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.
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
is quite effective since players have much less time to react to the
A coach kill is one of the serving terms used when a player on team
A 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.
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.
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.
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
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.