photo by Luomen
A serve in volleyball is an offensive weapon and the first chance for a
player to score a point.
When used intelligently it can help you and your team score easy
points from the baseline.
The list of terms below describe various types and forms of volleyball
I suggest learning these to increase your volleyball IQ.
The let serve was created because of a rule change made by the
powers that be (FIVB) to increase the speed of the game, to make it
more appealing to television audiences and spectators by reducing the
pauses that occur between plays.
But with the new rule, if the ball touches the net, the referee is
allowed to "let" the play continue so the players on serve receive must
be ready to continue to play the ball.
photo by Luomen
indoor and beach leagues and competition, the overhand serve is the
most popular form used to start the rally when serving.
topspin serve and the jump serve. All these types of serves require the
player to make contact with the ball over their head.
If you hear someone call this an "overhand" serve or an "overhead"
serve, they are referring to the same type of volleyball serve.
According to the rules of volleyball a service error is committed when a
player fails to start a rally by getting the ball over the net with their
a) lands outside of the other team's court,
b) if the ball doesn't cross the net or
c) if the server steps on the service line and commits a foot fault.
Beach volleyball players use this style of a serve in volleyball to take
advantage of the wind and the sky.
By serving the ball more than 20-30 feet into the air, they force the
opposing passers to take their eyes off of the court in order to visually
track the ball.
Because of the brightly lit sky and the wind currents, it makes it difficult
for passers to pass the light colored ball since it can get lost against
the light colored background of the sky or get moved around alot in the
The underhand serve describes one of the first basic skills in
A player begins the rally by tossing a ball with one hand two feet up in
the air, steps towards it, and swings her other arm back behind her
before quickly swinging it forward to contact the ball with a closed fist
or closed palm to serve it over the net.