on Volleyball Setting Drills
These volleyball setting tips focus on helping the setter to connect with the hitter.
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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
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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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
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
and help the player to become a
player who can elevate the teammate's game by changing the tempo of the
To conclude, if coach is having a skilled setter
team fast outside sets will give setter more "power". With fast outside
sets setter is able to fix
timing issues of the hitters.
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
- With a skilled
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
- 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
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.
is important - practice it during these volleyball setting drills
It is very
important to communicate between the rallies when the timing has been
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.