Regardless of age, some volleyball players find this skill easy to learn while others may find the setting technique a bit more difficult to master.
For this reason, I decided to describe what each body part or body section needs to do when performing the skill correctly.
I hope that by using this method you will end up with a checklist of setter training tips that you can always refer to so that learning how to set a volleyball becomes a more enjoyable experience.
What I want for you to be able to do is to check yourself for specific things so that even if you are practicing alone without the help or assistance of a coach or a teammate you can learn how to correct your own setting technique which should help you to reduce your own unforced errors!
For each and every skill that you need to perform in this sport, your feet are the most important body part that you need to use.
No matter where you are on the court, you have to use your feet to get to the ball first, right?
The need to use your feet when learning how to set a volleyball is no exception. You will find that what your feet do will determine how well you perform the setting skill.
To begin learning how to set the ball, you should position your feet so that they are shoulder width apart.
Not too wide and not too close, but comfortably apart with knees bent slightly.
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For right handers - in this position slide your right foot a couple of inches forward so that it's slightly in front of your left foot.
For left handers slide your left foot a few inches backward. This gives you a better balanced position when you start setting a ball on the run.
Now, let's move up to the positioning of your body's midsection.
Whether you are setting a ball from a stationary position (standing still) or when you have to move to get under the ball, for your midsection--you want to imagine that you have an iron rod or stick that has been inserted in your back.
This stick starts from the top of your neck and ends just at your tail bone.
This iron rod will prevent you from bending over at the
waist, in an effort to lean forward to touch the ball, which means that you can only squat down and then come up and you are forced to use your legs to get you correctly positioned underneath the ball.
This is the correct body movement for setting a volleyball.
Once you are underneath the ball you must bend your knees to squat under the ball as it is in the air, then you raise your body out of the squat, simultaneously straightening your legs in order to meet the ball.
Another way of looking at the setting movement you should perform with your midsection is to mimic the action you use when you lower yourself to sit in a chair.
Of course your hands are above your head but your midsection should be positioned in the same way it is when you lift yourself out of the chair.
Your arms should start at your sides slightly bent at your elbows in a 90 degree angle, just like you have them when you run.
When the ball is approximately two to three feet above your head you should start to bring both arms up in front of you, and as your arms come up, bring them closer together.
When the ball is approximately two-three feet above your head you should start to bring both arms up in front of you, and as your arms come up, bring them closer together.
When your hands are just above chest level, they should start to come together so that your index fingers are barely touching and they form the shape of a loose triangle with the thumbs of both hands.
The correct volleyball setter hand position when they are contacting the ball is for the palms of both of their hands to be turned up to the sky.
Both forefingers and thumbs of each hand should be barely touching each other and they should form the shape of a broken or loose triangle which is placed right over the middle of your forehead.