The Setter Volleyball Player 

The setter volleyball player runs her team's offense just like a quarterback does in football. 

Volleyball Setters: Their Roles Described

The setter volleyball player, on a team of six players, is the leader on the court. Their responsibilities are to call the plays to each of their eligible hitters, get to every second ball served to their side during a rally and to run the team's offense by setting the hitter most likely to score a point or sideout.  

A volleyball setter on any team has a role or a job description that can be compared to the responsibilities that a quarterback on a football team or the point guard on a basketball team have.

Like the point guard or the quarterback, the setter role calls for her/him to deliver the ball to a teammate who's responsible for scoring or attempting to score the actual points. 

This is called running the offense. 

The setter volleyball player runs the offense, which means they  call the plays either verbally or with pre-determined hand signals which communicates to each hitter what set she is going to set them.

This is how they know what type of ball they will be expected to hit.

Depending on how fast they want to run their offense setters learn to deliver different kinds of sets to different hitters.  

TOP 10 Best Volleyball Actions: Women's Volleyball Sets: Video by Breno Buzin 

Slow But High Offense

Their outside hitters will practice hitting high balls delivered to them outside and near the antenna to either zone 4 for the left side hitters or to zone 2 for the opposites or right side hitters. 

While the middle hitters work with their setter on getting quick sets that are about a foot or more above the net and delivered to them at a faster pace in the center of the net which is called zone 3.

Let's compare what happens to football.

The Setter Volleyball Player and the Middle Hitter

If you've seen a football game, the quarterback hands off the ball quickly to a running back. That would be the same as what the setter delivers in the middle to her middle blocker. She gives a quick set to her middle blocker, in the middle of the net, or anywhere in zone 3 along the net.

Let's go back to the football game. 

After the quarterback gives him the ball, the bigger, stronger player uses speed and strength to push the ball or hit it quickly pass the defense.

Should the quarterback choose to throw a long pass down the field the expectation is that their cornerback or running back will outrun or outjump the opposing defensive players in order to get the ball into the end zone.

The Setter Volleyball Player and Outside Hitters

I would compare that to when a setter sets the ball much further away from her base position, to one of her outside hitters in the hope that they do the same thing.

Outjump and outhit the opposing team's defensive players, better known as outside blockers, in order to score point for their team.

As you can see there are a lot of similarities between football and volleyball, one of the biggest ones is the role of the setter player. 

The Volleyball Girl Guide: Where Do You Go From Here?

Where do you need to go now? Here are three options: 

  1. Learn more about the Essential Volleyball Skills
  2. Follow the suggested reading on our Sitemap page  Learning How To Play (Sitemap)
  3. Or visit the pages in the Volleyball Girl Guide section in the drop down menu at the top of the page 

Related Links:

Learn How To Serve A Ball Overhand 

The Hit

Block Tips

The Setter

Essential Skills

Girls Skills

Middle Blockers

The Pass

Precision Passing

Five Pass Tips

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