How to Set a Volleyball

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In volleyball, setting occurs after the ball is passed to the setter. Learn how to set a volleyball in this free educational sports video.

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Now we're going to talk about how to set a volleyball. Setting is a very important skill and usually takes ploce just after the pass. The pass will go to the setter, and the setter will set the ball to the hitter. So if you're a setter, you want to move to the ball in a way that the ball will fall on your head if you don't have your hands up. Your feet will be staggered with your dominant foot forward, and when you get to the ball, you'll take a double step just before getting to the ball...a quick one, two with the dominant foot forward. Keep your weight on your toes, extend your arms, and make a windown with your thumbs and pointer fingers. In the window, you'll see the ball coming into your hands. Let your wrists and fingers absorb the ball just a little bit to get that soft hands feel; that way you can control where the ball goes. You want to avoid prolonged contact with the ball in your hands or you'll be called for a lift. The ball has to come in and out of your hands in one fluid motion; it's got to be really quick. You've got to make sure that both hands contact the ball at the same time or a double contact will be called. Extend your arms toward to the target and use your legs to get your power. You let your wrists spring forward as you release the ball. So between your legs and your wrists springing forward, that's where you're going to get most of your power. You don't want to get your power from your arms pushing the ball in a hitting motion, like slapping at it. So just like passing, you want to get to your spot as quick as you can and get in position, ready to set and turn towards your target, kind of square up and still be able to use your legs to get that power and have the chance to get that good set.

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