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Setter's Responsibilities and Expectations

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  1. Know who to set in various situations; result of conference with coach, game plan, and experience.
  2. Determine what will be the most efficient set, playset, combination or offensive strategy in various rotations and situations.
  3. A setter must be a good psychologist by knowing:
    • The most effective way to motivate teammates.
    • How to show confidence in players and make them feel good.
    • How to radiate confidence
    • How to handle hitters: when to "baby" them, ignore them, make demands of them.
    • How to keep all players involved in a game.
    • How to keep all players involved in the offense.
  4. Any confusion in the offense or the patterns is the setter's fault. The setter MUST clearly communicate the plays before serve reception and freeball situation. NOTE: especially to substitutes entering a game or drill station and to hitters who need things communicated stronger or more clearly than others.
  5. A setter must know all overlaps, where you are supposed to be, and where the hitters and passers are supposed to be.
  6. A setter must be able to visually or verbally communicate with the coach during a match (opponent's weaknesses, hitter to set, etc.)
  7. The setter's attitude should be an extension of the coach's attitude (as long as it is positive and upbeat).
  8. The setter must be in control of her emotions AT ALL TIMES.
  9. A setter should seeks feedback from hitters. Put the hitters in a position to succeed.
  10. A setter must have the attitude that "I can take any five players and WE will find a way to win."
  11. A setter must be prepared to set EVERY second ball. If hitters set balls or get in your way, it is the setter's responsibility to make it clear that you will set unless you call for help.
  12. A setter should yell "help" on every ball you cannot get or you have made first contact on defense.
  13. There is no such thing as a bad pass. If a pass is not perfect, it is the setter's responsibility to improve the team's chances of scoring or siding out by making the best possible set.
  14. It is the setter's responsibility to give the hitter a set which gives her the best opportunity for a kill.
  15. No one person can ever lose a match, but a setter having a poor day can.

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