Thumb Sets

Thumb Sets

Post by Reinhard M. Wei » Sat, 21 Sep 1991 23:15:31

I have a problem that has been bothering me for some time, and I would like to
ask for other's opinions on this.  There is a setter in our men's A league that
uses a strange technique for overhand setting.  He basically receives the ball
relatively low (sometimes even chest high) and sort of 'squirts' it out, basically
using his thumbs to project the ball out.  He is rather inept at bump passing, so
I believe he uses this technique to cover for his inability to get low balls.  He
is quite skilled at this technique...at one point he took one facing away from the
net, on his knees in the server's box, and set the strong side hitter. I believe
it is illegal, but that he does it so well (and it looks so strange) that refs
don't call it.

Question: if you're using your thumbs to project the ball, as opposed to (the
   normal) wrist/arm/legs motion...can you receive the ball below your head?
   Are there any hard and fast limits as to how low an overhand set can start?