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How to Play Volleyball : How to Set a Volleyball

Hi, this is Keith Sewell on behalf of Expert
Village. Now we’re going to talk about how to set a volleyball. Setting is a very important
skill and usually takes ploce just after the pass. The pass will go to the setter, and
the setter will set the ball to the hitter. So if you’re a setter, you want to move to
the ball in a way that the ball will fall on your head if you don’t have your hands
up. Your feet will be staggered with your dominant foot forward, and when you get to
the ball, you’ll take a double step just before getting to the ball…a quick one, two with
the dominant foot forward. Keep your weight on your toes, extend your arms, and make a
windown with your thumbs and pointer fingers. In the window, you’ll see the ball coming
into your hands. Let your wrists and fingers absorb the ball just a little bit to get that
soft hands feel; that way you can control where the ball goes. You want to avoid prolonged
contact with the ball in your hands or you’ll be called for a lift. The ball has to come
in and out of your hands in one fluid motion; it’s got to be really quick. You’ve got to
make sure that both hands contact the ball at the same time or a double contact will
be called. Extend your arms toward to the target and use your legs to get your power.
You let your wrists spring forward as you release the ball. So between your legs and
your wrists springing forward, that’s where you’re going to get most of your power. You
don’t want to get your power from your arms pushing the ball in a hitting motion, like
slapping at it. So just like passing, you want to get to your spot as quick as you can
and get in position, ready to set and turn towards your target, kind of square up and
still be able to use your legs to get that power and have the chance to get that good

David Frank



  1. blackpumahat Posted on February 19, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    brutal hands keith. im suprised you've never been told not to pinch with your hands after the ball leaves

  2. Luke Posted on April 18, 2008 at 1:35 am

    this is not a smart guide.. ur not suppsed to pinch the ball…. and you are not supposed to take two quick steps…. i know how to play ive played in 5 state teams..

  3. settertrend Posted on June 3, 2008 at 2:36 am

    i can't set!!!!why everytime i try to set the ball went backward or does not fly high….i'm soo frustrated…

  4. Chu Colin Posted on December 23, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    expert village?
    where have you been?
    you can't teach very well :[

  5. ramon coronado Posted on December 26, 2008 at 5:11 am

    smthing dosent seem right when you setted the ball…..it look like the vball stayed in your hand too long…you will be called a lifting violation…..

  6. songju1992 Posted on December 30, 2008 at 1:20 am

    his setting his acceptable. and at a junior level, setting is in the legs but as u advance, setting actually comes from the arms. watch college videos or olympics. they jump set a lot and in the air, u cant use ur legs lol. jus study it. especially since the level is higher, everything must be quicker so the setter has to push with his arms or wrist to run a quicker play.

  7. WitnessofTheHolyOne Posted on March 13, 2009 at 2:35 am

    sir, the cheesy green screen gets you a 1 star.

    Everything else was good though.

  8. FruschendrixFan01 Posted on May 12, 2009 at 1:03 am

    The momentum of jumping provides a little energy from your legs, but you're generally right. But really anyone trying to learn from this video is a beginner and this is probably the way to go.

  9. Audrey E Posted on November 20, 2009 at 12:39 am

    I bet u aren't any better than this, so shut up!

  10. Konstantin Tashev Posted on December 13, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    omfg thats soo nubish im train volleyball 11 time in week and when i see that guy set i got LOLOLOLOL! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ just look he's fingers in the final of the pass ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Megan S. Posted on January 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    This guy can't set! His hands aren't over his head. And he's flicking his wrists, that will make the ball go all over the place.

  12. Megan S. Posted on January 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    You gotta use your fingers.

  13. Airking4321 Posted on January 13, 2010 at 12:22 am

    come on guys don't be so hard, he's right about how you aren't supposed to move your arms but to use your fingers and legs to keep your sets strong.
    also about the "over the head" thing? it depends on the length that you need to set the ball, if youre setting a middle then u need to have hands more over head than if you were setting an outside to a 4 or 5

  14. Andrew Andrwew Posted on July 7, 2010 at 2:05 am

    He said extend

  15. Kenny Chea Posted on August 13, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    that guy looks like that demon in the basement in a haunting in connecticut.

  16. Gail-Agnes M Posted on August 24, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    @pinkdancingsugarcube OMGOSH! I have the SAME problem!

  17. ToBoldlyTrek Posted on August 29, 2010 at 2:02 am

    i can set way better i learned differrently kinda on my own but then added more help

  18. Dylan Carlson Posted on August 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    nice green screen.

  19. Danielle Winters Posted on September 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Volleyball rocks, I prefer beach, but you try playing that in winter in england!

  20. Scott Alexander II Posted on September 25, 2010 at 8:10 am

    @deadwing5 Still got the job done though, so what's the big deal? Aren't you allowed to improvise in volleyball? Most people can't be thinking of 5 things at once while preparing to set the ball up standing at an angle.

  21. pandamoose Posted on October 29, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    @deadwing5 agreed. if you're not doing it properly in a non-game situation, then when it comes to game situation, it'll cause bad habits and worsen your play. Getting the job done isn't good enough because when you meet someone who gets the job done better, you'll lose.

  22. nightsaimy Posted on November 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    i don't understand why i wasn't picked out onn volleyball school contest. oh well mabye because i don't look to athletic, i was the dude that saved most of the time but still :/ i fucking hate my class and my teacher. because my teacher said that we had to deside so, after 5 seconds they picked out the 6 most "athletic" persons in class

  23. Layla Bertoune Posted on December 11, 2010 at 3:43 am

    Ur amazing, thank u so much for these lessons !!

  24. Taavi Kala Posted on December 23, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Thx! I always slap the ball when i set. Gonna remember these tips next time i play ๐Ÿ˜›

  25. Ellismore Holems Posted on December 23, 2010 at 9:58 pm


  26. Arne S Posted on January 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    @deadwing5 Indeed, his hands are too wide. And he needs to take the ball higher

  27. Jerson Castillo Posted on January 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    LOL… first, tell your hitters to open up to the set. Secondly,where does someone start? You need to contact the ball higher, setting the ball on your forehead is very elementary. Not to mention very predictable… Dont flick your wrists, dont bend your knees so much, dont drag your feet, use a left right (foot) push method, keep your chin down… ugh… this is ridiculous. worse video ever.

  28. mateshates Posted on March 16, 2011 at 2:13 am

    This is the worst video I have ever seen.. They have no idea what volleyball is…

  29. Bianca Boothby Posted on March 19, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    im in junior high and i dont want to start any bad habits is this bad setting? setting comes naturally to me and i have no idea how i look when i set this vid was kinda confusing and are there different kinds of sets?

  30. voleibol1unlp Posted on April 12, 2011 at 1:24 am

    POR FAVOR…si te gusta el VOLEIBOL saca estte video….en lo peor que he visto en mi vida….despues de 20 aรฑos de entrenador nunca imagine ver algo tan mal echo…..un armador que piensa que la pelota es una TETA porque la pellizca, como tampoco vi que arme de frente a posicion 2. Sacalo le haces mal al voleibol.

  31. voleibol1unlp Posted on April 12, 2011 at 1:24 am

    POR FAVOR…si te gusta el VOLEIBOL saca este video….en lo peor que he visto en mi vida….despues de 20 aรฑos de entrenador nunca imagine ver algo tan mal echo…..un armador que piensa que la pelota es una TETA porque la pellizca, como tampoco vi que arme de frente a posicion 2. Sacalo le haces mal al voleibol.

  32. voleibol1unlp Posted on April 12, 2011 at 1:27 am

    POR FAVOR…si te gusta el VOLEIBOL saca este video….en lo peor que he visto en mi vida….despues de 20 aรฑos de entrenador nunca imagine ver algo tan mal echo…..un armador que piensa que la pelota es una TETA porque la pellizca, como tampoco vi que arme de frente a posicion 2. Sacalo le haces mal al voleibol. Pitera en la decada del 80 explico que se le debe golpear con todos los dedos y los 2 ejemplos que pones golpean solo con los pulgares,indices y creo que llega el mayor. SACALOOOOOOOOO

  33. EpicNinja555 Posted on May 12, 2011 at 11:48 am

    YES finally a right title

  34. magnus3318 Posted on July 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Well, you can NEVER get good by watching pros and "frag" videos. You actually need to do some of this and not just watch others do it.

  35. HausOfCats Posted on July 23, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    … i'm pretty sure you're not supposed to flick your wrists…

  36. Shantaviabb Posted on August 1, 2011 at 6:12 am

    is he reading something , sounds scripted

  37. empoftheearth Posted on September 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    The setters have horrible footwork in this video…never never cross the legs and use the balls of your feet. I think he should have better explained the fingers springing forward, but not past where your hand is vertical with your forearm.

  38. Christopher J. Warren Posted on September 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Keyth Stone plays volleyball?! That guy can do everything!

  39. Kristen Wall Posted on September 27, 2011 at 2:36 am

    @deadwing5 hahaha yeah

  40. lilllol Posted on September 28, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    tht looks lik a carry on

  41. Canrig Posted on October 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks I have a volleyball today and this will really help

  42. Blueberry1261 Posted on October 25, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    My teacher told me this way the hardest part of volleyball. And I figured it is! My palm would always hurt. It was so hard for me ๐Ÿ™

  43. Jay Liu Posted on October 31, 2011 at 8:31 pm


    … i'm not trying to be mean or anything… but your palms aren't supposed to hurt after a set…

  44. hannah clarke Posted on January 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    okay i know its hard for some of you even hard for me! I just learned how to set you dont make a window you make triangle. and bend your arms when the ball comes and extend your arms for strength.

  45. Marco Diccion Posted on January 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I'm good at all skills but I don't know how to do this :(((((

  46. JessicaRabbit Posted on January 18, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Thumbs up for Nutella!

  47. Rajiv Reddy Posted on March 13, 2012 at 2:22 am

    @SwizzieTV its just you

  48. Freakinsweet999 Posted on May 1, 2012 at 4:52 am

    push with your legs even jump if you need to but make sure its not too aggressive or try and take your step as you push which puts your entire weight behind the set

  49. Mrshark Sigma Posted on May 5, 2012 at 3:39 am

    the hardest thing to learn in vollyball is spikeing…

  50. Scott Sugandi Posted on May 6, 2012 at 11:13 am

    i keep jarring my fingers when i set : can someone help or give me advice please?

  51. kat knieuwendyk Posted on June 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    yes very good

  52. uRsOgAyMc Posted on June 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    What an awkward video

  53. kawaiidoru Posted on August 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    that's weird. palm hurting after a wrong set? shouldn't it be fingers?

  54. Kristin Tayler Posted on September 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm


  55. mindy Posted on September 7, 2012 at 2:42 am

    im only 5'2 and i still play volley ball

  56. Anne Escandor Posted on September 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    wen i set the ball it goes up
    how can i be better player??/////

  57. Olivia Posted on September 16, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    You just need to try and aim it towards your spiker, it needs to be high up in the air.
    Other than that, you don't really need to work on anything(:

  58. Samuel Pajot Posted on September 20, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    No offence to the person that made this, but the tips we're good, although the demonstrations were very poor. he should have taken the ball much higher than his forehead and not make it obvious as to where he's setting. i play college ball, so i know quite a bit ๐Ÿ˜›

  59. TheMaleAvenger Posted on September 25, 2012 at 4:32 am

    So, you set the ball higher than your forehead? That makes sense. Thanks! =)

  60. mikayla a. Posted on October 6, 2012 at 12:26 am

    just when you set make sure to set it high & set it right to your spiker!(:

  61. andrijazmajkv Posted on November 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm


  62. Jay Lopez Posted on November 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Height is not really that important.. but your jump is

  63. panais antoniou Posted on December 9, 2012 at 6:56 am

    volleyball is so amazing but i don't understand why cant they make a game of it

  64. spike51 Posted on January 22, 2013 at 3:47 am

    kinda looks like Ben Aflack

  65. Diamond bby Posted on January 31, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Nuck chorris's son

  66. Jasmine Liz Posted on April 12, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    You're suppose to use your fingers to set not your palm…

  67. Inder Bhangu Posted on April 26, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    nice work… and thnx for vedio
    can you tell me how to take ball on fingers.

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    my god this video was awkward.

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  71. Jasmine Blue Posted on August 28, 2013 at 12:31 am

    This video really helped me. thxs! ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. Ninfa Laurenzo Posted on September 2, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    So boys and have their own sports like football that only men can play in but volleyball swimming tennis ect. Are for boys and girls no fair

  73. salem alkurashi Posted on December 14, 2015 at 7:13 am

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  74. Tim Sinyakov Posted on December 17, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    This quality is weird

  75. Katia Cienciala Posted on May 1, 2016 at 11:37 am

    wow 2008 xDD But thanks this really helped me

  76. Jit-Art Posted on May 6, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Sir… you look like Ben Affleck….
    Great video btw.

  77. LEXTER VENTURA Posted on August 20, 2016 at 6:09 am

    very helpful

  78. Toni Cobbit Posted on October 6, 2016 at 6:06 am

    is he Ben Afflect??

  79. Bawihnaing Sung Posted on January 28, 2017 at 5:50 am

    This look so easy but it not

  80. amanda justine Posted on May 7, 2017 at 11:50 am

    tb to 2008 quality and editing. anyone else watching in 2017?