Jump Setting

Want to extend the range of your setter and the quality of their their extended range passes? Check out this Jump Setting tip from Craig Skinner, University of Kentucky Head Coach.

When jump setting do you have them jump off of one or two feet. Every coach has his or her ideas on what they believe is best. No matter which way you believe is best, I believe that it is wise to consider alternate ideas even if you eventually reject them.

In the clip below Coach Skinner (2017 SEC Co-Coach of the Year – 2x SEC Coach of the Year; 2006 USA Junior National Team Head Coach) discusses why he has his setters jump off of one foot when jump setting on longer passes.  Coach Skinner is obviously a successful coach and you may find his points noteworthy.

When jump setting Coach Skinner’s number one focus and priority is that the setters arrives at the ball on balance. His experience with his setters has been that they are more balanced on long passes when the jump off of one foot. When covering ground it is simply easier to jump with control, balance and power when jumping off one foot. His setters have confirmed to him that they are more comfortable and confident with this technique.

Therefore, he teaches his setters to jump set off when foot they are moving into the 13-15 ft range and trying to set a” slide” or “5”, of  a  “Go” or “Hut”.

They clip below is from an instructional DVD that Coach Skinner put together with Kyle Walton, Transylvania University Head Coach. For more information about that DVD click the link Setter Drills for Improving Wrist Speed and Timing.

The YouTube video below has audio, so make sure that your volume is turned up and that you have access to the site. Please note that some schools block access to YouTube.


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