Service In Volleyball Who What When Where Why and How To Serve A Ball

Learn what the service in volleyball is, who serves and when and discover where the server stays on the court when the ref blows the whistle to start the rally   

The service in volleyball is the skill used by a player to launch the ball over the net to start a rally. (Ralph Aversen)The service in volleyball is the skill used by a player to launch the ball over the net to start a rally. (Ralph Aversen)

The volleyball serve skill is used by a player to launch the ball over the net to start a rally

The serve puts the ball in play once the referee blows the first whistle.

Before the first set of the match the team that wins the coin toss is the team that gets to serve first. 


Service in Volleyball -The serve puts the ball in play once the referee blows the first whistle.
Before the first set of the match the team that wins the toss is the team that gets to serve first.Service in Volleyball -The serve puts the ball in play once the referee blows the first whistle. Before the first set of the match the team that wins the toss is the team that gets to serve first.


Service in Volleyball
Who Is The Server and How Much Time Do They Have To Serve The Ball?




Who's the server?

If you are the server, then at the beginning of the rally, just after the referee blows the whistle, you are the player standing behind the end line in the service zone.


How much time do you have to serve?

Within 8 seconds after the ref has blown the whistle, you can serve the ball over the net.


Service in Volleyball: How much time do you have to serve? Within 8 seconds after the ref has blown the whistle, you can serve the ball over the net. (JMR Photo)Service in Volleyball: How much time do you have to serve? Within 8 seconds after the ref has blown the whistle, you can serve the ball over the net. (JMR Photo)

Service in Volleyball:
How Do You Serve A Ball?


Also known as "the service" according to serving rules the volleyball serve

  • is the action taken by a player who is in the right back position in their team's rotation

During the course of the game this player, while

to send it across the net into the court of the team that's in serve receive. 


Service in Volleyball: Behind the service line the player tosses the ball to herself with one hand and contacts the ball with the other hand to send it across the net into the court  (Jon Fravel)Service in Volleyball: Behind the service line the player tosses the ball to herself with one hand and contacts the ball with the other hand to send it across the net into the court (Jon Fravel)

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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. 


Service in Volleyball 
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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