The overhead pass is typically referred to as the set . The execution of most volleyball skills requires effective movement of players prior to contacting the ball. When executing a set, focus on moving your feet to the ball and squaring your shoulders to the target, lifting your hands and forming a shape similar to the volleyball, and using the extension of your arms and legs to push the set high into the air.
To be able to square your shoulders in the direction of your intended set, you need to arrive at the spot where the ball is heading.It’s very important to get there before the ball does. Once you have arrived, it is important to get your hands up quickly and have your body in an athletic stance with your feet staggered and your knees bent comfortably. It is preferable to have your right foot forward, especially if a serve reception forces you near the net.
With your hands in the shape of the volleyball, it is extremly important to have your thumbs pointed at your eyes. Practice this without a volleyball and you will be able to picture the ball settling into your hands quite nicely. Your goal should be to contact the ball near forehead level. As you contact the ball with your finger pads, be sure to drive with both your arms and legs in the direction of the intended set.
Spring in the wrists
The action of the wrists is important in the execution of a set. With your hands open and in the shape of the volleyball, your wrists will give a little as the ball makes contact your finger pads. This can be described as the ball going to the hands. Think of your wrists as a spring, be sure that the ball doesn’t stop in your hands and you won’t commit a “held ball” violation.
The great drill for springing the wrists is giving the ball to setter who’s in setting position and push the ball into her forehead. Setter needs to resist this force without holding onto the ball. Then you should suddenly pull your hands and the setter will push the ball springing the wrists.
The largest number of setting errors are commited when setter makes the contact with the ball. A player may hold the ball in the hands too long and actually be whistled for a held ball infraction. Another mistake commonly observed in setting is the slapping sound that appeares with a set that only contacts the palms of the hand and not the finger pads.