6 Tactics For Volleyball Serving Success: Overhand Serve For Points

Here are some tactics for volleyball I tell my private clients and team players to keep in mind in order to score more aces from the service line for your team.

Remember, exploiting the weaknesses of the opposing team, whether it comes down to identifying their weak passers or finding their vulnerable places on the court, increases your chances of scoring aces.

And you know what else that means? More playing time!! Woohoo!

Here's how to be vigilant on the court, how to decide early your course of action and how to maintain an aggressive stance from behind the service line.

1. Avoid serving an easy lob serve over the net, especially if you have hopes of making your varsity team because handing the opposing team an easy-to-receive ball is just asking them to run a fast attack and to score a point against your team.

2. Your job is to serve a ball that puts the receiving team in a difficult situation. Your serve should force the opposing passers out of their comfort zone and make it difficult for their setter to run a play.

3. Your responsibility is to identify a specific passer and go after them aggressively so that they cannot handle your serve. Period!

If you can't score a direct point against them, then make sure your float serve forces the opposing team to give you an easy or "free" ball which is an easy pass (instead of a hard hit attack ball) that your team can easily defend or pick up and run an attack against.

4. Decide Early To Attack With Your Serve

Varsity servers are much much different than JV or beginner servers because they go after their serve with the specific intent of scoring a point. Beginner and JV servers just want to get the ball over the net so they play it safe. In order to make varsity or to get more playing time on your college team you'll need to adopt a more strategic and aggressive approach to scoring aces from the service line.

5. Remind yourself of these tactics for volleyball serving while you're in practice or training with me during private training so you establish "next level" routines which will result in scoring more aces.

6. Remember to lay the mental groundwork for yourself as you walk back to the service line to serve.

Start practicing and doing your jump serve reps with these "next level" tactics for volleyball serving...

  • adopt a more aggressive attitude behind the service line
  • attack the ball with your serve
  • decide early who and where the weak passer is
  • decide early where the vulnerable spot is on the opposing team's court that their passers find hard to make a perfect pass from

When going from JV to varsity volleyball or moving from varsity to college level volleyball you'll soon find that there's far more to serving in volleyball than just getting the ball over the net, and learning how to float serve with these strategies will help you to reach your goals and excel in the game.

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Here are some reminders to tell yourself before serving in volleyball.

"I want a specific passer to mess up or shank the ball or if I can't force them to do that then at the very least I want my serve to force the opposing team to give our team an easy ball that we can defend or pass and run an attack against them.”

"I want to serve a ball that puts them in a difficult situation where I force one of the passers to have to move out of their comfortable passing position to pass my tough or well-placed serve."

”I don’t want to serve the opposing team a ball that’s easy for them to receive and run an attack off of."

”I don’t want to serve the opposing team a ball that’s easy for them to receive and run an attack off of."

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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. 

6 Tactics For Volleyball Serving Success: Overhand Serve For Points:
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