Volleyball Serve Drills Help Improve Your Serving Down The Line

Use these volleyball serve drills to improve serve difficulty when serving to zone 5 which helps force the Left Side hitter out of their team offensive system.



Challenge Yourself As You Get Better At Your Volleyball Serve Drills


In your practices, you may have noticed that different components of skills are taken apart and learned in progressions or separately one at a time.

Many beginner volleyball serve drills are broken down into their most basic steps and as you learn those, then you progress to more advanced elements of the skill.

So things like footwork, lower body positioning then upper body positioning, armswing mechanics and timing are learned and coached first.

Other things are gradually added to the mix as you improve on the basics, like court awareness and positioning, court spacing among other teammates, foot speed, using wide vision and learning how to get to a volleyball quickly along with communication-what to say and how to say it.


Volleyball Serve Drills: Why Learn To Serve To Zone 5?


Serve Down the line to Volleyball Zone 5.

Especially in varsity 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...




.....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.




  Some volleyball serve drills, like this "Serve and Chase" drill, although some time       monotonous are

 * the best way to improve your ball control                 * they help you improve your skill and technique         * they can be used to help condition an athlete and   * they can help you understand the team building process


Serving the opposing team 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 receive the serve from much deeper in the court

-which makes them have to cover more distance on the court to get back to their ideal starting spike approach position and late to getting outside to start their approach.




Set Goals For Yourself When You Do Your Serve Volleyball Drills On Your Own

Whether you do drills at home by yourself, or do them in practice with your teammates, it's best to get in the habit of setting mini goals for yourself to reach in order to complete each drill.

For example, let's say you have to get 50 perfectly passed balls to the target before stopping one drill and going on to the next.

Not only will you discipline yourself to perform the volleyball drills correctly, but you will replicate the pressure you will feel in a game-like situation when you absolutely have to do the skill right.


In varsity 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.

Improve Volleyball Serve Difficulty When Serving Down The Line
Serving Strategy: Play Chess


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 to more strategic places on the court like volleyball zone 5.


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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. 


Improve Volleyball Serve Difficulty Quickly By Serving Down The Line: 
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  2. Best Volleyball Drills For Setters, Hitters, Liberos, Passers and Blockers
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