To have a great volleyball team, you'll need a great setter.
It's almost impossible to overemphasize the importance of the main setter to a volleyball team. As Duke assistant volleyball coach Trudy Vande Berg told STACK, "The setter is like the quarterback of the volleyball team. Without a confident individual in that position, the rest of the team can be negatively affected, because the setter determines who hits and at what tempo." Since everyone on the team will be called upon to set up teammates when plays break down, the entire squad can benefit from setting exercises designed to improve court sense and vision, passing skills, ball control and proper technique
Good setters anticipate the movements of the blockers on the other side of the net and adjust accordingly. By doing exercises and drills to improve your peripheral vision, you'll be able to adjust quickly to different blocking schemes. According to StrengthandPowerforVolleyball.com, two peripheral vision exercises will help setting performance. In one of the drills, a coach tosses a ball to a setter from the backcourt. Just before it reaches the setter, a blocker takes a step to the left or the right. The setter adjusts by setting the ball in the opposite direction from the movement to give the spiker a better angle.
Overhead Passing Drill
Setting up your team's offensive threats for kill shots on a consistent basis is the mark of a top-flight setter. Most of the time you'll use overhead passes to do so. According to VolleyballXpert, there is one drill in particular that can teach you to pass overhead from different angles. To perform the drill, a player at the net and a player in the backcourt quickly alternate tossing the ball to the setter. The setter then runs to set the ball from different angles at the net and in the backcourt.
STACK recommends a number of setting exercises you can do at home. Warm up your hands using quick sets against a wall for 45 seconds and then set up farther away from the wall while increasing the amount of setting time. You also can lie on your back and practice setting. Set the ball to yourself quickly and repeat 100 times without trying for height. To increase difficulty, set the ball higher and more slowly while doing another 100 repetitions.
Proper technique is essential for a setter. Coaches at Duke focus separately on the upper and lower body. Good upper-body technique calls for your elbows to be slightly bent and pointing outward, hands over your head with your thumbs around eyebrow level and cocked wrists with a triangle formed by your index fingers and thumbs. Lower-body technique focuses on maintaining slightly bent knees with your feet shoulder width. Your right foot should be slightly ahead of your left foot.