From Kyle Mashima of SoloStats Live, the AVCA presents at-home training concepts for a period of social isolation.


Serving and Vision Training are important facets of the game, but high-quality and consistent setting can't be overvalued. To work on this set of skills, it's ideal to have access to one particular piece of equipment that can be found in many neighborhoods: a basketball goal. Preferably, one with adjustable height - our suggestion? Check craigslist to see if anyone local is offloading their old goal (and keep your distance, of course, if you do go that route).

Kyle has also MacGyver'd a way to replicate a setting hoop. Using something similar to a ball cart (ideally, an actual ball cart), you can order two telescoping pool cleaning poles and a hula hoop and use a little duct tape to complete the contraption:

With everything in place, set a benchmark that you want to achieve, for example: set 20 balls right through the hoop. Use this setup to work on power and accuracy. You can do it with the basketball hoop or the makeshift hoop - obviously, the basketball hoop will be much more of a challenge.

GOAL: 20 balls through the hoop from 17 feet away.

PROCESS: Toss the ball high (around 10 feet). Set the ball through the hoop while concentrating on your form and log the # of attempts that it takes. Increase the distance to the hoop as you progress. You can make it as easy or as hard as you want.

You can also work on squaring to the target. Oftentimes players can develop better power and accuracy, but lag a bit in the ability to get squared to the net. To help with this, have them toss the ball to their left to simulate balls where they have to run off the net, turn and set.

Same as above, set a goal that you want to achieve and log the # of attempts. Here's what this looks like in action:

Developing power, accuracy and getting square to the target is beneficial - but you can also work on developing a feel for setting from a variety of positions on the floor. If possible, have someone randomize the locations of the toss and force the player to chase the ball down, establish proper footwork, get square and deliver a set. Moving around the floor will help develop a sense of touch that many young players need to work on.

You can even work on practicing a short set. Set a goal for successful sets, position yourself close to the target and work on getting the ball just over the rim and through the hoop with a soft touch - this is an excellent time to focus on form.

Still looking for more setting options? We've put together a little bit of Extra Credit that might be just the thing you're looking for. Next up, we'll get into Attacking for Chapter 4.

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