How to Set a Volleyball | Volleyball Lessons


In beach volleyball, there’s two main ways
to set the ball. One way is to pass or bump set the ball, and
that’s done with your arms. The other way is to hand-set it, and that’s
done with your hand. Typically, more women end up bump setting
the ball, and men more often hand setting the ball. Some say this is because men have bigger hands. When you’re hand setting a ball, you still
have to get the same positioning with your legs, but instead what you’re going to do
is create a triangle with your hands over your forehead, and then extend upwards. The rules for hand setting are more strict. The ball cannot be doubled. That means you have to contact the ball at
the same time with your hands. Usually if the ball spins, that’s an indication
that you’ve doubled the ball, and the ref will call for the other team’s point. When you’re bump setting, you don’t have to
worry about a potential double call. As with passing, it’s really important to
have the right foot work when you’re setting. You want to make sure that you’re slightly
behind the ball, and have your feet about evenly spread apart about shoulder width. You want to make sure that you’re balanced
when you’re setting and that you’re facing your target. When you’re setting, you typically want to
set your partner anywhere from one to five feet off the net, but it varies depending
on your partner’s preference. If you set too tight or too close to the net,
your partner might get blocked. If you set too far off the net, they might
have trouble seeing the court when they’re hitting. After you set, it’s important to give your
partner a call. You want to say line, angle, one up, nobody,
these calls let your partner know where the block is, or where the defense is, or where
the open spot is. And that’s how you set a beach volleyball.

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