The Setter Volleyball Player Calls The Plays To Run The Team's Offense 

What Five Characteristics Do Setters Have in Common With Quarterbacks and Point Guards?

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 (fast, slow, high, low) to different hitters along pre-determined areas on the net.  

Slow But High Offense

When learning or practicing basic volleyball skills the setter will usually do the following with their hitters.

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 this to what happens in 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. 

I would compare this to what the setter delivers in the middle to the middle blocker. 

He/she gives a quick set to the middle blocker, in the middle of the net, or anywhere in zone 3 along the net.

After the quarterback gives her/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 wide receiver 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.

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

Like wide receivers and quarterbacks the outside hitters are usually the most athletic players on the team. 

Instead of primarily relying on using speed and strength to beat the opposing defense the outside hitters use their using speed and high vertical jumping ability to score points against the defense. 

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. 

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Many of these volleyball practice drills you can do at home by yourself or try at your next practice with your teammates.

If you're a B team or JV player trying to make varsity next year...your goal should be to complete 1000 reps a day of at least three of the basic skills on your own...volleyball passing, serving and setting should be at the top of the list. 

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