The setter is much like the quarterback in football or the point guard in basketball. They are in charge of the offense. They decide who should get the ball and when. It doesn't matter how good a team's hitters are if it doesn't have a setter that can consistently deliver a good ball to hit. The setter is a critical position in volleyball.
Often called the quarterback of the volleyball court, the setter is a unique position in volleyball. Unlike the passing role (outlined in this post last week), not everybody on a team steps into the setting role during every game. In a perfect world, the only player who would ever contact the second ball would be the setter, and nobody else would every have to practice setting.
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The setter must communicate the plays before serve reception and free-ball situations. A setter must know all overlaps, where you are supposed to be and where hitters and passers are supposed to be. A setter must be able to visually and verbally communicate with the coach during the match. A setter should be an extension of the coach’s attitude.
A setter should be able to identify the opponent’s blockers and single out which one is the weakest. Since they can play in either the front or back row, setters need to be ready to block, dig and receive a serve on defense. Responsibilities: Run the offense. Set the ball for teammates. Use a “dump shot” to keep opponents off balance.
2. Elite Volleyball Intelligence. The setter basically plays the role of on-court coach for a team. It is imperative that a great setter have a firm grasp of the rotation, the roles of everyone on the court, and the game plan. This allows the setter to be fully aware of where everyone is, or should be, on the court.
1. The setter is a position on a volleyball team and perhaps, the most important position. The setter is in charge of the offense and is in-charge of setting the ball up for their teammates to attempt a spike. After the ball is hit to them, the setter is usually the second player to touch the ball and it’s up to them to know where all their teammates are on the court and must decide who will receive the final pass.
What is the role of setter? A setter is a conventional role assigned a regular player (non-libero) whose primary responsibility is to take the 2nd touch (out of the 3 allotted touches) for their team to “set” a hitter for them to attack the ball. Setters may be in any rotational position on the court: front row or back row.
It is vital that the setter is versatile enough to play the agile role of getting around the court quickly and the athletic role of a hitter or blocker. In professional volleyball, the setter is often one of the highest paid on the team due to their involvement in virtually every play throughout a match.