Setter Blocker Drill Coaching Video

A setter blocker chess match often plays out as teams advance to higher levels. This is a cat and mouse game within the game of volleyball.

The focus of this drill is to develop the skills necessary for the setter to read and anticipate the opponent. The setter learns to become more aware of the block and vice versa. 

Attack the Weakness and Avoid the Strength 

Every team has particular strengths and weaknesses.

Let's say for example, a team is better at blocking a ball set to the outside antenna and struggles at defending a set to the middle.

If the setter understands these tendencies ahead of time, the setter can run the offense to attack the weakness (ex: defending a ball set to the outside).

In the following the drill, the setter works on seeing the block and making quick decisions. 


Setter vs Blocker Coaching Video


The Drill from the Blocking Perspective

This setter blocker drill is also useful for training the blocker.

Setter VS Blocker Volleyball

From the blocker perspective, the block and defense needs to know the tendencies of the setter. This will help with anticipating the offensive play the setter is running.

Knowing tendencies is the key to anticipating and being able to predict what will likely happen.

Here are a few things the setter should be thinking about...

  • Is the block committing?
  • What style of defense is the opponent playing?
  • Who is my primary attacker?
  • What is my strongest offensive play for this rotation?
  • Where is the opponent the strongest blocking (outside, middle, or opposite)?
  • Is the setter at the net blocking or in the back row playing defense?

Setter Blocker Anticipation Advantage

Most setters, especially beginners, have yet to develop the anticipation skills necessary for making good setting decisions. This is why a setter that practices "seeing the block" and learns to recognize tendencies has a huge advantage over the competition.  


34 Setting Drills (Coaching Videos)

In my new setting videos, you're going to learn 34 setting drills that focus on training your setter. 

Discover how to develop softer hands with a quicker and cleaner release. See the exact drills I use for training a setter in a team practice. Also, discover how to practice setting on your own without a net.  

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We all know that footwork in volleyball is critical. Learning the correct footwork for setting is especially important. 

Discover the correct movements to get in position to set and the key techniques for emergency setting situations.

From these videos, you're going to learn...

  • How to set a tight pass
  • How to get off the net quickly
  • How to communicate and run plays
  • Best drill for improving setting accuracy
  • Correct footwork for coming quickly off the net
  • A simple drill to eliminate double contacts
  • Best drill for improving decision making
  • And much more!

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