Volleyball Serve Techniques For The Float Serve

Learn how to serve a volleyball overhand

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

their team.

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. 

Serving will get you on the court

Many of the requests for learning how to serve have to do with the

overhand volleyball serve.

One of the most traditional overhand serves and one of the most difficult

for players to pass is the floater serve.

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.

Volleyball Serve Techniques
#38 Face Your Target 

When you are preparing to serve the floater, you want to show

everybody in the gym where you intend to serve the ball. 

How To Fix Your Wimpy Volleyball Serves

Pointing your body in one direction and then serving to another area on

the court rarely “fakes out” the players in serve receive. 

You will always be off-balance, and this will increase your chances

of serving out or into the net.

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

serving action.

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.

Then serve the ball aggressively, straight ahead to your target.

Be the server who serves the ball to score a point, not the one who

serves the ball just to start the game.

Volleyball Serve Technique
#53 When Serving, A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

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. 

Believe it or not, this is a great way of conducting your serving

practice when you are outside or away from the gym.


Volleyball Serve Tip
#44: It's All In The Toss

It's critical when you proceed through all of the serving steps,

that you toss the ball the same way every time you serve. 

Create a ritual that you will perform each time you serve so you

don't rush your 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.

Volleyball Serve Tip
#47 Serve Like You Spike

Before you serve, you can follow two strategies either going for a

point or just placing the ball strategically so that your team that's

on defense will do the rest.

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


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