Here are my 10 steps for a powerful float serve in volleyball.
As you go back to the service line, if you don't have a coach who is
telling you where to serve, then you want to have in your mind where
Remember! When you serve in volleyball, the easier you make it for the
opposing team to make a perfect pass right to their setter, the easier it
is for them to set their hitters from her ideal setter zone without moving.
This gives the hitters the best chance to hit a hard spike against your
team...which then makes it hard for your teammates to play defense
Why make it easy for them to score a point against you?
While you are serving in volleyball you always want to think
ball to put the other team in difficulty?
If you are in position to serve this is your very first chance to score a point,
all by yourself, for your team!
That should be a big deal and its something you should take advantage
Its the main reason why every player in volleyball should learn how to
So why don't many players take advantage of this opportunity?
The unfortunate truth is that many players choose to lob serve in
Players usually opt to do that because it's safe.
Of course, the serve can be risky at times, but that's
Are you a tough server or do you choose to be known for easy lob
drills to reduce that risk.
As a server, your job is to become comfortable serving anywhere and
single one of the six positions on the court. You want to be able to hit
those targets from anywhere behind the service line.
You also want to be able serve the seams, which means serve the areas
of the court between where the primary passers are positioned when
they are receiving serve.
Why? Because both primary passers are usually passing closest to the
By serving them deep in the line corner these passers who are also
hitters have to work harder to get up in their normal position just outside
of the ten foot line to make an attack.
The idea is to make passers move out of their comfort zone so its difficult
for them to make a perfect pass to their setter.
You are trying to force the opposing team out of system, so they are
forced to send over an easy ball to your defense or they make an error.
And that's what the serve in volleyball is about.
It's about, setting up the other team to do what you want them to do so
your team can react and score points.
That process starts with your serve.
I love talking about the serve in volleyball.
I think it's because so many players and coaches don't think this skill is
important, and that's despite the fact that it's your first opportunity to
score a point.
Let me repeat that.
That's a big opportunity that you should plan to take advantage of
every time you go back to the service line.
When you are the one serving it is your turn to shine.
That means it's your turn to create a winning situation for your team.
You have a chance to do it all by yourself.
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