On my trip around Europe in August and September there’s a consistent thing that I’ve seen. Actually, I saw it on my prior travels as well.
That’s non-setters working on setting.
When I say this I don’t just mean working on out-of-system play. Many coaches do that sort of thing. That, though, generally just means whoever the designated secondary setter takes the second ball. For example, you hit the first ball to the setter, so the libero sets.
While I’ve seen teams work on that too, it isn’t the kind of training I’m talking about here. What I mean is that EVERYONE works on making good sets.
We’re talking high ball sets to the pins, of course. Not running the offense.
It’s a skill every player should have. As I talked about in my communication discussion, there are times when it makes sense for someone other than the setter to step in an set, above and beyond setter-out situations. You see it happen quite frequently in professional and international level matches.
This only works if all players have the skills, though.
“Yeah, but those are highly skilled players,” you might be thinking.
Of course they are. But they train those skills. With very few exceptions, I saw these players working on some kind of high ball setting every day.
So when you see a professional player set a nice hittable high ball, know that it’s because they work on it all the time. Are you doing that with your team?
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