Getting the "feel" of setting

Getting the "feel" of setting

Post by Jim Basa » Fri, 01 Nov 1991 21:47:27


I have a girlfriend who picked up volleyball a few years ago and who is
coming along fine except for one thing.  She sets with locked wrists and has
some control problems as a result.

I have tried every way I know how to explain to her how to set more "softly"
but she can't get the "feel" of it.

Does anyone have any beginner exercises that would help her along?  Maybe a
junior high level expaination would help but I am not a coach.

thanks

jim basara

 
 
 

Getting the "feel" of setting

Post by Ann M. Dav » Sat, 02 Nov 1991 21:52:48

Quote:


> >I have tried every way I know how to explain to her how to set more "softly"
> >but she can't get the "feel" of it.

> >Does anyone have any beginner exercises that would help her along?  Maybe a
> >junior high level expaination would help but I am not a coach.

> I'm not a coach, nor do I play one on TV.  And the method about to be
> described was not given to me by any coach, so no guarantees are expressed
> or implied.  But, it worked for me!

DITTO!

I'm just starting to get the "feel" of setting.  What seemed to help me
was catching the ball.  Extend your arms like you're going to set the
ball, and catch it instead of setting it.  Then bring your arms down towards
your face in sloooooww mootion and set the ball. As you get better, you
can speed up until you're setting the ball and not catching it.

Hope this helps
--

Ann M. Davis

MIT Center for Space Research          

 
 
 

Getting the "feel" of setting

Post by Rob Griffit » Sat, 02 Nov 1991 10:20:00

Quote:

>I have tried every way I know how to explain to her how to set more "softly"
>but she can't get the "feel" of it.

>Does anyone have any beginner exercises that would help her along?  Maybe a
>junior high level expaination would help but I am not a coach.

I'm not a coach, nor do I play one on TV.  And the method about to be
described was not given to me by any coach, so no guarantees are expressed
or implied.  But, it worked for me!

When I was in college, and trying to become one of the setters in our
6-2 offense, I had the same problems.

I finally found something that loosened up my wrists considerably.  Between
classes, when I should have been studying, I sat around, setting a
volleyball.  I had two preferred practice methods.

First, I would lie down on the sofa or the floor, and just set the ball
up, straight above my face.  After the set, I would leave my arms semi-
extended (elbows slightly bent), and then try to 'catch and flick' the
ball back into the air.  Lying on the floor, with my arms up, seemed
to let gravity help pull my wrists down (or something like that!).  This
helped me devlop a soft feel on the ball.  But it did nothing to improve
(and probably hurt) my actual setting motion (ie hands above the head,
not in front of my fact).

My second exercise, started after I got more proficient at the first
involved simply sitting on the sofa, and setting the ball low over my
head, repeatedly.  In other words, PRACTICE!  As I said, I should have
been studying, but this was sooo much more entertaining!  After doing
this for about 18 gazillion hours, I developed both a good setting
motion, and soft hands ("gee, it doesn't feel like dishwashing liquid" :-).

Your mileage may vary ...

-rob.
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Getting the "feel" of setting

Post by Rob Griffit » Sat, 02 Nov 1991 10:21:54

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>not in front of my fact).

                    ^^^^  should be 'face'.  STUPID FINGERS!

-rob.
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| R. Griffiths    | I'd rather be flying - to a volleyball tournament! |

| a beancounter?! |    what the who you know knows..."   - Anonymous   |
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Getting the "feel" of setting

Post by labb-.. » Tue, 12 Nov 1991 15:36:41

Contact point should be an inch above the forehead.  THe popular
misconception about seetting is that it is done with the wrists.
THe wrists are straight and setting is done with the elbows.
Basically, it is just a catch and push out motion.  After
the release, the forefingers should be pointed directly
towards wherever your target is.

bill