Nick> One thing that nobody's mentioned is that 90+% of the power of a set
Nick> should come from the legs. None of the power comes from the wrist.
EvilTwinster replies (sorry for the abbreviation, but read EvilTwinster
Evil> I beg to differ. The setter's primary job is to deliver the volleyball
Evil> to the hitters so that they may hit it. No matter what offensive system
Evil> you're using, the setter must become familiar with their hitter's
Evil> favorite shots, and being able to set them from various positions on the
Evil>Secondarily, the setter
Evil>should "disguise" where the ball is going to be set.
I think we are confusing two things here.
First of all, I DON'T agree that 90+% of the power of a set comes from
the legs. (I'll come to this later). However, there has never been any
question about the setter's job, nor that it is of vital importance to
be familiar with the hitters (after all, what good would practice be :-)
Also the part about disguising the set has nothing (well, not much
anyway) to do with where the power comes from.
Evil> I advise people who wish to become setters to contact the ball quite high.
Evil> And to use primarily their arms, with a stiffer wrist and finger to get
Evil> a slight springboard effect.
Yes and no. For middle sets (#11 or #31 depending on your numbering,
but you get point, I hope) it is very important to keep your hands
high above your head, with only slightly bent arms, to give to middle
blocker almost no time to react to a quick set in the middle (also
assuming that the middle hitter is already "in the air" before the
ball leaves my hands). However the quickness of such a ball
(regardless whether the setter is standing or jumping) comes from the
wrists and finger, not the arms.
(note that this usually only applies to a somewhat higher level, say
starting at "A" level, at lower level, a quick set in the middle is
somewhat slower, where the middlehitter hits the ball after it has reached
its highest point).
For a high set outside (on a good pass), you basically use the same
technique, but using your arms somewhat more.
Nick> If you're setting a standard set to your LF hitter, the air travel time
Nick> of the set is going to be enough to have any block set up, regardless
Nick> of the setter's technique. The important issue then is to get the set
Nick> there on target.
Just looking at the time, middle blockers have plenty to get there IF
they just look where the ball is going and go in the right direction.
There are however some problems.
If you contact the ball high, the middle blocker has very little time
to decide whether he should block in the middle or not. If he does
(incorrectly), (or just makes a little hop), he's probably too late outside
to close the block (assume a set like #52, and not a set 5 meter high
(okay, 15 feet for you Americans)
The second problem is faking out the middle blocker. When the
direction of set is determined mainly by your fingers and wrists, it
is indeed very difficult for a blocker to "read" which direction the set
will go. Still using sets like #52 and #12, he has a hard time getting
to the outside.
Evil> Next, the set is more deceptive because there is less motion by the
Evil> setter. Which means the block has to wait longer before deciding on
Evil> which direction to move to get to the set.
I don't think the motion is essential in this, but rather where you
contact the ball. Using a long arm motion, but contacting the ball
rather high, you can still set either forward or backward, using
almost the same motion (at least the difference is only in the last
part, and in the wrist movement).
About learning how to set, well, it takes a LONG time practicing to be
able to set the ball (approx) where you want it. Becoming a good
setter even takes much longer..... About drills, it is most important
to somehow find a trainer and/or good volleyball player (preferably
setter) who can show you how to do it and correct the things you are
Mark Korsloot (setter...., if you hadn't guessed it yet)
Dept. of Elect. Engineering, room 10.06 Phone:+31-15-786217
P.O. Box 5031, 2600 GA Delft, The Netherlands Fax:+31-15-784898