Like most skills effective Back Setting comes down to mastering just a few basic fundamentals.
In the video clip below University of Northern Colorado Head Coach Lyndsey Oates breaks down the fundamentals of back setting, shares some key coaching points and offers a drill to help master this important skill.
Coach Oates states that the backset has three stages: Catch, Move & Release.
She begins her instruction by saying when the ball comes the setter will “catch” the ball with hands up and then “move” the ball back along then “release” with the hands facing forward. She stresses that the setter should not allow her fingers to point backward (said another way the palms should not be facing up) and that the palms should remain facing forward. If the palms finish up the ball will have topspin and be difficult to hit.
Other key coaching points include:
- Shoulders should be over the knees. Do not bend backward
- Release the ball with the head level. She uses the phrase “Chin down” which actually means keep it level.
- Hips should be square to the left side antenna.
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