Setting Volleyball Drills

Setting Volleyball Drills

Back Set

Split players up into groups of three with two players about twenty feet from each other and the third player in between them.  Begin by having one player set a ball to the player in the middle who is facing the player who sets the ball.  The player in the middle then back sets the ball to the player behind them.

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After back setting the ball the player in the middle turns around to receive a set from the player behind them.  The player who received the back set sets the ball  to the layer in the middle who then back sets to the player that started the drill.

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Continue this sequence as many times as possible and challenge the players to complete as many repetitions as possible without the ball touching the ground and without a incorrect set.


Clockwork

Set up a setter in the middle of the net and a target player to their left or right.  A third player will rotate around the setter and toss balls into the setter to be set to the target player.

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The player that is rotating around the setter should have plenty of balls to continuously feed the setter.  After they toss a ball in they should be moving to their next position at a different angle on the court for the next ball to be tossed.

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Work on the setter playing balls that are able to be attacked, the setter should also remain in the same position for the entire drill so they will be able to get repetitions setting balls played in from different angles to the target player.


Double Clockwork

Setters will work on reading the ball coming off of a dig in this volleyball drill.  The setter is positioned at the front right of the court and the digger is in the back court.  The third player positioned at the front left begins the drill by playing a ball in with pace, either hit or thrown, whichever is more consistently accurate, to the digger.  The digger digs the ball and the setter must set the ball back to the player that started the drill.

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In this volleyball drill the digger is the one that rotates to different positions on the court to allow the setter to react and read balls that are dug from different angles.

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Double Play

A setter positions themselve in the middle of the net, with two target players, one to their left and one to their right.  Two passers position themselves in the backcourt.  The target player begins this volleyball drill by playing a ball into a passer who then passes the ball to the setter.  the setter must set the ball back to the target player.

Double Play

Once the first passer passes the ball to the setter, the opposite target player should pass their ball into their passer.  Two balls should be in play at all times and the setter should be receiving passes at a frequent pace.


Double Play Variation

In this variation the drill is run the same as Double Play, but after the passer passes the ball they must run around a marker either at the side line or the end line and return to their original position where a ball is played into them by the target player.

Double Play Variation

This variation adds a conditioning element and will increase the engagement from the passing players.


Double Set

Players are split up into groups of four and the court is split into two sections as marked by the dotted line in the diagram.  Begin by playing a volleyball in to either side and the team of four must set a volleyball across the dotted line to their team mates before setting over the net.  Sets are the only hit allowed in this volleyball drill.  Teams are limited to three sets to get the volleyball over the net.

Double Set

The team scores a point if the other team is unable to return the volleyball or if they are able to return a ball with only two sets with the first successfully crossing the dotted line to their team mates and the second set going over the net.


Hands Focus

Hands Focus

Players pair up and stand five to ten feet apart with one ball for each pair.  The players will set the ball back and forth while standing still.  The focus of this volleyball drill is the proper form for the hands and motion of the arms and wrists.  If players are using their legs too much they can perform this drill on their knees.


Opposite Court Set

Players will work on setting to the opposite side of the court they are on.  Two players position themselves at the from corners of the court near the net, these are the target players.  The rest of the players line up behind the end line and the coach is in the middle of the court.  The coach will toss a ball either to the left or the right of the player, whichever side the ball is tossed to the player must set the ball to the target player on the opposite side of the court.

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Keep players guessing by tossing the ball to either side with no clear pattern.  Focus on getting to position before the ball arrives and keep the pace fairly quick.  Target players should rotate with layers in line so every player has the opportunity to set the ball.


Opposite Set

This volleyball drill is similar to opposite court set, but players will back set the ball to a target player on the opposite side of the court.  The coach tosses the ball wither to the left or right of the player and they must position themselves to back set to a target player on the opposite side of the court.

Opposite Set


Pass and Set

Groups of four will work together to see how many times they can pass then set the ball without the ball touching the ground.  A player will begin by passing the volleyball to two players on the opposite side of the court.  The player that receives will set the ball to their team mate who then passes the ball back to the pair of players that initiated the drill.

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Each pass and set combination counts as one successful repetition, challenge your players to beat their personal best for number of repetitions without the ball touching the ground.  This volleyball drill is a good warm-up and is great for beginners.


Popcorn

This fun volleyball drill will work on players setting ability as well as communication and court awareness.  Split players up into two teams with all players on one side of the court.  One team begins by setting the ball in the air, the opposite team must be the next one to set the ball.  If they do not and the ball touches the ground the team that last set the ball earns a point.

Popcorn

The teams will continue to set the ball after the opposing team until an illegal set occurs or the ball touches the ground.  Players are only allowed to set the ball.  Each set must be above the height of the net and a legal set to count.  This is a great volleyball drill for the end of practice that is a lot of fun.


React and Set

Setters will line up one side side of the court and a target player is placed at the front of the net.  The coach will begin this volleyball drill by tossing a ball with some height to an area on the court.  The setter will react to the toss and position themselves to set the ball to the target player.

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The volleyballs should be tossed to different areas on the court to work on setting from different positions to a target player.  Also periodically switch the position of the target player.


Recover

This volleyball drill emphasizes recovering to a defensive position after an attack.  Two players will position themselves along the front of the net and a third will be in the back court.  The player at the front corner will play a volleyball into the player in the back court who passes the volleyball to the other player at the net (the setter).  The setter then sets the ball back to the player who initiated the drill.

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Immediately after the setter sets the volleyball they should position themselves defensively.  Recover2

The player at the front of the net then hits a volleyball to the setter forcing them to dig the ball back to the player that played the volleyball in.

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Make sure that the setter quickly gets into a defensive position, the ball played in after the set should come quickly and keep the setter not their toes.


Set and Run

Players will work at a fast pace and get a lot of repetitions in this volleyball drill.  Four players position themselves near the corners of the court, two of them have a ball.  A fifth player positions themselves in the middle.  Begin by having one of the players on the corners pass a volleyball into the fifth player who then sets the volleyball to a player in the opposite corner.  After the set they run around a marker on the sideline and repeat the process with the players on the opposite side of the court.

Set and Run1Set and Run2This volleyball drill can be modified to have players set a volleyball across the court forcing them to back set or this volleyball drill can be used as a passing drill.  Each player runs through the drill for about a minute and then the players rotate until all five have had a chance to set the ball.


Set to Attack

During this volleyball drill setters will work on setting a volleyball that is able to be attacked.  Three lines of hitters are positioned across the court and a setter is at the net.  The drill begins with the coach tossing a volleyball into the setter who must set to the correct hitter.

Set to Attack

All three hitters approach the net every repetition and the setter must set to the appropriate hitter based on the coaches’ call.  Hitters should retrieve their volleyball after their hit.  Emphasize setting a quality ball that can be attacked.\ and make sure hitters are using this opportunity to be aggressive and work on their attacking.


Sets Only Game

Sets Only Game

All the rules of a regular game of volleyball apply to this drill, but players are only allowed to set the ball.  A volleyball is put into play by setting it across the net and the other team must return the ball with sets.  To make this volleyball drill more challenging and allow players to get more touches on the volleyball limit the team sizes to three or four players.


Setting Pairs

Players will work in pairs during this volleyball drill to set a volleyball back and forth over the net.  Begin with two lines of players, one on each side of the net.  A volleyball is set over the net and in front of the receiving player.

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The player then gets into position under the volleyball before it arrives and sets it in front of their position.

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Players continue to set the volleyball back and forth until they reach the opposite court.  Once they reach the opposite court the next pair begins.


Setting Warm-Up

Split players up into groups of three and they will get a lot of touches on the volleyball, as well as warm up through movement.  Setting Warm-Up1

Players form a triangle shape and the player at the peak of the triangle begins with the volleyball and plays it to one of their team mates.  After they play the volleyball they run around the team mate they set the volleyball to and position themselves on the opposite side of the triangle.

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The player who received the first set then plays the volleyball to the third player who has not made contact with the ball yet.  After their set they run to the position vacated by the player that began the drill.

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The third player sets the volleyball to the player who began the drill in their new position and then runs around them to the opposite side of the triangle.

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The player receiving the set then sets the volleyball across the triangle and then runs to the position vacated by the third player.  Each player will always set the volleyball to the same player, but after will rotate running around the player they played it to and running to the position of the player they received the set from.  Continue the drill and challenge players to get as many sets in as possible before the volleyball touches the ground.  This volleyball drill can be modified to work on passing as well.


Shout it Out

Position three players in the front of the net, one in the middle will be the setter and the other two will be the target players.

Shout it Out

This volleyball drill begins with the coach tossing a volleyball to the setter and they will call out which player to set the ball to.  The setter will keep their body position the same and back set the volleyball or set the volleyball to the player in front of them depending on the coaches call.  Work with setters to disguise which direction they are going to set the volleyball by keeping the same body position regardless of the direction of the set.


Simple Set

This volleyball drill is a good warm up drill and is good for beginning players.  Players line up on one side of the court and the coach positions themselves in the middle of the court.  The first player in line moves toward the coach, who tosses a volleyball to the player.  The player sets the volleyball back to the coach.

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After the player sets the volleyball they run around the coach and line up on the opposite side of the court.

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The next player in line then repeats the process.

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Once all players have gone through the coach turns around and every player takes another repetition.  To maximize touches keep the number of players in line low, around three to five.  This volleyball drill can also be modified to work on passing.


Star Setting

Six players will position themselves on one side of the court with one in the middle and the other five around them.  Begin the drill by having a player on the outside set a volleyball into the player in the middle.  The player in the middle must then set the volleyball to a different player on the outside.

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Continue this process and challenge players to set the volleyball as many times as they can without the ball touching the ground.

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Wall Setting

Wall Setting

This volleyball drill is a good warm up and good for beginners.  Players will work on setting the ball only moving their arms and mainly focusing on their hands and wrists.  Players line up along a wall with a volleyball and set the ball gently against the wall.  After the ball bounces off of the wall they must set the volleyball again and repeat as many times as possible.  This volleyball drill allows lots of touches to occur in a short amount of time and is a good time for instruction on form.


Two Ball Setting

Players will line up on both sides of the court just behind the three meter line and a setter will be in the middle near the net.  This volleyball drill begins with a player in one line setting a volleyball to the player in the middle then running to the net.

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The player in the middle then sets the volleyball to the player at their new position at the net.

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The player that initiated the drill then either back sets or positions themselves to set the ball to the next player in line.  Either set will work, depending on what skill the coach wants to work on.  After the player in the middle sets the volleyball the player in the opposite line sets a volleyball into the layer in the middle and runs to the net.

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The same process is repeated on the opposite side of the court and the player in the middle will then receive the next volleyball from the side of the court that initiated the drill.  This volleyball drill can can be modified to work on passing as well.