By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, January 1, 2016
One of the keys to running a fast tempo offense lies in your setters’ ability to quickly and accurately set the ball. In this drill from Middle Tennessee State women’s volleyball coach, Matt Peck, players work on setting a zero tempo ball to hitters who have already jumped and are in mid-air.
Zero Tempo Ball
Drill Summary: Form a single-file line of hitters facing the net in the middle of the court. At the front of the net, a setter waits for a feed. One by one, feed the setter a ball. The setter must set the ball to each hitter, who runs up and leaps into the air before the ball is set. It’s the setter’s duty to set the ball to the hitters’ right hands so they can make an effective kill shot.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Hitters need to get in quickly.
2) Give the hitters space.
3) Push the ball toward the hitter’s right arm.
4) Big arm drive on the kill.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
A skill that can take your setters from good to great is adding the ability to use a jump set on the court. Bryan Bunn, North Carolina State head women’s volleyball coach, shows you a drill that focuses on perfecting the hands, footwork, body angle and other techniques that a good jump set requires.
Drill Summary: Setters work on setting eights and ones. For each, begin with a block and then relocate with your arms down before using them to jump and set the ball. Prior to jumping, the footwork should be left foot-right foot. It’s important to remain neutral on contact and square shoulders up to the target (or opposite the target). Have each setter hit three consecutive reps, then switch players.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Former All-American setter Courtney DeBolt Slinko knows championship caliber teams require an exceptional setter. In her “10 Tweaks to Take Your Setter to the Next Level” DVD, coach DeBolt Slinko teaches setters how to identify and drill out their flaws to develop an essential part of setting: consistency. The “Breakaway to the Net” drill trains setters to get to the right spot on the floor so the team’s offense can be run correctly.
Breakaway to the Net
Drill Summary: The coach sets up in the middle of the court, about 20 feet off the net. Setters line up next to the coach. On the coach’s command, the setter sprints to the net and the coach lobs them a simulated dig. The setter then must set the ball to a target on the outside.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Get to the spot before worrying about the pass.
2) Set your feet.
3) Sprint the whole way – don’t slow down!
4) (Coach) vary dig angles and difficulty.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Monday, December 1, 2014
Former setter for the Canadian National Team, Rod Walsh, demonstrates the proper lineup for the setter by always facing the person hitting the ball with the hands in ready position.
Proper Body Lineup for Setting
Coach Walsh shows how coaches many times encourage bad habits by throwing the ball during setter drills from the sideline which trains the setter to face the sideline while awaiting the ball from the passer — and then look over his or her shoulder if the ball goes behind them instead of turning to face the ball and passer. Coach Walsh then demonstrates how the setter has to turn the body from the passer to the hitter before hitting the set.