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Play Better Volleyball: Setting
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This comprehensive DVD features Coach Santiago Restrepo and the University of Oklahoma volleyball team. Coach Restrepo clearly details the five essential keys to becoming a good setter. He also shares a variety of drills to train hand placement, footwork patterns along the net and off the net, jump setting, back setting, one-hand setting, and much more. A must have resource for players and coaches at any level! 34 minutes. 2006.
About the Coach: Santiago Restrepo has achieved numerous honors as both a player and a coach. As a player, he was an NCAA Division I All-American and has played on the American Volleyball Players Pro Beach Tour. As a coach, he was an assistant at Saint Louis University, and has been the head coach at East Stroudsburg University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Oklahoma.
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The drills seem logical and useful. The problem for me, is that the coach is not really giving any pointers. 15 girls demonstrate obediently and unemotionally. Not a sound of excitement, not a smile..it's all quiet in the gym.
I know this video is very useful, but as hard as I tried, I just could not get beyond its poor quality. Let's start with the coach himself..His vocabulary consists of 15 words on a good day! Add to this fact only one face expression and a sense that he just had a heavy meal-you get a video with some potential but falls short. The most-used (or abused) word is "okay". "Okay this/Okay that"! I had hard times understanding him.
Secondly, I found myself wanting a few close-up shots. The coach can really give some pointers/corrections to focus on, rather than just list the drills.
Yes, I know, he has a good reputation as a coach, but what he is teaching here is not rocket science! To me a good coach must be a good communicator above anything else.
Finally, the price: $30 for only 34 minutes is a bit steep.
To sum this up: Even though the drills are excellent and will effectively do the job of improving your setting, this video lacks good instuction/pointers from the coach, is poorly made, and too expensive for what it offers.
I use some of his drills, and they works for some kids ("guid the dogs" set the ball to the ground). Very good tips, A+.
Two things you will get from this DVD: he make the setting look so easy by break it down each step and each level. And he help to build the trust level in the atheles.
I apply some of that to the H.S. girls volleyball and they very interested. For my atheles think the setting so easy, so they willing to practice the technique.
The DVD certainlly will be the best tools for 7-12 grader coach but not for advance level players. Too many details have skim through quickly.
But if anyone want more should read the Coaching Volleyball by Kinda S. Asher; Mental Toughness Training for Volleyball by Mike Voight"...
And anyone want more "CREATE YOUR OWN" drills is a must for the coach position. "One size don't fit all", treat every atheles individual...
I have been privileged to have attend many of his training session on setting and he strives to teach the fundamentals of setting the correct way with out getting the student bogged down in analysis. The setting drills in this DVD are simple but the key lies in his instruction and his emphasis on getting the right reps and doing things correctly. The players who demo in the DVD are stellar performers from the University of Oklahoma's burgeoning volleyball program. The instructions are concise, to the point, goes to the point and extremely effective without being overly pedagogical.
I recommend the DVD highly.