Using a simple piece of a elastic as a marker, Pocatello Elite Coach Chris Werner runs this transition-hitting drill to train his middles to see the ball better and to make their attack jump with the right amount of space between themselves and the setter.
It works this way: A middle and a setter line up side by side in blocking position on the right side. The setter stands in front of the elastic and the middle stands behind the elastic. After both players make their block jump, they transition toward a set-hit. The setter sets a toss from a coach, and the middle takes an approach, making sure she sees the ball well and stays behind the elastic when she jumps and hits.
To be in sync with Pocatello’s quick offense, middles do a half load rather than a full load with their arms on the attack jump. This makes for a faster transition on passes that are low and fast.
This drill has a number of progressions, which Werner explains in the video.
The net elastic seen in this video can be purchased here.