Synopsis: If you’re looking for something to use to get players both front and back set reps using relatively little space, perhaps as a warm-up, this could be one your want to use.

Age/Skill Level: This is suitable for all levels

Requirements: 2-3 players, 1 ball

Execution: Place one setter in the normal target position and another near the right antenna. Have a coach also along the net at a distance away from the setter near the right antenna equal a normal outside set. If you think of the setter as being in zone 5 along the net, it is 4 places to zone 1 where outside sets go. Thus, if the right antenna setter is in zone 9, then the coach should be in zone 4. The coach passes/sets the ball to the setter in the normal target area, who back sets to the player in zone 9, who then sets all the way across to the coach. The players switch positions while the ball is in the air and the coach plays the ball to the target area once more, keeping the action continuous.


  • You can replace the coach with a player.
  • You could insert a 4th player off the net as a passer. In that case the coach would play the ball to the passer and things would proceed from there.

Additional Comments:

  • I saw this drill used as a warm-up by the Norway U17 girls team.
  • In the basic set up, this drill has the advantage of using little space. It could be run up near a wall rather than by the net, if necessary.

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Talent Strategy Manager (oversees the national teams) and Indoor Performance Director for Volleyball England, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy. His volleyball coaching experience includes all three NCAA divisions, plus Junior College, in the US; university and club teams in the UK; professional coaching in Sweden; and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. He's also been a visiting coach at national team, professional club, and juniors programs in several countries. Learn more on his bio page.

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