100 thoughts on “How to Set a Volleyball BETTER in 5 MINUTES

  1. I’m a senior setter in high shool about to start my college career in the NAIA and when you brought up “the paradox of pressure and perfection” I can’t even stress enough how real this is. The mind is a crazy thing that I’m constantly trying to battle my thoughts and tiny subconscious thoughts that get in the way from me being able to give my best hitters the best sets. Thank you for this video!

  2. Great points! Mental game can trip us up!

    My college basketball coach pulled me aside on day during a terrible practice:
    Coach: when are you “most on your game?”
    Me: during [casual] pick up games.
    Coach: how much are “thinking” while you’re playing ?
    Me: 😟 I don’t, I just play 🤯

  3. Thanks for this video! I find the mental aspect of volleyball very difficult for me to overcome, especially at high pressure situations. It's nice to know that everyone goes through it!

  4. I actually cannot agree more w/ this haha. I started setting about a year ago and back then doing a back set was the most daunting thing. I tried to make the perfect set 24/7 and it'd just end up being absolutely terrible.Later on I literally just stopped giving 10 ****'s and just starting setting back in games. Improves quite quickly 😉

  5. This is honestly the best advices I've heard. You put your finger right on the problems I have on the court : the pressure and the self confidence. Every time I have a fraction of a second to make a set (after a block for instance) it's almost a perfect set. On the other hand, when I have a perfect pass, I'm starting to feel the pressure and my set is far, far away from perfect…

    I got to learn how to let it go… And to know that I'm not alone having that feeling is a great start.

    Thanks a lot man!

  6. Are you saying not to bump set all the time. When you bump set you won’t get called for a double and lift so I think you should bump set. What’s the downside to bump setting

  7. At first sorry for my bad english. But i know what ur meaning. We`ve got a really got Attacker in the team and when i have to set him a ball its never gonna be like a setted ball for someone else. 🙂

  8. I think it's also important to note that really good partners to a setter can inspire confidence IN the setter, when they are able to "put away" a non-perfect set. I'm a middle-blocker indoor 95% of the time, and timing a 'perfect 1' play can be tricky with different setters and rotations. So when I jump to hit a quick and the ball is too low, or too high, or behind be, etc. I make every effort to get the ball over, let alone a kill, and keep the play going. The setter can take that non-perfect set personally and then struggle after that. The most important thing I do for a setter when a non-perfect set happens is laugh to help them shake it off, and tell them "Hey, as long as you get the ball near me we'll make something happen. Keep setting!" This inspires my setters to know I don't need that perfect set to make plays. I just need them to keep setting, and to have fun. And when we DO connect with a perfect or near-perfect play, the cheers and joy afterwards only boosts their confidence more.

  9. I couldn't agree more about the psychological element of setting. I have been playing beach volleyball for about 2.5 years and it took me this long to realise that I shouldn't be looking for a perfect set, but be comfortable in the knowledge that my partner can hit it when it is in the right area. That's exactly when it all comes together. Here is a short video of us training in the sunny Johannesburg, South Africa: https://youtu.be/RTEySy-NqOw.

  10. most of these tipps basically affect you in any play your mind has the time to think of what you are doing. To me as a Wing Spiker i mostly feel these "pressure moments" when trying to perfectly throw the ball for a jump serve. the more i try the worse it gets, while the beste serves are actually in games where there is almost no pressure at all. Confidence is the way to win. Good Video.

  11. These are good points. It's all about what u said on the last point experience and all the other stuff just comes naturally. Start by lifting and doubling play with people who wont care and u will slowly improve and eventually try not lifting and doubling and it comes naturally. Experience is key just set alot also dont allow others to tell u ur sets are bad be confident.

  12. Another killer vid! How about an upcoming one on <6' player strategies? It's a different game when you can reach over the net without jumping. Would love to see some recommendations for defending against taller players (especially blocking).

  13. Im a thirteen year old girl in year 7 about to go in pro the junior Olympics for volleyball and setting I suck at so this video really helped me and now I can teach my lil bro how to set good too thank you soo much!🙂

  14. I totally agree with this. When I entered a particular club, I wasn't expecting to be setter, probably a tech hitter or a libero (i'm pretty short). Until the coach asked me if I can set because they lacked a second setter. So i said, you know what, screw it, I'll just give it a go. And when I played in drop-in sessions, most people like to hit, so here again I said screw it, I'll just set. Overtime, I naturally just became a setter.

  15. I love that you guys started the series about hand setting with the mental part of it because I couldn’t agree more, I believe hand setting to be more mental than any other skill in the game. Thanks guys I’m looking forward to more

  16. I'm new to sand volleyball (started in dec 2018) when I moved to Phoenix, AZ. I've been playing for fun events and a few draw style 4s tournaments but have had no luck and have placed way at the bottom of the rankings. I watched this video yesterday right before my random draw blitz vb tournament and placed 4th individually out of 16 people. 1 month ago I played the same style event and was dead last. Last night I walked into the court and said "F it. Money is on the line but I don't care cause I'm here to have fun and get better." That mentality change made all the difference because I played the middle back like a boss and made it to the winners circle. Love the vids and love learning a skill from here and taking it to the courts!!

  17. There’s a guy named Joni originally from the Ukraine who has been playing and coaching volleyball at Bradford beach in Milwaukee for 50 plus years. He’s also known as the setting whisperer. He’s actually worked with some of the guys on tour. Jeff Samuels, Bill Kolinski to name a few. Has taught me a lot about the small details in hand setting. Staying relaxed and having a beer is one of them lol

  18. I actually spend the whole summer practicing the hand set for beach volley. I got the hang of it and was pretty good at it, and guys I play with were surprised it actually works. But then when the real match was happening, I didn't want to risk it…

  19. My hitters for competitive games expect so much perfection so then I set bad but when I just have fun in non competitive i set mint balls

  20. Your every point applies to me aa a setter sometimes when i get a perfect pass i could not make a nice ball but sometimes a wrong ball i make it perfect so how to change my mentality its not easy to change your mind that much or is it???

  21. Thanks for putting these great ideas out there! I can totally relate to the pressure vs perfection paradox—shank the pass to the back, and you get a perfect set from me. Give me a perfect pass with pressure, and there's a 50/50 chance my hitter will have to chase it down. In the same vein, this was completely helpful to me for understanding a bothersome part of my mental game: when I play with a partner of lower skill level than myself, I fall apart under the expectation that I'm the more skilled player and should be able to "carry" him/her. Give me a player of better skill level than myself and I tend to rise to the occasion, make great strategic plays, see the ball and just do everything right. Some days I wonder if it's just the other player carrying me, but I've had a few people confirm that they've seen this pattern in my play. Hopefully this knowledge can help me kick the pressure of my expectations to the curb and just play my best all the time!

  22. I only play indoor so…. is it really that different from beach that a pro indoor player/setter cannot hand set in beach??

  23. I swear everything you said is 100% ACCURATE! I honestly thought I was the only one going through shit cause every single hitter on my team needs 'a perfect set' and they're all different.

  24. Thank you! Everything you said is true, especially the first point! The more you get great passes, the more pressure come in for the setter to give better sets, as more is also expected from him. And then I would usually overthink, and end up screwing the pass. Thanks for the tips!!!

  25. This is 100% accurate for me. When it's an easy set I Fuck up and when it's an impossible set, for some reason, I'll set the most beautiful perfect set. I always felt it was mental

  26. I thought I was the only one with this mental “block” of the pressure of making a perfect set and then somehow making the perfect set with a crap pass lol

  27. Hafa Adai from Guam (how's it going?). I'm an indoor player who is considering playing beach. Can you break down the similarities and differences between indoor and beach? Is it difficult to transition? Is it difficult to play both simultaneously?

  28. Bump sets are better because there are no option for double contact or lift/carry faults. In tough hardcore scenarios where you are tired, the heat is a lot, your fingers are wet, there is wind etc. Then ball could slip between your fingers. 1 mistake during hand set and you give free point to your oponents. Bump sets can be just as good as hand sets. Plus you can set the ball with one hand. Poke the ball or hit the ball with fist. Otherwise hand sets are good in some cases. Another advantage of bumpsets is that you can set 1st balls which means your parther can strike the ball towards the oponent side of the court at the second hit, not on the third. This makes unique attacks. While you cant hand set 1st balls on beach volleyball. Much sharper and faster passes can be done that way. Also you can set the ball with any part of your body. Not only with hands.

  29. I was recently setting for some rec players and there was one player who was clearly better than everyone else and I couldn't give her a good set to save my life, but everyone else got beautiful sets from me. I was like, "what's wrong with me?!?!?!" And you summed up that challenge perfectly here. Thanks for the vlog.

  30. As a hitter, when I'm feeling it, I purposely tell my setter just give me literally anything and I'll hit it. Hope its helping them!

  31. Oh damn Im a libero but I felt bad at setting because I’m always Down low and only pass but this helps a lot also I have small hands and feel like I can’t get a good grip – tho haha

  32. I used to bump set A LOT. I honestly dont exactly know why but I just remember thinking “What if it’s not high enough for them? Is it too far or too close to them? bla bla bla”. Pressure really messed me up.

  33. when youre serving for fun you get the perfect serve… when youre serving in game you completely miss the ball…

  34. Everything has a truth: the truth bumping, the truth of hitting, the truth of setting, etc. And that make the best player or team. The excellent of everything make you win

  35. I never played volleyball and I probably never will. Why am I watching this.
    Still interesting though.

  36. I was a setter in high school and league play. I don't have anywhere near the experience you have, however, hand setting just always came pretty easy for me. Sure you have that occasional jenky set but I never let it get in my head.

  37. Awesome video, definitely doesn't help that the rules and refs leave a lot up to judgment with what is a legal and illegal handset, but I couldn't agree more that prima donna hitters are the worst to set for. If you have good foot work as a hitter you shouldn't need a set in some 3"x3" window.

  38. Wooow, hands down best tutorial ever. The fact that youre the only person that talks about the pressure that we have while playing volleyball. That effects me the most.

  39. That is very true! Pressure and the amount of negativity I have in my mind really makes my sets become yuck . If I don’t think about it at all, my sets become better.

  40. I can confidently say that the aim small miss small is a hoax like you said. I’ll have buddies that play casually and I’ll give them the most 11/10 juicy sets and then I’ll set guys that are in leagues and they’ll end up going some random direction lol

  41. Thanks for the video. Great tips. I’m an old man (56) who played for many years as an indoor setter – never hit or passed! So frustrating that I keep getting called for doubles on the beach, when I’ve always thought I had good hands.

  42. My sets seem to always go sideways no matter how hard I try to get it to go staright up when I'm practicing alone, so is there a way I can change that?

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