Volleyball Setting Drills - How to Beat Up Big Blockers?
Volleyball setting drills to help you to beat up
the big blockers.
Faster game has become a norm in competitive
volleyball. In this page you find tips how setters, passers and
hitters learn to play faster game.
Setting Drills - Are Fast
Outside Sets Difficult to Learn?
Working on the faster outside offense and its timing could be the most
all the details in volleyball.
Fast outside sets require lots
of training between the
setters and hitters.
Fast outside sets are usually harder for hitters to learn than
slower sets. (However, there are few players
who may actually find fast sets easier and may pick it up
players who have tendency to be there too early, may find faster
outside sets easier to hit.)
if Your Timing is Off, Fast Outside Sets Are Still Worth It
if timing maybe an issue in the beginning, it is still much
recommended to start working on quick sets and use them in the matches
You may feel your timing is not perfect.. your
hits are not
as hard.. you are misshitting the ball.. but still it is worth using
When using a faster offense you get the kills much easier
often the blockers have problems also – there is no block in
front of you or you can tool (hit off the hands of) the blocker, who is
“flying sideways” and whose hands are not properly placed.
Practice Fast Outside Sets on Volleyball Setting Drills?
We categorize these volleyball
setting drills in which we practice fast outside sets quite
advanced and rate them with 3 stars on our scale from 1 to 5. So these
not for the beginning volleyball players.
The drill itself is very simple, just like any other game-like drill,
co-operation between setter and hitter makes it quite difficult. When
the coach adds serving, passing and blocking into the mix, as those all
should be present in the game-like drills, the drill becomes even more
Block in Volleyball
A little note first. We never practice hitting without a
block - but timing could be such a big issue in this
drill - so this drill could be done without a block until spikers get
hang of the timing.
Many coaches still like to use stands where to place blockers or
hitters in the drills, even though there are other coaches strictly
When spikers start
getting hang of the timing, the coach could consider putting a couple
on the box to block the hitters.
However, keep in mind that usually
when hitting a fast outside set in the game, the block is not very
steady. Most likely the middle blocker is flying sideways late to the
block, so if you put a steady two men block on the stand in front of
the hitter it is not very game-lilke. Most likely the outside hitter
would struggle, especially if this is a new skill for them.
More game-like option would be to use "live" blockers, who have hard
time getting in front of the spike, just like in the match.
How to Run
Volleyball Setting Drills to Practice Fast Outside Sets?
When doing this drill first without the blockers, it is possible
this on the both sides of the court. (One setter on each side.)
Coach sets up a ball feeder to feed the ball to
the setter. (Once again: it is recommended for coach/assistant
act as a ball feeder because tossing an accurate ball to the junior
level players is often very challenging task).
Coach puts 2-3 players on the line to spike. We
don't line up more players than that. If we have more
players, we rotate them in after the first spikers get tired.
This helps players to perform many swings in the short period
of time and they don't have to wait forever to hit a new ball. We
believe it is important when honing new skills.
If the hitters' skills are high enough, the
coach should make players to swing either line or
There should always be
a target in the hitting drills. It is always important to have a goal
players are hitting (line, sharp angle, deep angle/corner, or off-the
When hitting line
some coaches like to set up an extra
antenna about 2-4 feet off the antenna – and require players to swing
Coach should also have few
players on the target to return the ball to the hitters (They return
the volleyball to the own
court side, if doing the drill on the both sides of the net). It is
very important there is somebody to return the ball so players can
focus on swinging the balls for couple of minutes with a good tempo.
Then when spikers get tired, shaggers switch with the hitters.
Other option is to keep rotating players from the other court side to
the other, being as a target and shagging the volleyball between the
speaking on most technical volleyball drills, we prefer player
performing several swings with only minimal rest between each spike.
That seems to keep players more focused during the drill.
Progressions in Volleyball Setting Drills
When hitters won’t struggle with the
timing anymore, the coach should add blockers in the opposing side. Use
one blocker, if you want to run the drill on two court sides.
you want to run the drill game-like, put three blockers to the other
side and hit balls from one court side only. Add rightside
middle hitters to the offensive side. Require majority of the balls to be set outside,
since the purpose of this drill is to train fast outside sets.
Add defensive players to the other
side of the net.
When hitting the ball from the coach’s toss
becomes easy, which can take for a very long time, coach can add a
passer to pass a ball to the setter. In that case somebody tosses/hits
the ball over the net to the passer.
job on these volleyball setting drills – this is IMPORTANT!
On these volleyball setting drills the coach needs
constant feedback to the setter about the tempo of the set.
very important because without giving constant feedback the setter can
get very frustrated because the timing with the hitters can be
totally off in the beginning.
Players will be spiking the volleyball after
another with a fast tempo. The coach also needs to give constant
feedback to the hitters and
pay attention they set up the timing correctly.