Setting

This is the age where you should start identifying future setters. Seek out your best natural athletes (regardless of height) and encourage them to set. Stress the fact that they will be involved in every rally and will become the focal point of every team they play for. Have multiple athletes training as setters to create a large pool that will shrink as the athletes move up in age groups.

  • Technique
    • Footwork
      • Understand footwork to target position
      • Able to do left, right, set footwork and 4 step footwork to set a pass 10 feet off of the net using left, right, left, right footwork
      • Able to get hips around the ball and square to the target
      • Receive ball over top of forehead (ball should hit your forehead if it were to slip through hands)
      • Semi-circle footwork- every setter should be able to do proper footwork to a ball in front of target, off the net and behind the target 
    • Hand Shape (image)
      • Hands in shape of a ball, small triangle and thumbs back
      • Pointer finger and thumbs should have even distance of space
      • Understand “wrinkles in wrist” and thumbs back
      • Finishing with a small triangle follow-through every time
      • Receiving balls with elbows bent and release with elbows straight
      • Players as young as 10U can start with medicine balls to improve hand and upper body strength
      • Emphasize starting with big hands, finishing with big hands when releasing the ball and freezing with big hands. 
    • Legs
      • Understand knees bent when you receive the ball/straight when you release the ball
      • Legs are what helps you push the ball to target
      • Must have feet under the ball so you can take the weight transfer step
    • Out of System Setting
      • Every athlete should be able to platform set a ball 5 feet off of the net and 5 feet inside the court
      • To platform set an out of system ball take the ball sideways and down/up body weight to target
  • Mentality/Decision Making
    • Introduce to athlete that setting is not like “passing out candy”, not everyone gets the same amount
    • Begin to teach the athlete to set the “hot” hitter when they are on
    • You can give the same hitter multiple sets in a row
    • Introduce the setter being an offensive option
  • Result
    • LOCATION IS KEY AT ALL AGE GROUPS
    • Put up a hittable ball
    • Able to set a 4, 2 and 8 all with hips square to the outside target
    • Able to platform set an out of system ball 5 feet off and 5 feet inside the court at 60% accuracy