The Overhand Volleyball Serve On The Beach

Strategies On How To Serve A Volleyball On The Beach

Foggy Serve

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With your overhand volleyball serve on the beach, aiming the ball short

is another effective way of attacking from the service line, especially

when playing against taller volleyball players.

In previous articles, I compared the spike approach a tall female

volleyball player needs to take, to the runway an airplane needs to

have in order to get liftoff.

To gain momentum and gather speed, an airplane needs to travel

down a long runway in order to get into the air.

The same is true for tall female volleyball players, who usually need

enough space to travel down their spike approach "runway" in order to

gather the strength and momentum needed to get them in the air to

spike the ball hard.

They usually like to position themselves behind or around the ten foot

line to begin their strong approach, which allows them not only to hit

hard but enables them to see where the open spaces are on the

volleyball court to hit to.

Now, she has to pass, then back up (which we know running backwards

in the sand is awkward and slows you down) get stopped, take a peak

at the court and make her shortened abbreviated approach.

Most tall female volleyball players will then hit a softer ball, a weaker

ball, or a down ball to keep the ball in play.

Or they will place a shot somewhere in the court, which is easier for

your team to defend or pick up.

Regardless of your choice of serve, whether you choose

to underhand serve, or overhand volleyball serve with a floater, float

jump, jump or use the sky ball---the main key to scoring direct points in

beach volleyball is to serve the volleyball where there are open spaces

on the court.

Don't allow yourself to be so drawn to or hypnotized by the two bodies

standing on the other side that you serve an easy serve right at them.

Serve Stance

photo by diglips


Hey do this despite the fact that there's so much more open space to

serve to with only two players on one side.

For your overhand volleyball serve drills in practice, you can set up

targets, using your ball bag, your beach towel, your flip flops and even

smaller objects like your bottle of sun block and place these in positions

and spots around the beach volleyball court where players usually don't

stand in serve receive and where you know that they would have to

move out of their comfort zone to pass these balls.

To improve your overhand volleyball serve in the sand, challenge

yourself to serve a bag of balls at the beginning and end of practice,

where at least ten balls have to hit each target before you can move

onto serving at the next one.

Yes it may take some time at the beginning to finish this serving drill but

when you practice it regularly, it will become second nature for you to

put the opposing team in serve receive difficulty because you'll easily

serve to all these open areas on the court.

Important Volleyball Serve Zones

Speaking of serving the ball to specific areas of the court, professional

players have learned the importance of directing the ball from the

service line to certain volleyball serve zones.

The serve in volleyball is the only time a player has total and complete

control of the game.

It's in that moment that they can make a real difference for their team

by scoring a direct point with the volleyball by "attacking with their


By 'attacking' I mean to serve the ball aggressively to certain volleyball

zones your goal is to keep the opposing team off balance and to make

them guess about what you are going to do next.

Most importantly the server forces one of the opposing beach

volleyball team's players to pass or serve receive outside of their

comfort zone which is usually their starting serve receive position in

the middle of the court.

Your goal as a server is to use your overhand volleyball serve to

force the opposing team's players to have to move from their

comfortable passing positions to pass your difficult serve.

If you serve an easy loopy ball over the net you are not making their job

to pass the ball difficult at all.

There are various ways to attack the other team with your serve.

One effective way is to aim your overhand volleyball serve deep

to specific zones like the corners of the opposite court.

By serving the ball to the deep corners of the opposing team's court,

the player closest to the ball is forced to turn her body and shoulders

from the net to 'go chase" the ball which puts her in the vulnerable

position of being further away from the net making it harder for her to

pass the ball where she wants to.

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photo by Luomen


Now she has to pass the ball where you want her to which is further

off the net. This increases the chances of her getting an imperfect set

from her partner.

The player is forced to pass the volleyball from a longer distance

from the net, to her teammate who now has to make adjustments while

setting the ball.

So not only is the player passing the volleyball from further away

from the net, but she and her partner need to cover more space in

order to get back into the "perfect" position to start their spike


You want to play chess when you go back to serve a ball. On a chess

board the moves that you make are strategic so that you are

constantly asking yourself how can I force my opponent to move into an

area which will make it easier for me to block him, jump him, defend

against him or score against him.

Essentially, you want to point your overhand volleyball serve to specific

zones on the court which forces your opponent into a weaker position

on the court.

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line and no

where is this more evident than when a player stands behind the middle

of their baseline and serves the ball overhand straight down the middle

of the court to one of the most vulnerable of volleyball serving

zones---the deep middle of the opposing baseline.

With a ball that's coming hard and fast between two beach volleyball

players, the teammates have to communicate quickly to decide who is

going to move to pass that deep ball and who is going to set. 

When directing an overhand volleyball serve to this zone on the court

its called the "husband and wife' serve because the two players end up

fighting over the ball which often falls as an ace serve between the two

of them.

Be sure to check out more articles about the overhand volleyball

serve and other beach skills in the pages below.

Sand Volleyball Improves Your Indoor Game

The Pass In Volleyball On The Sand

How To Pass The Volleyball On The Sand

Sand Volleyball Rules For Passing A Ball

Rules of Sand Volleyball Passing

The Beach Volleyball Set

Sand Volleyball Tips For Setting A Ball

Return To Beach Volleyball Girls Who Play From The Overhand Volleyball

Serve On The Beach

Return To Inspiring Female Volleyball Players From The Overhand

Volleyball Serve On The Beach

How To Fix Your Wimpy Volleyball Serves

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