These are the 3 types of volleyball serves
used by indoor and beach volleyball players.
What is a Topspin Serve?
During a jump serve, a server uses topspin by making contact with the upper third portion of the ball, on the top panels, after it's tossed.
To create topspin on the ball the server places their hand on the ball in such a way that it
so it drops out of the air quickly once it crosses the net.
A server can
or they can
On the beach court which is smaller in size, the topspin serve is quite effective since players have much less time to react to the serve.
What's a Coach Kill?
A coach kill is one of the serving terms used when a player on team a serves the ball into the net or commits a service error of any kind after the coach on team B called a time-out or substitution.
Since the coach called the substitution or the timeout to distract the opposing team's server and to break her concentration, if the coach's strategy works then the "kill" or that point is attributed to the coach's action and not due to any particular player or team action.
What is Friendly Fire?
Friendly fire is one of those funny volleyball terms which describes what happens when a ball served by one player hits their own teammate, in the back of the head, with the ball.
This is a fault and a point for the other team.
What is the Husband and Wife Play?
When a server on one team aims the ball so it lands between two players on the opposing team it causes communication problems between the two passers.
This is a serving strategy used by beach players who purposefully serve the ball so it lands between the left side and right side players on the opposing team, causing the two players to "fight' over who is going to receive serve.
What's a Missile?
A "missile" is a term used in volleyball that describes the type of super hard driven serve made by a player.
If a server serves a missile that hits the floor before anyone can pass it then it results in a direct point also called an ace in volleyball, since the passers aren't able to pass this type of ball.
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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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