Volleyball Setters 
Learn How To Set A Ball

Setting technique for volleyball setters to learn quickly

The volleyball setters role is to set the ball to a teammate who's

responsible for scoring or attempting to score the actual points. 

To The Setters What is a Set? 

So what is a set?

A set is usually the second contact a team makes on the ball and it is

called a 'set" because the setter or the player who makes the

second contact usually chooses to contact the ball using an

over the head setting technique to guide the ball to the target.

Another way of saying this is...

A set is the way a player, usually the setters on a team,

delivers, the ball  to a teammate located in the front or backrow

to hit the ball over the net.

Let's use a real example. 

Lets say your team is on offense and the opposing team is serving your


The opposing team serves the ball to one of the back row

players 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

above their forehead and their hands shaped like a volleyball 

several inches away from their forehead.

How Should Setters Set A Ball

The setters 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 their back row player.

Ideally they are turned so that they are perpendicular to the net,  facing 

their zone 4, which is the left side of their court.

The setters job now is to "set the volleyball" to one of their 

front row hitters  which is usually the second of the three contacts a 

team has according to basic volleyball rules.

The hitters job is to make the third contact by passing, tipping or

spiking  the volleyball over the net and into the opposing team's court.

The setters, can actually see their left side hitters and their

middle hitters because they are facing their zone 4 on their side

of the court, but because they always line up this way, their back

is to their right side hitter. 

If they want to set the volleyball to their right side hitter or deliver

any balls to zone 2 they will do so by backsetting the ball. 

Setter Back Sets the Ball to Zone 2

To set, you use your legs to get your body directly lined up

underneath the ball.

When the ball comes down it should come down right to your

forehead, that's where you want to place yourself as a setter, underneath

the path of the ball as it comes down from the pass.

Your hands are in place to cradle the ball and your arms

push the ball back up to the ceiling, but towards its intended


Your legs and lower body should be balanced underneath you, as they

possess the strength needed  to help you get the ball to one of the

outside hitters.

Volleyball setters need to develop arm and shoulder strength to

be able to push the ball from antenna to antenna or pin to pin as they

are called. 

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