Learn How To Overhead Serve In Volleyball A Ball That's Hard To Pass

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Learn How To Overhead Serve In Volleyball A Ball That's Hard To Pass

Learn how to overhead serve in volleyball which is your first chance to score points so you need to serve the seams, serve the sidelines and serve hitters deep.


Let's talk about the overhead serve, a super important skill every player should have in their toolbox.

This serve is a game-changer that can make a huge impact on the court.




The overhead serve, also known as the overhand serve, involves hitting the ball with a strong swing using an extended arm.

It allows you to send the ball over the net into the opponents' court. With this serve, you have the power to control your placement and put the other team on the defensive.

The overhead serve is incredibly important to the game. It sets the tone for each rally and gives your team a chance to score points.

By serving with precision and power, you can disrupt the opponents' rhythm and force them into difficult situations.

But here's the deal: mastering the overhead serve takes practice and understanding the basics.

On this page, I'll break down the key elements you need to focus on, including

  • your grip
  • footwork
  • approach and
  • contact point

Whether you're just starting out in the game or looking to level up your skills, we're here to guide you.

So, let's get down to business and explore the world of overhead serves in volleyball.

By improving this technique, you'll become a player who can serve with confidence and make a significant impact on the court.


Benefits and Drawbacks of Using Overhead Serves in Volleyball


Players choose to use overhead serves in volleyball for several reasons, and it's important to understand the benefits and drawbacks of this serve to make informed decisions on the court. Let's explore them further.


Learn How To Overhead Serve In Volleyball
Benefits


1. Power and Potential for Aces:

The overhead serve allows players to generate alot of power behind their serves.

With a strong swing and proper technique, players can deliver serves that are difficult for the opposing team to handle, potentially resulting in aces.

This can put pressure on the receiving team and give a serving team a significant advantage.

2. Control and Placement:

Compared to other serving techniques, the overhead serve gives players more control and precision over where they want to place the ball.

By adjusting your stance, grip, and swing, you can target specific areas of the opponent's court, exploiting weaknesses in their serve receive and making it harder for them to set up an effective attack.

3. Disrupting Opponents

An accurately executed overhead serve in volleyball can disrupt the receiving team's passing rhythm.

By serving with speed, spin, and strategic placement, players can force opponents into difficult positions, making it challenging for them to execute a well-formed attack.

This can lead to errors or weak returns, allowing the serving team to gain an advantage in the rally.


Learn How To Overhead Serve In Volleyball
Drawbacks and Considerations


1. Skill Level and Consistency:

Mastering the overhead serve requires practice, proper technique, and consistency.

It can take time and effort to develop the necessary shoulder and arm strength, as well as the coordination required for a consistent and effective overhead serve.

Players need to be committed to honing this skill and ensure they can consistently deliver serves with accuracy and power.

2. Potential for Errors:

The overhead serve carries a higher risk of errors compared to other serve types.

The power and complexity involved can sometimes lead to missed serves, such as serving the ball into the net or out of bounds.

Players need to find the right balance between power and control to minimize errors and maintain a consistent serving performance.

3. Increased Defensive Responsibility:

Serving with power and precision can put the serving team at an advantage, but it also comes with added defensive responsibilities.

After serving, players must quickly transition to their defensive positions should the opposing team return the ball.

It requires agility and alertness to react quickly to the opposition's counter-attack.

4. Variation and Predictability:

Overhead serves, although powerful, can become predictable if players consistently use the same technique, placement, or spin.

Skilled opponents can anticipate and adjust their positioning to handle the serve effectively, reducing the serving team's advantage.

Players need to work on developing different variations and disguising their intentions to keep their opponents guessing.

The benefits of using overhead serves in volleyball include power, control, and the potential to disrupt an opponents serve receive and offensive systems.

However, players must consider the necessary skill development, potential for errors, defensive responsibilities, and the need for variation to maximize the effectiveness of their overhead serves.


How Can You Make A Tougher Overhead Serve in Volleyball?


Do you have a tough overhand serve that scores from the service line or do you choose to be known for easy lob serves?

Sending an easy, high lollipop, rainbow arc ball over the net twenty feet in the air, that takes forever to come down, which anybody's grandmother can pass and make into a play.

Players usually opt to do that because it's safe.

Of course, the serve can be risky at times, but that's what practice is for.



As a tough volleyball server, your job is to be comfortable serving anywhere and anyone from behind the service line with pace and precision in order to score points.

In serving volleyball drills you want to do tons of reps to every single one of the six positions on the court.

You want to  be able to hit those targets from anywhere behind the service line.  



Learn How To Overhead Serve in Volleyball That's Hard To Pass
 Serve To Aim For The Seams


As a tough volleyball server you want to be able to serve the seams.

The seams are the areas of the court between where the primary passers are positioned when they are receiving serve. 


Toni with the float serve during Happy Hour Class Training

Serving between players causes passers to have to decide quickly who will take the responsibility of moving out of their base position to cover the empty area of the court. 


Learn How To Overhead Serve in Volleyball That's Hard To Pass
 Aim For The Sidelines


By serving the passers deep to the line corner these passers who are also hitters  have to work harder to get back up to their normal position just outside of the ten foot line to make an attack hit.  

The idea is to make passers move out of their comfort zone so its difficult for them to make a perfect pass to their setter. 

You are trying to force the opposing team out of system, so they are forced to send over an easy ball to your defense or they make an error. 

And that's what a tough volleyball server does.

The serving strategy is to set up the other team to do what you want them to do so your team can react and score points.

That process starts with your serve.

That's a big opportunity that you should plan to take advantage of every time you go back to the service line.

When you are the one serving it is your turn to shine.

That means it's your turn  to create a winning situation for your team.

You have a chance to do it all by yourself.


Learn How To Overhead Serve in Volleyball That's Hard To Pass
Face Your Target


Addi works on her jump float serve toss consistency while aiming for a deep line serve to Zone 5. 


Some players think that being a tough volleyball server means you need to really be sneaky and try and fake out the serve receive by not showing where you are going to serve.

On the contrary I say...let everybody know where you are going to serve.

Face Your Target.

I'm talking about the floater serve, here.

Place everything that you have, your feet, hips, shoulders, tossed ball in the direction of where you plan to serve.



Face that player or that space on the court and just let it Go!

If ALL your energy is going in one direction you can create more force than if different parts of your body are going in different directions.

If everything is all lined up in one direction and balanced then you can focus on one last element.


Learn How To Overhead Serve in Volleyball That's Hard To Pass 
Make A Tough Float Serve


Volleyball Serving Drills: Addi, Piper and  Hadley Working on their Jump Float Serve To Chairs for Accuracy and Points during semiprivate training with me 


After you toss the ball for your float serve

  • if you don't make solid contact right in the middle of the volleyball ball panels facing you 

then you probably won't get that tough floater serve you are looking for.

For a good floater serve, the middle of your hand needs to contact the middle of the ball. 

  • Contacting the ball on the sides gives the ball side spin contacting the ball too low gives the ball back spin and sends it high over the netwhich is usually pretty easy for the opposing team to pass.


     Watch The Ball When You Contact It

In practice, watching where you contact the ball, when you contact it



The Overhand Serve: 
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