How To Serve In Volleyball For Points

Learn more about the volleyball serve


After learning how to serve in volleyball the next goal is to learn how to

use your serve to score a point or how to put the opposing team in

difficulty so they can't run their offense to score a point. 


Your goal should be to try and score a direct point from behind your

service line.


If you can't do that then you should try and make it difficult for the

opposing team to set up their offense by making an easy first contact of

the ball.


The ability to score a point with your serve is called an "ace"

Scroll down to read more about what an ace serve is. 


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  • What's an "ace" serve?
  • What are the basic rules dictating how a point can be scored from the service line? 



If you score the coveted "ace" that means that at the beginning of a

rally, you used the serve in such a way that the ball once it entered the

other team's court, gave an opposing team member's so much difficulty

in making a first contact, they mishandled the ball which resulted in a

direct point for her team. 


In simple terms, the opposing team was unable to pass the ball, either it

hit the floor directly or a player mishandled the ball in such a way that a

second contact couldn't be made. 


If the ball doesn't come back to your side or if it hit the floor on the

opposing team's court without any player touching it, then you scored

an ace, which is a direct point for your team.


This is the easiest way an individual player can score a point by

themselves.


By learning how to serve in volleyball, in a way that's so hard to pass

the other team is unable to run their offense nor get the ball back over to

continue the rally. 


Many teams rely on developing strong servers in order to score points

from the service line. 


How To Serve in Volleyball For Points: The Let Serve


What's a "let" serve?


Originally the old rules were that when a server served the ball which

nicked or touched the top of the net, this would be considered a fault

and would be enough for the referee to blow their whistle and award the 

opposing team the sideout and the chance to serve. 


Basic volleyball rules have since been change and now state that if the

served ball on its way to an opposing team's court, touches the top of

the net and yet manages to fall into the opposing team's court that ball is

still live.




Play continues until that ball drops to the opposing team's  floor. 


How To Serve in Volleyball: Violations


Once the server has completed their serve, the serve must


All of the above will result in the referee blowing their whistle and

awarding the ball to the opposing team, giving them to a chance to

serve and possibly score a direct point. 




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