This is a video by Keith Sewell of, an expert with more

than 12 years of experience in competitive volleyball.

Setting is a necessary skill, but it’s hard to master. In middle school, my coach told me that if I could learn how to set, there would be a spot for me on any volleyball team, and so I spent a lot of time practicing that skill, and later I played setter on the high school team.

Form: Bullwinkle to Superman

Usually the second contact of the possession is a set. In a set, the player uses the finger pads to launch the ball high in the air toward hitters.

Hands are above head with fingers spread out, forming a diamond

Start with your fingers spread

above your head: Bullwinkle's "antlers."

The fingers should be in a diamond shape to start, and they should finish outward, in what I like to call the “Bullwinkle to Superman.”

Wrists are shock-absorbers, not source of power!

Hands high above head; extended high


Most of the power for the set comes from the legs and the triceps. It is not all in the wrist!

Elbows come out wider than the shoulders and fully extend.

Extend, extend, extend

Setters must know their hitters well—know where they like the balls placed, how high in the air, etc. Strong right-handed hitters start in the front-left corner; lefties start in the front-right. Setters also need to know where the blockers are on the other team and set up their hitters accordingly.

Call the ball

If you're playing in the setter's position, it is your responsibility to get the second contact on the ball on every play! If you can't get it, yell "help" and one of your teammates will (hopefully) help you out!