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Three tips for beautiful volleyball games

In a previous article I discussed how important it is to have a solid foundation for footwork. Now is the time to expand your setup skills to include not just footwork, but hands as well.

There are three main principles to keep in mind when setting up:

1. Your hands should be smooth and strong.

As the ball approaches you, your hands should already be above your head with your wrists slightly tilted back. Cushion the ball as it comes into contact with your hands by flexing your wrists a bit more, then straightening them quickly. Use both hands equally to direct the ball towards the chosen hitter.

Remember that there is a very small difference between soft hands that can cushion the ball and holding the volleyball illegally for a long time. If you break your wrists too much and appear to carry the ball, you will be asked to lift and your opponents will get a point.

On the contrary, your hands can’t be too stiff either. Without a little flexibility in your wrists, you will never have the ball under control. When you use a forearm pass, you are simply redirecting the momentum of the ball towards the target by allowing it to bounce off your arms. The setting, however, requires you to alter the trajectory of the ball as it leaves your hands.

As it approaches you (the setter), the volleyball travels toward the net. After the series, you want it to travel parallel to the network. So without hands that are soft enough to cushion the ball and alter its trajectory without holding it too long, you won’t be able to make accurate casts.

2. Thumbs in the eyes

Note that I’m not suggesting that you really stick your thumbs in your eyes. What I’m saying is that when you receive the ball, your thumbs should be almost directly over your eyes.

To achieve this position, your wrists should be slightly bent and your fingers rounded. This type of position should direct the thumbs towards the face; if not removed, they will get in the way of the ball and stuck thumbs will ruin anyone’s day.

As mentioned in no. For #1, we need hands that can cushion the ball without carrying it too long, which means we need good ball-shaped hands. And, of course, the only way to get our hands to form a spherical shape is by pulling the thumbs towards the eyes.

By making sure your thumbs point toward your eyes and not your mouth or forehead, you’ll be well on your way to a more consistent set.

3. Follow the example of football

I know this may seem a bit strange since soccer players use their feet and the adjustment involves only your hands, but to have an accurate ball position when placing the volleyball, we can mimic soccer players a bit . More specifically, I mean heading the ball.

If your footwork has been accurate and you’ve gotten under the ball in preparation for setting it, it should be coming up in front of you. Pulling your hands away at the last second should result in the volleyball hitting your forehead, not your mouth or the top of your head.

Again, I am not suggesting that you let the ball hit you in the head or face.

Keeping the ball above your forehead will allow you to make the most of the power generated by the muscles in your arms, wrists, and legs. Maintaining this ball position each time you set will also decrease the amount of time the ball is in your hands, making you less likely to be called to pick up.

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