Serving Volleyball Court Zones Score Points With These Serve Tactics 

Discover which volleyball court zones like Position 5, 3 and 6 to serve to in order to score more points and aces from the service line.


Volleyball Zones

Here's why serving to specific volleyball court zones like Position 5, 3 and 6 are important. 

When coaching girl's volleyball I concentrate alot on the serving fundamentals because of this reason...

  • you are the only person who controls the effectiveness of YOUR serve and
  • its the one fundamental you can do without the intervention of anyone else to score a direct point with .

...that is very powerful and trust me even many elite players don't take advantage of this unique opportunity.



Volleyball Court Zones:
Why Serve To Position 5

Serving them very deep down the line helps to take the Left Side hitter out of the offense because this forces them to back up and serve receive deep in the courtServing them very deep down the line helps to take the Left Side hitter out of the offense because this forces them to back up and serve receive deep in the court

Serve Deep Down the line to Position 5.

Especially in girl's volleyball when the left front player is a swing hitter ...a swing hitter means a player, usually the left outside hitter who has two responsibilities...

  • to receive the serve and
  • to then swing outside to hit the ball also

...by serving the ball deep down the line you

  • force the left side hitter deeper into the back of the court which means she has to cover alot of ground to get back into position to be able to make an approach in order to hit the ball.

Serving them very deep down the line helps to take the Left Side hitter out of the offense because

a) this forces them to back up and serve receive deep in the court

-which makes them late to start their hitting approach.

In girl's volleyball this serving tactic can completely eliminate them as a hitter/attacker in the offense so the setter is forced to have only one or two options -

  • set to the middle blocker or
  • behind her to the right side hitter depending on how many hitters are front row.

In other words, "play chess"

-if you see three hitters in the front row use your serve

which leaves only two hitters that your blockers and defenders have to concentrate on. That puts your team at an advantage, right?

Force the opposing team to do what YOU want them to do just by serving smarter.


Volleyball Court Zones: 
Why Serve To Position 3


Serve Short to the Middle Front Position 3.


The short serve short to the front row hitter is very effective in girls volleyball.

Many players serve short because it's an option or because it happens by accident but elite volleyball players serve short because they know that the short serve is an equalizer especially when tall players are in the front row.

Like airplanes Tall volleyball players usually need longer runways to make their approach-in order to hit hard and inside the court.

If the "runway" is cut short...then that "plane" has a hard time taking off. So you the server need to "shorten" the runway way path.

Serve them short while they are in the front row and they won't have time to back up and take their usual long approach.

If they still DO Get the set...they usually don't have the time or the strength to hit as hard or as high as they would if they weren't passing so YOU have effectively helped YOUR team by serving the BIG girl (excuse me TALL girl...I hate when people call me BIG) in the front row...and YOU have intelligently taken her out of the offense.


Volleyball Court Zones: 
Why Serve To Position 6

Why should girls who play volleyball always remember this next smart option which is to serve straight down the middle of the court to Position 6? (Neon Tommy)Why should girls who play volleyball always remember this next smart option which is to serve straight down the middle of the court to Position 6? (Neon Tommy)


Why should girls who play volleyball always remember this next smart option which is to serve straight down the middle of the court to Position 6?

Instead of serving from either corner of the volleyball court try standing right in the middle of the baseline and serve straight down the middle to the opposite end line.


Usually in the backrow there are two people in serve receive.

Aim for the head of the middle blocker in the front row and serve right towards the back line. Both the left back and right back receivers are forced to decide on or fight over the "divorce maker" ball that goes right down the middle between the two of them.

If done right, the ball will fall right between the two passers and you the server are a HERO not a ZERO!


Don't just go through the motions...remember to practice your individual skill because the ball is in Your hands!


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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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  1. Improve Your Volleyball Performance with Vegas VB Coach April Chapple
  2. What's The Volleyball Court Size? Volleyball Basics For Beginners
  3. Serving Volleyball Court Zones Score Points With These Serve Tactics


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