Learning Timing on Volleyball Setting Drills
These volleyball setting drills tips focus solely on the
timing between hitters and setters.
To check out how to set up these volleyball drills, go to other
Setting Drills pages.
How to set up the timing for the outside hitters?
1. A good "ball park estimate" for the correct timing in outside
hitting is to place left foot on the ground (for RIGHT handed hitter)
when the setter has the ball - when having a faster tempo set.
2. Next the player performs the plant
(right foot and left foot on the ground) and takes off the ground to
swing the ball.
Notice this just gives the player an idea about timing
- naturally every player performs the approach little bit differently.
A left-handed player naturally performs it as a mirror image.
If the tempo is slower and the setter delivers a higher set this right
handed hitter has plenty of time to place their right foot on the
ground when the setter contacts the ball. It is followed by
left foot - and the plant (right-left) to jump up to the air.
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
This next could be hard to understand, unless you are a setter
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).
The coach should learn to give constant feedback to the setter during
drills and help the setter to become a player who can elevate
the teammate's game by changing the tempo of the set.
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
As a setter I felt totally confident setting a fast
ball when I saw the player approaching and getting ready to take off
her left foot placed near 10 feet (3 meter line). When the setter sees
player approaching, 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
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
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
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.
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.