These setting volleyball drills are explained and recommended on
Championship Production DVDs a website that offers elite coaching
instruction by the top collegiate coaches in the country.
This page is especially important for the volleyball setter on
If the club coach or high school coach made you into the
team setter then you have already started to learn some
setting drills that you perform in practice with your team.
Here are some things you should know about your volleyball setter
A volleyball setter on any team can be compared to the quarterback on
a football team like Michael Vick or Brett Favre, or the point guard on a
different hitters, so their outside hitters will practice hitting high balls
delivered to them outside and near the antenna, while the middle
So, if you've seen a football game and a quarterback hands off the ball
quickly to a running back, that would be comparable to the quick set a
middle blocker gets in the middle of the net.
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
Should the quarterback choose to throw a long pass down field
expecting their cornerback or running back to outrun and/or out jump
the defense in order to get the ball into the end zone, that can be
her outside hitters in the hope that they do the same thing, out jump
and out hit the opposing team's outside blockers in order to score a
point for their team.
It can be two things.
But, in this case we are talking about the type of ball that a setter
delivers to one of her two or three hitters, depending on who is in the
They can also set the ball to someone in their backrow, but for now
let's keep things simple.
So let's start with the opposing team's serve.
The other team serves the ball to the back row of your
team. The first contact is made with an underarm pass by a backrow
passer on your team.
If all goes as planned that passer "passes" the ball up to the front row,
about two to three feet to the right of center, where a second player,
the setter on your team, is now at the net with their arm's raised
Their knees are slightly bent so that they can run in any direction to
place their body underneath the ball that has just been passed to them
from the back row.
Ideally they are turned so that they are facing the left side of their
court which makes them perpendicular to the volleyball net and their job
it is to make the third contact by hitting or spiking or attacking (you
can use any of these three terms) the volleyball over the net and into
the opposing team's court.
By facing the left side of their court, they are facing the left front hitter
and their middle hitter and their back is to their right side hitter.
If they want to set the volleyball to their right side hitter than they will
One thing players should note, you use your legs to get
your body underneath the ball to set it.
Your hands and arms are just in place to cradle the ball and guide it to
A volleyball player's legs and lower body possess the strength they need
to get the ball to one of the outside hitters.
Its the leg and butt strength volleyball players rely on to push the ball
up in the air 8 - 10 feet to deliver the ball to a third teammate so they
can hit it over.
That's why with volleyball setter training, so much time is spent on
developing leg and butt strength and muscle conditioning because
running, jumping and setting a ball across a volleyball court and holding
a low body position takes leg strength.
For more information on setting volleyball drills I've listed a series of
DVDs by college coaches who specialize in teaching setting technique
which may be something that can interest you and your daughter
looking for ways to practice setting.
Creative Drills for Volleyball Setter Training
with Teri Clemens,
-7x NCAA Division III Championships in eight years at Washington
University St. Louis;
-Received "All-Time Great Coaches Award" from USA Volleyball;
AVCA Hall of Fame
Teri Clemens knows about setting the ball!
Every setter she coached for 14 years at Washington University became
an All American volleyball setter.
In this on-court clinic presentation, Clemens shares her creative design
practice philosophy for the setter.
She breaks her instruction into five segments:
Throughout each of the setting volleyball drills, Clemens shares
invaluable coaching insights from her years of experience training
Bring Teri Clemens' fun brand of high-energy volleyball to your court!
Becoming a Champion Volleyball Setter
with John Dunning,
Head Coach Stanford University,
2004 & 2001 NCAA Champs;
former University of Pacific Head Coach,
-1985 & 1986 NCAA Champions
In Part 1 of the video, John Dunning shares the four primary phases of
the volleyball setting position, the factors of offense, the roles of the
setter to the team, and what it takes mentally to be a Champion
In Part 2, Coach Dunning is on the court teaching and coaching his
Sharing his "single item focus" strategy for learning and improving,
Dunning progresses through: Ready Position, including body and specific
hand positioning, Body Rhythm, stressing the importance of whole body
motion including a 3-step progression for the Jump Set, and concludes
with Follow Through instruction.
In Part 3, Dunning shares detailed instruction through volleyball setting
drills sequences designed for technique and accuracy and includes,
jump setting, one-step setting, setting to various zones, tilt setting,
back setting, one-hand setting and dumping.
A complete manual for becoming the setter looking to become
Dave Shoji's Passing Techniques: Giving the Volleyball Setter Options
with coaching legend Dave Shoji;
-2010 AVCA Hall of Fame inductee;
-4x National Champion,
-9x WAC Coach of the Year;
-National Coach of the Year (1982);
-named to the list of all-time great coaches by USA Volleyball (2002);
-named coach of the NCAA 25th Anniversary team.
Shoji ranks first in NCAA history in career victories.
Every rally starts with a pass, and the best pass gives the volleyball
setter several options.
Volleyball coaching legend Dave Shoji explains the techniques he uses
to teach his players to make the best possible pass; first, he breaks
down the ready position, and then he demonstrates the proper hand
position, forearm and elbow position and the proper stance to perform a
The most effective footwork for several movement patterns is explained
and demonstrated with drills.
Finally Shoji explains the floor responsibilities for the four-and two-man
formation and the importance of communication between players to
maximize the effectiveness of these formations.
All setting volleyball drills are explained and demonstrated in live drill
settings. 37 minutes.
Intangibles for Success: Developing the 'Total Volleyball Setter'
with Geoff Carlston,
Ohio State University Head Coach:
former Ohio University Head Volleyball Coach,
-4X Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year;
-4X MAC Champions
Your volleyball setter is the most important part of your team.
In this DVD, Coach Geoff Carlston outlines the most important qualities
to look for when choosing the setter for your team.
Once you have selected the setter, the volleyball setting drills and
techniques on this DVD -training footwork, framing and attacking
mentality - will aid greatly the development of your setter into a
On court demonstrations will show simple settings that take advantage
of match-ups, zone dumps, jump setting and running a fast tempo
offense to take advantage of taller teams.
Volleyball setting drills that teach technique and strategy are
demonstrated throughout the video.
Check out more setting volleyball drills and information in the pages
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