Frequently Asked Questions About The Float Serve Volleyball Technique

I answer ten of the most frequently asked questions that I get about standing and jump float serve volleyball skill, technique and strategy used to score aces


Décomposition d’un service au volley-ball

Q: What is a float serve in volleyball?


A: The float serve volleyball skill is a type of overhand volleyball serve performed by contacting the ball with a flat hand in the middle panels of the ball.



By facing the server while doing this it produces a fast paced ball that as it crosses the court and goes to the opposing side does not spin but it floats, dips and moves unpredictably in the air.

This makes it difficult for the receiving team to read and anticipate where its going to land in their court.


What is the ideal body positioning for a jump float serve?


Remember, staying balanced in the air and when you land is the key.

Start by positioning your feet shoulder-width apart with the foot of your non-dominant leg slightly forward and your bodyweight on your back foot.



Be ready to start your serve with a slow step that gets your body moving with forward momentum, before you toss and spring into the air after taking the last two steps of your approach.

Work to stay behind the ball while in the air so you can keep an eye on the ball and still have a sense of where your target is in the opposing court during your arm swing.

While in the air,  keep your body tall and balanced while bringing your serving hand with a flat wrist to contact the middle of the ball with the middle of the palm of your hand.


Décomposition d’un service au volley-ball

Remember once you contact the ball your hips and shoulders should be facing the direction of your target, where you want the ball to go upon your landing.

One huge key to having successful float serve volleyball technique is to....make sure you watch your hand when when it contacts the ball.

That way you can make minor last minute changes if your toss is off while you're still in midair.


What are some float serve volleyball tactics you should know about when it comes to aiming the serve to specific areas of the opponent's court?


Start by watching your opponents during warm-ups.

Spot any weak passers? Perfect, aim for them!

Do they have a left-handed player who passes in serve receive?

Then serve to their right side.

See a gap also known as a "seam" between players or near the corners of the court?

Even better. Aim your serve there. 

Remember, with practice and lots of serving reps you can make yourself into a point scoring machine from the service line!

Keep practicing and you'll begin to score more aces with your aggressive jump float serve.



How can identifying weak passers on the opposing team help you and your serving team score points?


Weak passers or players who have just made mistakes are often low in confidence, more likely to commit errors, which makes them easier targets to exploit and go after with your serve.


Can these float serve volleyball strategies be used at high school and college playing levels?


Yes, these playing and "next level' float serve volleyball strategies are used at all levels of play, from beginner to professional.

The key in learning how to serve a floater at the next level is learning how to better "read the game" to improve your skill level at identify the opposing team's weaknesses and then using that knowledge to your advantage.

That's how you make varsity and that's how you get more playing time.

What are the common mistakes to avoid when performing your float serve volleyball skills?


Avoid overthinking it - nerves can get the best of you!

Don't rush your approach and jump, you have 6 to 8 seconds to prepare your serve so no need to rush take your time.



Oh, and contacting the ball too high can send the ball out of bounds to the back wall or contacting the ball too low will serve it into the net.

Aim for a clean, flat hand contact in the center of the ball to get that perfect float effect which makes the ball dip and move with pace on the way over to the opposing court making it a hard ball for receivers to pass. 

How can a player improve their vertical jump height for a more powerful serve?


Ah, the million-dollar question which I get at least several times a week from guy and girl high school players .

The secret is in strengthening your legs.

As a high school player who began to lift weights first with bodyweight and then in the weightroom I knew this had to be my focus in order to gaining an edge in order to run and play faster and jump higher.

And nothing has changed.

Power exercises like squats, box jumps, or even simply jumping rope can all increase your jump height.

Ask me or email me about the ATG Volleyball Conditioning program that's perfect for high school players looking for leg strengthening programs.  


When you jump higher in the air you give yourself the opportunity to aim for and hit or serve at sharper angles in the court. And sharper angles are harder for opposing passers and liberos to get to ..

Jumping higher gives you more time to create a more powerful swing for your serve and we know a more powerful swing increases your chances to score points and aces for your team.


How does the high school or college volleyball player's physical fitness and strength play into the power of the float serve volleyball skill?


Everything, period!

You know what they say, "Your serve is only as strong as you are".

Strength-training and bodyweight training exercises, especially for the core and lower body, can boost your overall serve power.


How can a player mentally prepare for delivering a powerful serve?


Developing a strong mindset for yourself is a game-changer. mentally and emotionally strong players can beat out physically strong players in many circumstances.


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Take a moment before each serve to visualize doing it properly. Take deep breathes to slow your heart rate down as you walk back to the service line while in your mind's eye you see the serve happening, see it being successful, and then go make it happen!

You got this!

How important is the role of the coach in determining float serve volleyball strategies?


The coach often plays a role in setting serving strategies by telling server's where to serve based on their understanding of the opposing team's weaknesses.

Often coaches will scout the team you are scheduled to play before your match so they can identify who the weak passers are and where the vulnerable areas are for that particular team before you step on the court to play.

But if the coach doesnt "call the serve", its up to the individual player to identify weak targets.


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Here are some reminders to tell yourself before serving in volleyball.

"I want a specific passer to mess up or shank the ball or if I can't force them to do that then at the very least I want my serve to force the opposing team to give our team an easy ball that we can defend or pass and run an attack against them.”


"I want to serve a ball that puts them in a difficult situation where I force one of the passers to have to move out of their comfortable passing position to pass my tough or well-placed serve."


”I don’t want to serve the opposing team a ball that’s easy for them to receive and run an attack off of."


”I don’t want to serve the opposing team a ball that’s easy for them to receive and run an attack off of."


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Many of these volleyball practice drills you can do at home by yourself or try at your next practice with your teammates.

If you're a B team or JV player trying to make varsity next year...your goal should be to complete 1000 reps a day of at least three of the basic skills on your own...volleyball passing, serving and setting should be at the top of the list. 


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