Volleyball Practice Drills
For Setters and Non-Setters For Consistency

Discover some of the setting practice drills we do in Volleyball Voice Boot Camp classes and learn why we do them.  


The volleyball practice drills we do for setting in boot camp classes follow the same logic we use to do ALL six basic volleyball skills. 



We believe that players need to do ALOT of setting repetitions in a short amount of time in order to improve their technique. 

We've built out Boot Camp class reputation on our ability of having players touch 1000 - 2000 reps in one sixty minute or ninety minute session. 

We loosely follow the sequence of volleyball practice drills for setting taught in the USA Volleyball High Performance programs but then I add my own twist.

I've added on drills and elements learned during my professional volleyball player experience while in Italy. 


Volleyball Practice Drills:
My Coaching Philosophy


I believe that ALL players regardless of the position they play in, need to be good at performing all six basic volleyball skills.  

I've seen it happen repeatedly... a "libero" who knew how to hit in the front row was needed to play in a tournament as an outside hitter because the regular outside hitter got hurt or sick.

The "libero" who participated in spiking front row during volleyball practice drills was prepared to change her position and step into a different role which helped get the team out of a predicament.

This is why I have all of our advanced players, regardless of their position, do the following volleyball practice drills for setting. 


Volleyball Practice Drills
Partner Setting with Coach
Calling The Sets


All the players break into groups of two with partners and a ball. 

One player is on the ten foot line facing their partner on the end line. 



They begin overhand setting the ball until I call out the volleyball "set" they are to perform. 

The first call is usually - a "4" set back and forth.

The "4" is the high ball set setters set to the left front player. Both players set the "4" back and forth until I make the next call.  

Things I'm looking for:

  • The "4" is a high ball 8 - 10 feet in the air that has a distinct peak at the height of its flight - like an "A" which should happen midway between the two players.
  • This set, shaped like an "A", when done correctly should drop right on the head of the intended target/partner. 
  • Everyone on the team including middle blockers should all be able to set a "4".
  • The intended target should NOT have to move in order to set the next ball. This is target practice and partners should be working hard to make the same set, the same height on each and every contact. 
  • Our Boot Camp class standards are high so we expect the ball to travel the same distance and peak at the same height for each set performed by both partners.

Not only that, I don't make the next call until I see there's consistency in all the players performing the "4" set. 

The next call...

Without stopping the ball partners are required to listen to the next call and perform the next set...without letting the ball stop or drop between them. 


Volleyball Practice Drills.                                                   The Two and The Hut


Set a "2" to yourself and a "hut" to your partner. 

Each player sets a "two-ball" which is a ball set straight up and down 2 - 3 feet above the head of the setter...before setting a "hut".

A "hut" is an outside, second tempo set that's lower than the "4", has some arc and no peak which at its highest point is 4-5 feet above the net. 

After two minutes of doing these reps the next call would be...


Volleyball Practice Drills                                               The One and The Go


Set a "1" to yourself and a "Go" to your partner.

These are first tempo sets, which means these are the fastest paced sets a hitter can hit.

The "one" goes to the middle blocker while the "go" is set outside to the left side hitter


Volleyball Practice Drills                                              The "Go" and the "One"


Setting The "Go" and the "One"

What's the "Go" set?

A fast set to zone 4 travels nearly 2 - 3 feet above the net with no arc or peak at a high speed then the "Hut" or the "Go".


What's the "One" set?

A quick set usually given to the middle blocker that's one foot above the top of the net, usually set in Zone 3. 


Volleyball Practice Drills

The Two and The Side 4


Set a "2" to yourself and a "side set a 4" to your partner. 

What's the "side" set?

Players make a quarter turn to their right or left before setting the ball over their shoulder to the intended target. 

What's the "4" set?

The "4" set is a high balll with a peak like an "A" which is set 8 - 10 feet in the air before dropping and landing on the targeted spot in Zone 4. 





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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. 



Related Links:

Drills For Setters, Hitters, Liberos, Passers and Blockers

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Essential Volleyball Setting Drills Taught By Five Pro Setter Specialists

Four Practice Drills For Setters and Nonsetters For Consistency

Hitting Drills We Do To Beat The Block, Hit Deep Corners, Mix Up Shots and Spike For Points in Offense

Passing Drills For Players Who Need To Learn To Pass A Ball

Passing Drills Players Do To Improve Ball Control Skills

Drills For Hitting Improvement To Do in Practice Weekly

Volleyball Ball Control Drills That Help Improve A Passer's Accuracy

The Setting Ball Control Volleyball Drill We Do With Seven Players 

Basic Drills: 13 Ways To Improve With The Pepper Drill 


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