There were a couple of comments about when and how it is appropriate to use the rules. As I wrote originally, I have had very good experience with it. I think it works at several levels.
– It sets high standards, and those standards are very clear.
– The feedback is unequivocal and automatic, for both the setter and the receivers. If the setter cannot jump set, the receivers also receive feedback. The coach doesn’t have to say anything. The drill gives the feedback.
– It teaches the principles of role differentiation. It teaches not only when a player must play the ball, but also when a player must not play the ball. Getting out of the way of the ball is equally as important as going to the ball and important form of communication.
– It achieves its goals very fast, with the fewest possible interventions from the coach.
Martin commented that rigid rules could restrict the development of decision making. I think that is a very valid point. There is definitely a point where rigid rules are no longer useful and actually hinder the development of a team. But I would still be more than happy to recommend the Setter’s Rules as an excellent teaching tool at the appropriate level.