Learning Timing on Volleyball Setting Drills

These volleyball setting tips focus on helping the setter to connect with the hitter.

If you are searching how to set up volleyball setting drills, you'll find a link in the end of the page.

How to set up the timing for the outside hitters?

A good ball park estimate for the correct timing for the outside hitter is to place left foot on the ground (for RIGHT handed hitter) when the setter has the ball. After that the player performs the plant (right foot and left foot on the ground) and takes off the ground to swing the ball. This estimate is just to give you an idea about timing - naturally every player performs the approach little bit differently. Left-handed player performs it as a mirror image.

If you have forgotten the basics of the approach and what is the plant, go and check out those in the basic skills section.

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Faster outside sets may actually become easier for the setter!!

This next could be hard to understand, unless you are a setter yourself.

Cooperation between outside hitter and setter is usually much harder with the fast sets, because of the timing issues - especially if the hitters are used to hit slower sets.

However, if setter has ability to read the hitter and change the tempo of the set (slowing it down, or fastening it up according to the player), setting fast gives "more control" to the setter.

Setter may feel s/he has more control because with the faster sets the setter will see the player approach in the peripheral vision. (Peripheral vision is a part of vision that occurs outside the very center of gaze. In other words: when you’re looking at the ball, at the same time you’re able to comprehend and see what happens elsewhere).

Coach should learn to give constant feedback to the setter during volleyball drills and help the player to become a player who can elevate the teammate's game by changing the tempo of the set.

To conclude, if coach is having a skilled setter in the team fast outside sets will give setter more "power". With fast outside sets setter is able to fix timing issues of the hitters.

Setter feels confident to set – once s/he sees hitter approaching

As an old setter I know I felt totally confident setting a fast outside ball when I saw the player approaching and getting ready to take off her left foot placed near 10 feet (3 meter line). When setter sees the player approach, s/he feels more comfortable setting the ball there.

Therefore when running volleyball setting drills and practicing fast outside sets, hitter's most important job is to be seen there.

What Setters and Hitters Should Focus on on Volleyball Setting Drills (about fast outside sets)

  • Experienced setters know how to fix timing issues by changing the tempo of the set. Setters should focus on changing the tempo according to the approaching player.

  • With a skilled setter perfectly correct timing by the hitters is not that important. Setters should focus on learning to fix hitter's timing issues - helping teammates to elevate the level up, making them better players than they actually are.

  • Hitters just need to worry about to be seen in front of setter and being ready to hit the ball. When a skilled setter sees the hitter, s/he will take care of the timing and puts of the ball to the hitter’s hand.

What if the fast ball is on and setter doesn’t see the player approaching

If you have the fast outside set on and the setter doesn't see the outside hitter in position to jump, it often causes timing issues and insecurity between the players.

When setter doesn't see the hitter, setter tries to slow down the set - then both the hitter and setter may become confused how to make timing happen next time.

Communication is important - practice it during these volleyball setting drills

It is very important to communicate between the rallies when the timing has been off.

Communication between players when the ball is in play becomes extremely important issue in this situation. For example:
  • When the player is there to hit the ball, s/he could always communicate yea, yea, yea to let the setter know s/he is there or coming there to swing the fast ball.

  • Outside hitter can call no, no, no if s/he is not going to be there to swing the ball at all.

  • Or big, big, big!, if s/he is there to swing the high ball only.

To check out how to set up these volleyball drills, go to Volleyball Setting Drills

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