This Controversial Passing Technique Just Works
This volleyball techniques section introduces one serve receive
technique which divides
Whether you like this technique or not, we hope you
realize there is not one standard way to play
For example a serve receive can be performed with several
different techniques. Here you'll meet one very efficient technique, which may sound quite odd first.
could be several reasonable volleyball techniques - not just one truth
It is good to keep in mind that there are several different setting,
passing, hitting, serving and defense techniques.
Some coaches may
prefer other techniques over the others - but they all could be
reasonable ways to play volleyball.
In this section we’ll bring up facts how to practice this one
specific technique, three point serve receive or "knee on the ground
If you want to read more about why practicing this
and other “odd techniques” could be a good idea, go to “Volleyball
Strategies” section and read the article “Volleyball
Strategies for Skills Training - How to Improve Skills”.
“knee on the ground” serve receive
As we mentioned on “how to play volleyball” section this topic “knee on
the ground” serve receive is a very controversial technique and
volleyball people have different strong opinions about.
It is amazing how this
technique goes much unnoticed, even though many
top level international volleyball players are using it.
Years ago when
I first heard about three point serve receive technique, I did not
believe it is that important. After starting to pay attention
to it and seeing the
proof from the video tapes how often it occurs, I had to start changing
my opinion about it. This technique is very commonly used passing
What do we mean by “knee on the ground”?
receives a low ball near floor level by placing the other knee
on the ground.
The knee on the ground helps player to get
often called three point serve receive
(two feet and knee on the ground equals three)
Techniques - How to practice “knee on the ground” serve receive?
Practicing these volleyball techniques require high
skills from the person who serves or tosses the ball to the passer.
If serves/tosses are not accurate enough when placing the ball, the
drill doesn’t serve its purpose.
Often for junior volleyball
these tosses or serves are simply too difficult to perform. It is
important to use a person with good ball control as the ball feeder.
- The server or ball feeder needs to target the
balls low in front of the
passer. It allows the passer to take a low position, put the
other knee on the ground and set up a stable position to pass the ball
up to the target.
- These techniques should be practiced on
from the net, not on short serves only. Very often top spin jump serve
will drop quickly and the player is forced to perform this low serve
- When practicing these volleyball techniques
not many servers who are able to put the accurate ball by serving over
Therefore it is preferable for the server/tosser to step on
the box somewhere in the middle of the court and serve/toss the over
the net from there.
- Excellent help on this type of drill would be
an automatic ball
feeder which sends an accurate ball.
- Again to make everything run
smoothly and efficiently, remember to have a target to return the ball
to the feeder. Having “two balls on rotation” between the tosser,
passer and the target helps to keep up the tempo.
A quote to remember
Volleyball Serve - How to Serve?
europepmc.org - Biomechanics in volleyball serve