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Coaching Volleyball: How to Make Setting Simple Part 1
To coach volleyball setting skills I've broken down each part of the setting fundamental by body part so that you can self check and control each part yourself. So even without a volleyball coach you can correct or at least reduce your own unforced errors! This is Part 1 of my Volleyball Setting is Simple article.
The volleyball setting Position for your feet.
Every volleyball fundamental begins with your feet first. What your feet do will determine how well you do this fundamental. To begin learning how to set the ball, your feet should be shoulder width apart - not too wide and not too close - but comfortably apart with knees bent slightly. For right handers - in this position slide your right foot 2 inches forward so that it's slightly in front of your left foot. For left handers slide your left foot 2 inches forward. This gives you a better balanced position when you start setting on the run.
The volleyball setting position for your midsection.
Now, let's move up to the positioning of your body's midsection. Whether you are setting from a stationary position (standing still) or when you have to move to set the ball, for your midsection - pretend like you have an iron rod or stick that has been inserted in your back that starts from the top of your neck and ends just at your tail bone. This iron rod won't let you bend over at the waist which means that you can only squat up and down and you are forced to use your legs to get you to the correct position underneath the ball.
This is the correct body movement for the set - you must bend your knees to squat underneath the ball as it is in the air then you raise your body out of the squat - simultaneously straightening your legs in order to meet the ball. (One more example- its like sitting in a chair with your hands above your head and having to stand up to meet the ball .)
The volleyball setting position for your arms.
Your arms start at your sides slightly bent at your elbows in a 90 degree angle - just like you have them when you run. When the ball is approximately two feet above your head bring both arms up in front of you - as your arms come up - bring them closer together. When your hands are just above chest level your hands should start to come together so that your index fingers are barely touching and they form a triangle with the thumbs of both hands.
The volleyball setting position for your hands.
The correct hand position for the set is for the palms of both hands to be turned up to the sky. The palms of both hands are relaxed and open so your hands and fingers fit perfectly around the ball. Both forefingers and thumbs of each hand are barely touching each other and they form the shape of a broken triangle which is placed right in the middle of your forehead.
To be continued in Part 2.
About the Author:
April Chapple is a former USA National Team member and Volleyball Professional who created the first virtual volleyball mentoring community with volleyball skills,coaching and information sites including