Serve A Volleyball Overhand
For Points Consistently Score More Aces

Improving your volleyball serve technique increases your chances of getting varsity playing time.


I can tell you that when you first learn how to serve a volleyball overhand you will underestimate the importance of the toss.

Don't worry everyone does. 




How To Serve A Volleyball Overhand 
Improve Your Volleyball Serve Toss


Here's what you need to know.

Without a good consistent toss you can't serve the ball.

The toss is one of the most important elements of the serve.

As you learn how to serve a volleyball, you will realize that getting the ball over the net depends also on developing consistent tossing skills.  




The starting position for the toss when you serve a volleyball overhand will be with the ball in the palm of your non serving hand.

With your left arm pointed at your target, toss the ball no more than two to three feet in the air.


Serve A Volleyball Overhand For Points Consistently Score More Aces
Improve Your Toss With These Drills


For practice, while learning how to serve a volleyball, let the ball fall to the ground so you can see where it lands.

If you tossed the ball correctly the ball will land about 6 to 12 inches in front of your front foot.




Every time you toss the ball, if you were to let your toss fall to the ground then the ball should fall several inches in front of your front foot.

Your goal should be to toss the ball in the same way every time you serve.

You want to become a consistent serving machine so you need to develop a toss that always goes up in the same place and comes down in the same place...I tell my players...two feet up in the air and 10-12 inches in front of your left foot.



Let me repeat...once again your toss should be two feet up in the air and 10 inches in front of your left foot.

You should develop and use this pattern as your guide and then as you get better serving the ball you can make a few adjustments if you need to personalize your serve technique. 

If you toss the ball to the left or the right of your front foot several things happen.

First a ball tossed too far to either side will force you off balance.

Once you are off balance, then you will be forced to chase your tossed ball. "Chasing your toss" means that you will have to adjust your serving arm to go chase your bad toss.

When you do this your body is no longer facing the target you intended to serve and you won't serve in the direction you are aiming for.

So guess what? 

Many players especially after they have learned how to serve in volleyball still don't realize it, but this is why the toss is where many serving errors begin.



When your toss is in front of your front foot then your toss will be in front of your serving shoulder which should then keep everything in line for you to serve the ball right where you want it to go. 

When the toss is too far to the left or right of your front foot then you are much less likely to serve the ball to your intended target.  

The last part of learning how to serve a volleyball deals with your serving arm.


Serve A Volleyball Overhand For Points Consistently Score More Aces
The Serving Arm





Your serving arm should be held fully extended above your head, and fully extended above your non-serving arm with your fingertips with the palm of your serving hand slightly turned and fingers held wide. 


Serve A Volleyball Overhand 
Toss-Step-Turn-High Five The Ball


After you toss the ball, step forward on to your left foot as you make a quarter turn to go from facing the wall on your right to facing the net.

During your turn its very important to keep your elbow high, above the level of ear, as your arm comes forward at the same time your hips do...to high five the ball. 



This is where players make a second crucial mistake once they learn how to serve a volleyball. 

Many tend to drop their elbow to shoulder level or below, when they pull their elbow back to serve.

Not only does this increase the possibility of shoulder irritation or injury but it lowers your chances of serving the ball over the net. 

After you've made your toss and when you are contacting the ball you want to WATCH the middle of your hand, contact the middle of the ball.

Remember when you learn how to serve a volleyball, overhand contact should be made squarely in the center of the ball with the flat upper palm portion of your hand. 

The part of your palm that's at the base of your fingers. 


Serve A Volleyball Overhand 
Why Is Serving So Important


Learning how to serve overhand is the one thing you can count on that will help you get on the playing court. If you have a deadly serve, then your varsity coach WILL notice. Trust me. 

Anybody who can score points with a great serve from the service line, I promise you boo boo, their coach will make sure they get in the game. 

That's why its super important to learn how to serve overhand and to make your serve so good and so tough that your coach will be forced to say..."I have to play her or him" because I know we will score points with her serve. 


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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. 



Follow me on Instagram @coach_apchap to improve your game even faster!

I share alot of individual, partner and easy-to-do volleyball passing 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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Serve A Volleyball Overhand For Points Consistently Score More Aces
Where Do You Go From Here?


Where do you need to go now? Here are three options: 

  1. Learn more about How To Play Volleyball. 
  2. Follow the suggested reading on our Sitemap page Learning How To Play (Sitemap)
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