The importance of using the legs for setting
U.S. national team setter/outside hitter and former All American at Stanford Cassidy Lichtman explains here why it's important for setters of all levels to use their legs for power and rhythm when setting.
In this video, she demonstrates the footwork and the leg propulsion needed to deliver consistently strong outside sets.
Using the legs to set a pass-like toss
A good drill to practice setting balls coming from the angle that a passer would deliver them is to have a teammate or coach stand behind the 10-foot line and make loopy tosses to the setter.
Here, Cassidy demonstrates this drill while emphasizing proper use of the legs.
Leg weight transfer for more advanced setters
Using the legs in setting is a good way to ensure that the motion is consistent every time. In this video, Cassidy demonstrates how more advanced setters can maintain the same rhythm even when they have to come off the set to handle a less-than-perfect pass.
Using the legs for different setting tempos
It's important for beginning setters to get the ball high so their hitters have time to get to the ball. As setters get older and more advanced, their coaches usually ask them to set a lower, faster ball. In this video, Cassidy demonstrates the technique for high balls as well as for lower, faster sets.
Use of the legs in back setting
When back-setting, it's important for players at all levels to use their legs, as Cassidy explains here.
Less experienced setters should use their legs more to help them push the ball back. More advanced setters don't need quite as much thrust from their legs, but they still need them to transfer their weight toward Zone 4 so they keep the defense guessing as to where they're going to set.