Overhand Serve Volleyball Technique Tips To Help Volleyball Service

The overhand serve, underhand serve and jump serve are the 3 volleyball serve techniques players learn. Improve your volleyball serve skills with these 2 tips.


The overhand serve, underhand serve and the jump serve are the 3 overhand serve volleyball techniques players learn.

Here are two serving tips that improve the effectiveness of your overhand serve and will increase the possibility of you scoring more aces in volleyball games and matches. 

We practice these overhand serve volleyball techniques in Boot Camp classes and I want to share these serving tips to Vegas players who don't yet understand the importance of developing point-scoring volleyball serving skills. 

  • Keep your elbow high
  • Be consistent with your body movements and move the same way every single time when serving

Overhand Serve Volleyball Techniques
Keep Your Elbow High


One way to help you improve your volleyball serve and to learn correct volleyball serve techniques is to watch the best collegiate and pro players perform them correctly. 



In the above images , watch as the USC servers ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS keep their elbow up high above the level of their ear...

All through their overhand jump float serve routine, their serving arm is kept high above the level of their ear. with an open palmed hand that faces the opposite wall. 


All through their overhand jump float serve routine, their serving arm is kept high above the level of their ear. with an open palmed hand that faces the opposite wall. (Ralph Aversen)All through their overhand jump float serve routine, their serving arm is kept high above the level of their ear. with an open palmed hand that faces the opposite wall. (Ralph Aversen)

They do this so they can get their hand to the ball faster, after the ball has been tossed.


Overhand Serve Volleyball Techniques
Use The Same Consistent Body Movement Every Time You Serve


Watch this EXCELLENT video of professional players and Italian (featuring Francesca Piccinini one of the best outside hitters in the world) and Dutch national team players.  



They perform the same serve, the same way, every single time they go to serve. 

They become like a serving machine.  

Every movement makes sense and functions to get the ball aggressively over the net in a way that makes it difficult for the opposing team to receive serve.  

There are no

  • extra movements
  • no dips
  • no toe touches
  • no hop skips
  • no excessive bouncing
  • no roller coaster side tosses 

None of those extra body movements named above, help you get the ball over the net.

So there's no reason to add them to your overhand serve volleyball technique.


Overhand Serve Volleyball Techniques To Remember


Overhand Serve Volleyball Techniques
How do you serve in volleyball?


Notice in the video, each server has her 

a) serving arm elbow high above the level of her ear

  • its NOT on the ball
  • its not bringing the ball up with two hands
  • the elbow is kept high in the air in a VERY balanced movement....at a 45 degree angle

b) Serving arm palm facing outwards towards the opposite wall and not turned up to the ceiling

c) Body sets up facing the net and closes with a quarter turn to the ball - WHILE elbow is ALWAYS kept high during the turn


d) HIGH FIVE the ball - for the standing float serve- the middle of the hand contacts the middle of the ball

e) Server WATCHES her hand contact the ball...



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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. 


Overhand Serve Volleyball Techniques: Where Do you Go From Here?


Your three options are: 

  1. You can learn more about Serving by visiting the related links below.                            
  2. Follow the suggested reading on our Sitemap page Learning How To Play (Sitemap)
  3. Or visit the pages in the How to Play Volleyball section in the drop down menu at the top of the page to get started. 
  4. Before leaving this page Say "Hi" to Miss Tattoo the Tiger wearing the #9 jersey below.  Miss Tattoo is the starting defensive and serving specialist for the All Beast VolleyBragSwag All Star team.

Meet Tatoo the Tiger, Serving Specialist on VolleyBragSwag's All Beast Team


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