The volleyball setter runs the offense and her position is one of leadership
directing her team's offense.
When a team is on serve receive, the setter is responsible for running
the offense, which requires him or her to inform each of their
Then they are required to try and touch every second ball in serve
receive and set it accurately to a spot on the net.
If you are the volleyball setter on your team, then you are in
charge of directing the play for the offensive attack.
You can be compared to a quarterback on a football team, or a point
guard on a basketball team. You, my friend are the shot caller.
Yep, you get to call the plays your hitters run in the front row.
If you have backrow hitters you'll tell them what sets you'll be giving them
that they'll hit from the back row.
Like the quarterback, the setter is the playmaker on the court.
Big baller, shot caller...whoops having too much fun..lets get back to
The setter indicates to each of their hitters, before the opposing team
serves the ball, what set she plans to deliver to each of them.
Depending on what the coach has instructed the setter to do, sometimes
she will tell each hitter individually "Hey my outside hitter, for this play you
will hit the high ball outside", then she'll tell her middle "I'll be giving you a
one set in the middle and she'll tell her right side hitter " You need to hit a
Or a setter will make one call which represents one play. A play is the
All the hitters will hit a particular set, depending on which "play" the setter
calls, which is based on what plays they've trained on in practice.
This takes a lot of practice.
Let's say in this case a setter calls the "Blue play" to her hitters, where she
utters one word "Blue" and all the players know what they are supposed
to hit based on that one word.
You know how they know?
Not by magic, but because they practiced the "Blue" play for hours in
Just like they practiced the "green" play, the "yellow" play, the "orange"
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Back to the Blue. Let's pretend.
So for the "blue play" in this case, the outside hitter knows she hits a "shoot
set", the middle knows she'll need to hit the "back one" and one of the
back row hitters knows she hits a "pipe."
There's no right side hitter because the setter is front row. So the setter will
call the "blue play" when she is front row.
See the difference?
So to break it down...
If you are the setter, you have two ways you can call your offense.
You can tell your hitters individually what each of them are going to hit or
you can call a "play" and all hitters involved would know what they are
going to hit because this was what your team trained on for hours in
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