Here's a step by step float serve tutorial on how to get the ball to your intended target on the opposing team's court.
As a right handed server,
Your body will be parallel to the service line.
Whether you're serving to a court zone or directly to an opposing player...face your target. Let the player know...you're coming right at them with your serve.
The key is to know where you are going to serve before you serve, then turn and point your toe and your tossing arm, straight at your serving target.
Right Handed Serving Arm
Many servers have problems serving over the net because they drop their elbow during their serving swing in an attempt to shot put the ball over the net
Keep your elbow above the level of your ear!
Feet and Leg Positioning
Feet and legs are in a comfortable balanced position, shoulder width apart with the weight of your body on your back leg.
Your front toe should point to the target or location you're about to serve.
The key is to make sure your body isn't tilted or leaning to one side.
When you turn your hips and shoulder to contact the ball there's no need to add additional steps, or bounces, dips or wind ups.
Your feet should stay in their starting position and only move slightly during the quarter turn to shift your body weight from your back foot to your front foot with just a tiny step in place, taken in the direction of your target.
The key is to keep your toss so consistent, that if you toss the ball ten times in a row and let it fall to the ground, it goes up the same height and comes down in the same spot every single time.
2-3 feet in the air gives your serving arm, time to keep your elbow high during your serving swing motion.
Contact the Ball - Hip Swivel and High Five Hand Turn at the Same Time
The key is to swivel the hip and and shoulder together bringing the serving hand forward at the same time to contact the middle panels of the ball.
Many players have problems when they swivel the hip first and forget to bring the hand forward at the same time, or they drop their elbow when they swivel the hip.
Hip comes forward at the same time the shoulder does which also brings the hand forward, while keeping the elbow above the level of the ear.
Contact the Ball - High Five the Ball
The key is to keep a very wide fingered, flat palmed hand and make contact with the ball with the middle of your hand, without bending your wrist.
Do exactly what you'd do if you were 'high fiving' a teammate.
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How to serve a volleyball, the float serve. . . Watch Married Brazilian Olympic #voleibol players @jaque1212 and @murilovolei8 jump float serve...elbow high throughout the approach - kept above the level of the ear...then high five the ball with the middle of your hand contacting the middle of the ball...
Reach "high five" high and keep your hand "high five" flat.
The ball will float and dip and be very difficult for a passer to track and pass the ball because of your ability to contact the ball with no follow through, no spin and with a flat palmed, wide fingered "high five" contact.
Contact the Ball - Watch the Ball
In the picture above of married Brazilian Olympic gold medalists Jaqueline Carvalho and Endres Murilo they both have their eyes on the ball as they hit, watching where their hand is contacting the ball during their float serve contact technique.
Now, you should be ready to score aces now that your know how to serve a floater!
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I share alot of individual, partner and easy-to-do volleyball serving drills we do in class with my followers.
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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