Serving in Volleyball Definition and Words For The Volleyball Service

Terminology and words that explain what the serving in volleyball definition is for the first opportunity to score points from the service line to begin a rally

Terminology and words that explain what the serving in volleyball definition is for the first opportunity to score points from the service line to begin a rallyServing in Volleyball Definition and Words For The Volleyball Service- Terminology and words that explain what the serving in volleyball definition is for the first opportunity to score points from the service line to begin a rally

Each serving in volleyball definition explained in the list below is used by coaches, players and even fans, regularly, in practices or matches as regular jargon, necessary for us who play and coach, to relate to each other in this sport.

Types of Volleyball Serves



floater serve

-a type of serve made by contacting the middle of the flat hand to the middle of the ball which once the ball crosses the net makes the ball float and dip making it harder for an opposing player to pass the ball 

jump serve -when a player uses a spike approach behind the service line to contact the ball in the air  to send it over the net to start the rally


jump serve

-when a player uses a spike approach behind the service line to contact the ball in the air  to send it over the net to start the rally

jump serve
-when a player uses a spike approach behind the service line to contact the ball in the air  to send it over the net to start the rallyServing in Volleyball Definition and Words For The Volleyball Service- jump serve-when a player uses a spike approach behind the service line to contact the ball in the air to send it over the net to start the rally


overhand serve

- when a player from behind the service line sends the ball over the net by tossing it and contacting it before it sinks below the level of their head

topspin

a type of serve; when the top third of the ball is contacted so that it travels across the net at high velocity with forward rotation.

This type of serve is a high speed, high velocity serve intended to be difficult for a player to pass in serve receive.

sky ball

- a type of serve used mainly in beach volleyball when a player sends the ball 20-30 feet or more into the air before it crosses the net.

The goal is force the opposing team's passer(s) to lose sight of the ball against the light colored sky. The ball becomes difficult to track and pass accurately when it comes down into the opposing team's court.

The higher the ball, the more the chances of the wind blowing the ball around which makes it even more difficult to pass. 

Serving Action Words Used in Volleyball


friendly fire

-when a player hits a teammate with a ball or a serve by accident

foot fault

-committed by a player who touches the service line with any part of their foot when attempting to serve the ball at the beginning of a rally

let serve

- a served ball that hits the net on the way over and into the opposing team's court is now legal to play

missile

- a hard hit ball or serve

service error

-when a player serves the ball out or into the net

Serving in Volleyball Definition
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