Volleyball Serve - Tips for the Beginners
Discover volleyball serve tips.
The page introduces basic ideas how to become a more
Serve - Purpose
The server's goal is to put distract the opponent's
attack and increase your own team's chances
to win a rally.
The purpose of the volleyball serve is to distract the opponent's offense.
The server's goal is to make a tactical serve which increases chances for your defense to stop the opponent's offense .
A player distracts the offense by serving the ball over the net
to specific location on the court using underhand serve, top-spin
serve, float serve, jump float or jump serve.
It is usually not the main goal because it may lead to many serving error's, but the server could also try to make an "ace" - to make a straight
point with the serve.
Serve - Rules
servers should release the ball into the
air before hitting the ball; it is illegal to hit the ball without
releasing it from the holding hand first.
(In many leagues referees do not call this off - therefore players often end up hitting the ball with out releasing it.)
player has to perform the serve behind the backline. This means a player can not
step on the line.
- When a
player serves, the feet must have last touched the ground inside the
sidelines, and not on the endline.
A player can't step on the
backline when serving, but can step on the backline after the serve.
location of the ball on the serving moment does not matter, so
hypothetically a player can hit the ball outside the sidelines.
- Since the
changed, let serve (ball hitting the tape, the top of the net and
landing to the opponent's side inside the lines) has been legal.
Volleyball serving quote
Serve - Basic Tactics for Serving
Importance of a
serve has grown since volleyball started to use a rally scoring.
are much tighter nowadays, teams are often separated by just couple of
points. Now your serve really matters because that's a major weapon to
give your opponent hard time and prevent them scoring a point on their
Especially in the international high level
volleyball serving with risk has led to growing number of errors in a
game. There you have to take risk and serve hard, otherwise your
opponent will score a point against you.
A Story from a Smart Coach
Once the coach told us juniors a good story:
"When playing against the best team in
the world, you might have a chance to score some points, if you serve
very aggressive and let yourself miss some serves."
He continued: "However,
if you play against an easier team, there is no reason for the
aggressive serves and mistakes. You will score points with a moderate
serve; there is no need to be extra aggressive."
Volleyball Serving - Where to Place the Serve?
When serving in the match you should first evaluate what serving
strategy gives the best chances to score points and win the game - then
proceed with it.
Today, especially with the beginning players, the coach may guide the server to place the serve. In many teams the coach shows a finger sign where to serve the ball.
Some coaches are opposing this strategy and do not like to show the signs because they want the player to think and make a decision by themselves. However, it's a very common way since usually the coaches notice what is the best chance for you team to score a point in each rotation.
Tips for Volleyball Serve
- The purpose of the volleyball serve is to give hard time to
the opposite team's offense.
- Remember what serving strategy will give the
best chances to score
points and win the game.
- When the opponent's offense is strong, it is
reasonable to take more risk
It is a fact that a more difficult serve will most likely
increase the amount of serving errors. Those errors just need to be
More difficult serves will most likely increase
the number of inaccurate passes. When you break down opponent's serve receive, you'll make a big
damage on their offense.
about the toss. An accurate and predicted toss reduces the misshits.
your eyes on
the ball at the moment you hit it.
About the Power of Repetition
When practicing the specific serve, keep the
toss and your arm swing the
same every time. Just focus on repeating the same exact serve, one after another.
A detailed repetition helps
to become more accurate in that particular serve.
Your serving repertoire should always be the same. Then in the match, you just repeat the same exact steps as you have practiced.
A repetition helps you to put the serve into
your unconscious mind. When you are able to see yourself doing the perfect serve on your mind, you'll become a much more accurate and powerful server.
Be a smart server
Learn more than one serving style to give hard time for passers.
Learn serving tactics. Learn how to serve to give the best opportunity for your team to score a point.
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