Setting can make or break a game of Volleyball. This essential skill can help volleyball players gain an advantage over other teams, and ultimately can help the entire team be more effective. We’ll talk about the importance of setting in beach volleyball, factors to consider, and a few scenarios that may arise.
When we talk about setting in beach volleyball, we’re talking about a setter setting up the ball–getting it into position so that an attacker can spike that ball properly. There are two types of setting–bump setting, and hand setting.
Bump setting is basic and safe. This is when you set the ball using your forearms rather than your hands. For many players, bump setting is squarely in the comfort zone–and there’s nothing wrong with that! Hand setting has a few more pitfalls, so we encourage players to stick with bump setting unless they’re consistently able to set 7 out of 10 balls clean, hand setting.
While handsetting has some daunting potential pitfalls, it also gives you a lot of control in the situation. If you’re able to consistently hand set the ball, hand setting allows you to get consistent results that can translate to more successful hits for your team.
Understanding some basic footwork can help you improve your setting game a ton. It’s not all in the wrists, hands, or forearms. Your footwork is crucial, too. It’s important to remember, that when you’re setting the ball–you’re not hitting it into a position, you’re setting it into position. You’ll want to keep loose, and let your knees bend as you get ready to set. Then, you’ll be able to use your entire body to set the ball into position through a smooth motion.
One of the great things about beach volleyball is being outdoors and enjoying nature–but nature comes with wind. Consider which direction the wind is blowing from, and how that will affect your set. If the wind is coming towards your side of the court, you’ll need to put a little extra power in to keep the ball where you need it. Conversely, if the wind is blowing toward the other side of the court, remember that it will help carry the ball toward the net and adjust accordingly. By the same token, if the wind is blowing to your left or right, you’ll need to make adjustments to your set.
Setting is all about setting up a perfect hit for your attacker, so it’s important to think about location. Where your position is, where they are, and how close to the nest you’re going to want to set that ball.
Tighter is better, right? Always? The truth is, when setting in beach volleyball, you can’t count on 100% accuracy every single time. You actually want to leave yourself a little bit of room for error. While you do want to keep things tight, and get that ball close to the volleyball net so that your attacker can make a great hit, always consider your margin for error. You’ll want to find a good balance where you get a tight set and leave yourself a little room for error.
Setting rules in beach volleyball can be a little complex, and we did mention that handsetting comes with some pitfalls. One of the major ones is what exactly is and isn’t legal in handsetting. Here’s what is and isn’t legal in handsetting:
Beach volleyball drills are a part of getting better at the game. And setting is no exception–especially handsetting. Try some of these drills to improve your proficiency:
Setting, as a skill, is crucial to the game of beach volleyball. In fact, setting may be more important than passing. By understanding how to set properly, you can become a more effective partner, and increase the amount your team is able to get hits, and change the outcome of the game. If you want to learn more about not only setting, but everything that goes into becoming a great beach volleyball player, have fun, and become a better player, join our Complete Player Program. You’ll unlock a year of individualized training and mentorship from our amazing coaching staff, and tons of other amazing benefits. You can learn more about our Complete Player Program here.
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