Begin serving for points using Coach April's 10 float serve volleyball tips.
The floater serve in volleyball, whether standing or jumping is one of the
best serves to use to score points from the service line.
There are 2-3 popular types of serves that players use to try and score
just drop straight down making ti difficult for a passer to pass it to their
In my playing career, I've used all types of serves to score points from the
service line both in indoor competition and on the beach.
My favorite, by far is the standing float serve.
Once I learned and practiced tossing the ball consistently and how and
where to contact the ball in the sweet spot, this serve became my go-to
ace scoring fave.
As a coach I think its one of the best types of serves in volleyball a young
player learns. I love teaching it, although the way I do it may be a little
I just taught a serving clinic this week where 11 - 13 year olds who knew
the basic skills but wanted to improve their float serve came to practice
By teaching them the following float serve volleyball drills and tips within
45 minutes they were consistently bombing float serves over the net both
cross court and down the line.
Beginner players just serve the ball over the net, hoping that it gets in.
But you aren't a beginner player.
You are a player with some decent skills who's been playing for a little
while and you're looking to get better so you can make a varsity
team or an elite club.
The key is to have a game plan in your head.
Once you know where you want to serve, here's what you do next.
Left Hip and Left Tossing Arm
turn and point your hip and your tossing arm, straight at your serving
Right Handed Serving Arm
The key is to keep your elbow high, above the level of your ear,
throughout the entire movement of bringing your arm forward to the
Keep your elbow above the level of your ear!
Feet and legs are in a comfortable balanced position shoulder width
The key is to make sure your body isn't tilted or leaning to one side.
When you make your turn to contact the ball there's no need
to add additional steps, or bounces, dips or wind ups.
Your feet should stay in their starting position and only move slightly
during the turn to shift your body weight from your back foot to your front
foot with just a tiny step in place, taken in the direction of your target.
The key is to keep your toss so consistent, that if you toss the ball ten times
in a row and let it fall to the ground, it goes up the same height and
comes down in the same spot every single time.
during your serving swing motion. You have time to
get the open palmed hand to the ball without dropping the elbow,
or bending your wrist, or adding funky shoulder movement that doesn't
help you serve.
Contact the Ball - Hip Swivel and High Five Hand Turn at the Same Time
The key is to swivel the hip and bring the hand forward at the same time
to meet the ball. Many players have problems when they swivel the hip
first and forget to bring the hand forward at the same time, or they drop
their elbow when they swivel the hip.
Hip comes forward at the same time the hand does, while keeping the
elbow above the level of the ear.
Contact the Ball - High Five the Ball
The key is to keep a very wide fingered, flat palmed hand and make
contact with the ball with the middle of your hand, without bending your
wrist. Do exactly what you'd do if you were 'high fiving' a teammate.
Reach "high five" high and keep your hand "high five" flat.
The ball will float and dip and be very difficult for a passer to track and
pass the ball because of your ability to contact the ball with no follow
through, no spin and with a flat palmed wide fingered "high five"
Contact the Ball - Watch the Ball
When you watch your hand you can make the tiny adjustments to insure
your flat hand contacts the middle of the ball, especially if your toss is a
little off track.
Serving Routine - Hip, Tossing Arm Shoulder, Elbow
The key is to slow your mind and body down while you walk back to
serve and think about what you are going to do.
You have plenty of time to decide who you're going to serve and then
get set up to do so.
Once behind the line take a look at the opposing team's serve receive
pattern and look for the player or the area of the court you want to serve
to. If you need to get a few bounces of the ball out of the way while
doing this then go ahead.
Once you know where you are going to serve, think Hip. Point your Hip so
its pointing exactly where you want the ball to go.
Then do the same with the shoulder of the tossing arm, placing the ball in
the hand of this arm.
Now raise the serving arm at a 90 degree angle in the air with your elbow
above the level of your ear. Take a quick look at the elbow to be sure, its
above the ear.
Contact the Ball
Once the whistle blows take a deep breath and shrug your shoulders.
Then toss the ball so its in front of your right serving arm, swivel hips and
Watch your hand contact the middle of the ball while you "high five" the
The key before starting your toss is to BREATHE!
Remember to take a deep breath before you toss the ball. Inhale deeply
and then slowly let the air out while shrugging your shoulders.
This releases tension and forces your brain and body to relax enough for
you to settle down and concentrate on your next move.
Now, you should be ready to score aces with these floater serve
Headline Caption Photo
Jump Serving in Volleyball Sequence
Photo by C E Andersen