Volleyball Setters Setting Technique For Setters To Learn Quickly

Be a setter in volleyball and learn how to set a ball to your hitters

Usually the volleyball setters on a team, deliver the ball to a teammate located in the front or backrow to hit the ball over the net.Usually the volleyball setters on a team, deliver the ball to a teammate located in the front or backrow to hit the ball over the net.

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 Volleyball 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 team. 

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 Volleyball 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. 

Volleyball Setters 
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 outstretched arms into your turned up hands, 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 target.

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, when you jump set.

Volleyball setters need to develop hand,arm, wrist 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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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. 

You might like these setter volleyball pages!

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