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Volleyball Positions - Setter

What You Are Expected to Do As A Setter


LONG BEACH, CA - JULY 23: Victoria Kjolberg of Norway (L) sets the ball for Janne Kongshavn at the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball - Day 2 on July 23, 2013 in Long Beach, California.
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What is the setter?
The setter is much like the quarterback in football or the point guard in basketball. She is in charge of the offense. She decides who should get the ball and when. It doesn't matter how good a team's hitters are if it doesn't have a setter that can consistently deliver a good ball to hit. The setter is a very important position in volleyball.

What does the setter do during a play?

  1. Before the serve, make sure that all of your teammates are lined up correctly and there is no overlap
  2. Communicate with each hitter to make sure they knows the play they will run and what set they will hit.
  3. Wait for the opponent's serve to cross the net and then move into position for the perfect pass which is at the net, just right of the middle of the court.
  4. Make a decision about which hitter gets the ball based on the position of the pass, the availability of your hitters, the other team's blocker position and abilities and the other team's defense. Setter may also decide to dump or put the ball over the net on the second contact depending on these factors.
  5. On defense in the front row, the setter blocks on the right side against the other team's outside hitter.Once the ball crosses back into your court, get into position to set the ball in transition.
  6. On defense in the back row, dig from the right back if necessary. Make sure another player knows you need them to set if you make the dig. If you don't dig the ball, get to the net quickly to set the ball in transition.

What attributes are important in a setter?

  • Good leadership skills
  • Good hands
  • Consistency
  • Good communication skills
  • Good understanding of the game
  • Quick decision-maker
  • Ability to multi-task

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