Purpose: To train overhead digging when the ball is coming at too fast of a pace to simply set the ball. This should be used as an emergency move for players who do not have time to make a defensive move to dig the ball.
How it works: Players line up in right back with one coach at the net hitting balls at a medium speed at the player's forehead. Players run through their typical defensive move and are in a position to dig the ball, weight forwards with hands ready to dig. When the coach hits, players react by placing their hands above their head in a "cup" with their thumbs behind. The players goal is to pop the ball up with no extra movements so that someone else can play the ball.
Variations: Place one player in right back and hit 10 balls at them with a faster pace. These swings can be regular digs or the overhead dig, but the goal is to make players react.
Requirements: One or more players, one coach and a half court