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When it comes to volleyball, the basics are what can win your team games. Fundamental passing, setting and hitting is the most important thing to learn in order to elevate your play. This higher level volleyball can be achieved through high amounts of repetitions at your specialized skill and countless hours. While this alone can make you and your team great, adding offensive plays into the mix can provide opportunities to enhance your volleyball experience.
At first, running plays will be something new to learn, which can add fun back into the game after years of fine tuning the basics. Also, once you start to see improvement and become successful at running these or other plays, your team will only benefit from running an offense that the other teams defense just can't handle.
Here is how initial hitting patterns are set up. The outside hits a high outside set, the middle hits a high middle, and the right side hits a set at the same height. These alone can be great sets with skilled attackers who can read a defense and know where to tip, chip, or swing away. But let's take this to the next level.
The first "play" that most teams learn to run is a quick set to middle. Timing is very important, as well as the setter learning to control their set. What happens is this: as the ball passes over the shoulder of the middle hitter from a pass, she starts her approach. She runs right in front of the setter, with maybe a foot in-between them. She then jumps, just like a normal approach, but the set is going to go right into her hand. The set is about a foot above the net or lower, because the hitter is right there in the air as the ball is being set. Advantages of this play are that it is very quick and the other team is usually not prepared for it the first time. It is tough to get a block on.
Another quick set is to the outside hitter (OH), with the attacker leaving about when the ball is set. The set is a shoot set, which means it travels along the top of the net at a faster speed than a normal set. If it were to not be hit, it would continue far out of bounds. It is not meant to stop right where the hitter is. Again, the point of these attacks are to catch the other teams off guard and get in a hit with either one or zero blockers, leaving the attacker free to pound the ball into the ground.
Also included in the quick sets is the quick back set. Since back sets are not practiced as much, right side hitters aren't often utilized until teams are older and more developed. Once a setter is comfortable with setting back (which they should be if they are ready to run plays), setting a quick to the right side hitter can be incredible for your team, since the other teams blockers will be completely frustrated with the high speed at which you can attack from all angles. With right side, they leave at the same time as middles do, and get the ball set right where the middles do except this time, right behind the setter instead of in front of her..
Here's where the fun really starts. Running a play with two hitters involved. In this attack, the middle and right side hitters go in for quick attacks. This is almost impossible to block, because of the options the setters has. They can either set quick back, who may have one block, set quick middle, who may have one block, OR set to outside in case the hitters aren't ready or the blockers are getting used to the play. The other team won't be prepared for an outside hit and any option you choose will most likely end in your team's favor.
There are endless possibilities!
In addition to these, you can quick set outside or middle at the same time, outside and back at the same time, and these are just quick sets! Don't forget to name your plays (1, 2, 3, red, green, blue, hut, go, etc...) so that you know where your setter is going to be setting without telling the other team! The object of all plays is to draw a blocker, or confuse them, so that hitters will have more options, instead of having to hit around a block. Do you hit well in hitting lines, but then get blocked in a game or have less powerful hits? It's because there aren't any blockers in hitting lines! Working with your setter on timing and set positions can help your team out a lot. But at what age or skill level do you start working on these? While the basics are most important, remember that practicing makes you better at any skill, so the more time you have to practice the plays, the better you will get at them. Even if the sets aren't perfect or they don't always go over, a skilled 14U team should be able to start learning these plays, just so it isn't completely foreign to them once they are in high school. This also gives them something to work towards and can be a great goal for them during practices and games, keeping volleyball fun for everyone, which is the most important thing.
These are only quick plays, I look forward to adding more pending requests and additional ideas that I could illustrate if you have any to share! Good luck with these!