Important Volleyball Terms Used in Serving

Learn Quickly Important Terminology For The
Overhand Volleyball Serve

Learn the essential volleyball terms used in serving drills and 


This terminology is especially useful for players like yourself who 

want to learn about different kinds of techniques available to use from 

behind the service line.

Volleyball Terms Used For Serving: What is the Topspin Serve?   

During a jump serve, a server uses topspin by making contact

with the upper third portion of the ball, on the top panels, after it's tossed.

Placing the hand on the ball in such a way that it generates forward

rotation once contacted, making the ball spin forward faster,

increasing its velocity, so it drops out of the air quickly once it crosses the


On the beach court which is smaller in size, the topspin serve

is quite effective since players have much less time to react to the


What's a Coach Kill?

A coach kill is one of the serving terms used when a player on team

serves the ball into the net or commits a service error of any kind after

the coach on team B called a time-out or substitution.

Since the coach called the substitution or the timeout to distract the

opposing team's server and to break her concentration, if the coach's

strategy works then the "kill" or that point is attributed to the coach's

action and not due to any particular player or team action.


What is Friendly Fire?

Friendly fire is one of those funny volleyball terms which describes

what happens when a ball served by one player hits their own

teammate, usually in the back of the head, with the ball.


What is the Husband and Wife Play?

When a server on one team aims the ball so it lands between two

players on the opposing team it causes communication problems

between the two passers.

This is a serving strategy used by beach players who

purposefully serve the ball so it lands between the left side and right

side players on the opposing team, causing the two players to "fight'

over who is going to receive serve.

Husbands and wives "fight" over things so this is why this has become

one of the volleyball terms used in serving


What's a Missile?

A "missile" is a term that describes the type of super hard driven serve

made by a player.

If a server serves a missile it quite often results in a direct point, since the

passers aren't able to pass this type of ball.

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