  26. gabitozamora Posted on October 10, 2010 at 4:42 am

    tienes cara de estupido

  27. TrexKN Posted on November 1, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Click the interactive transcript next to the info. It explains how to dive.

  28. Jaehoon Han Posted on November 13, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    i think they meant to title it "how to play defense in volleyball"

  29. Asia Stautz Posted on January 26, 2011 at 2:30 am

    I love diving in volleyball! It's really fun:) Volleyball<3

  30. Asia Stautz Posted on January 26, 2011 at 2:35 am

    @TrexKN In the transcript it says, "You want to hit with your chest first.", which is a problem for girls…So girls use their stomach first, his explanation is more for boys, rather then girls.

  31. TrexKN Posted on January 26, 2011 at 7:03 am

    @Firey216876Asia ah, good point. I didn't really think about that, but it makes sense.

  32. datazn618 Posted on February 4, 2011 at 1:31 am


  33. toggr1 Posted on March 4, 2011 at 3:16 am

    can we get another guy??? this guy fuckin sux!!! he cant explain worth shit, he has no enthusiasm and is on some stupid green screen! also the title never matches with the video, he's talking about defense when i want to learn how to dive!! get ur shit strait buddy >:(

  34. Jilles Posted on May 6, 2011 at 5:41 am

    I think I found blocking. Now for diving..

  35. Gloria Ruiz Posted on June 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    i hope this helps guys 🙂

  36. here2there4life Posted on February 29, 2012 at 5:13 am

    where you edited into the video? cuz i dont usually see dark outlines around people

  37. eworm31 Posted on August 20, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Sorry, you look like a yedi. First impressions do matter.

  38. Darryl Chin Posted on September 25, 2012 at 6:03 am

    He looks like Chuck Norris.

  39. tempviduse Posted on December 2, 2012 at 4:53 am

    chroma keyed beginning

  40. Jaylyn Jones Posted on July 5, 2013 at 6:01 am

    This is worthless crap

  41. playbacon Posted on July 30, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Why is Expert Village and EHow always so useless?