Setter Helpful Hints


    SETTER FOOD FOR THOUGHT ( Perhaps some tips)


    Setters food for thought because of the nature of the game, and the number of contacts afforded the setter, they carry a dramatically over weighted value few teams can perform to their abilities w/o a great setter. Setters come close to making 1/3 of all ball contacts

    *makes or breaks the hitters

    *build/destroys confidence in passers

    *establishes the tempo for the team’s play

    *develops the rhythm for the offense

    *generally runs the show


    The offense must always live within the skills and abilities of its players (especially the setter) 

    *The setter must discipline themselves to never perform skills/tactics beyond their abilities in the match 

    Remember, setters must be:

    1st-good (technically perfect)

    2nd – smart (perceptive)

    3rd -then maybe.. Tricky 


    Setters must go for every ball, learn to extend their limits and put up a hittable ball… every time



    Characteristics of a setter:


    Interpret the coach’s wishes on the floor

    Ability to make quick decisions

    Ability to assimilate information from the sidelines and translate it into action

    Ability to perceive the game in total


    Self confidence

    “I am the Best”

    Can lead the team to victory


    Sponge characteristic

    accept responsibility for almost all hitting errors

    Seek feedback from hitters


    Emotional stability

    Consistent personality

    Positive attitude


    Goals for Setters


    *Set a hittable ball

    *Match up hitters vs. blockers

    *Get a kill!  Accuracy first, deception 2nd



    Good errors vs. bad errors (good error in example, a ball set too far off the net is better than an overset)

    Stop prior to contact

    The more difficult the pass, the simpler the set

    Physical Characteristics of a Setter

    Good athlete

    Quick feet (cat-like)

    Fluid movements / agile

    Good jumper


    Setter options

    When to use the setter tip (when the opponent least expects it) 

    When to go quick 

    When to spread out the offense from an x series or vice versa (spread out against big blockers) 

    When to be bold or when to be conservative (what are the consequences of being bold?) 

    Distinguish between side out options and point making plays (in high school) 

    When to use certain players at certain times in the match (who’s the hot hitter?)

    Involve as many as possible in the offense early. 

    When to go back row 

    When to use a special wrinkle in a play


    Tactical principles

    The hitter must be able to get a good swing

    The best hitter should receive the highest percentage of sets

    Find the Hot hitters in Clutch situations

    Attack the weakest blocker

    The worse the pass, the higher the set (Attackers must be aware of this also)

    Must be unpredictable in set selection


    Go back to the same hitter after a mistake 

    Call a special play, but set the different options 

    Set outside sometimes even on good passes 

    Set different players in different rotations, but don’t get into the Mary, Sally, Katie, Mary, Sally, Katie game.


    When in Doubt… Don’t!!


    Team attack patterns are limited by:

    The physical abilities of the hitters, 

    The serve-receive accuracy and consistency, 

    The setter’s ability to deliver the ball accordingly and consistently