Volleyball serve techniques for the float serve.
I get many requests for serving tips from players here in Las
Vegas and from readers asking how to serve overhand for points.
Because the serve is the one skill a player can use all by
themselves without the help of their teammates to score direct points for
The volleyball serve starts the rally in a game and its the first opportunity
to score a point so basically, if you can't serve why should you play back
As a coach I can tell you that having a tough serve can increase your
playing time, BIG TIME!
If you go behind the service line and can serve 2-3 aces a set, YOU will be
in every game for sure!
Learning the proper volleyball serve techniques should be a priority for
you regardless of your position, your height or your skill level.
Many of the requests for learning how to serve have to do with the
One of the most traditional overhand serves and one of the most difficult
You will find a lot of rules, tips and advice on how
to float serve in my e-book "86 Girls Indoor Volleyball Tips: How To Gain
Confidence on the Volleyball Court."
Control your serve and you can control the game, it's that simple.
Pointing your body in one direction and then serving to another area on
the court rarely “fakes out” the players in serve receive.
Be sure that your lower body---hips and waist along
with your upper body---chest, shoulders and arms are all facing the
your intended target once you've started and once you've finished your
Let that passer know that you are serving her.
Trust me, let that passer think about what kinds of trouble your serve is
about to cause her.
Be the server who serves the ball to score a point, not the one who
serves the ball just to start the game.
Use the power of visualization as an effective mental tool before you
Visualize yourself serving a tough volleyball serve that lands in the
court, right to the specific position you are aiming for.
See yourself going through the motions of your serving technique
when you are off the court, so that when you are on the court, every
serving motion comes naturally.
It's critical when you proceed through all of the serving steps,
that you toss the ball the same way every time you serve.
That ritual could be bouncing the ball three times in a row, then taking
a breath, followed by pointing your hip and tossing arm in the direction
you want to serve before serving.
Whatever your ritual is, work it out so you do the same thing every
This helps you settle your brain down and increase your focus and
concentration especially if you have to serve after a long rally.
If you decide mentally that you are going to begin the play by attacking
with your serve, then develop the ability to maintain the same mentality
with your deep serves that you have with your spike.
Get aggro! Be aggressive.
Many players mistakenly think that every serve of the ball should be
just to start the rally.
An easy lob, high over the net just to get the ball over, to let the other
team start the play.
In reality, the serve should first be used to score a point for your own
Many players don't take advantage of this point scoring opportunity.
For more volleyball serve techniques be sure to get my e-booklet:
"86 Girls Indoor Volleyball Tips; How To Gain Confidence On The Volleyball
Get your copy now!
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