Three Volleyball Serve Skills Vegas High School Players Know How To Do

There are three basic volleyball serve skills, the underhand, the standing float serve and the jump float serve which Vegas varsity players, should know how to do.

There are three basic volleyball serve skills, the underhand, the standing float serve and the jump float serveThere are three basic volleyball serve skills, the underhand, the standing float serve and the jump float serve


There are three types of overhand volleyball serve skills that Vegas players need to learn how to do...

  • the floater serve 
  • the topspin serve 
  • the jump float and 
  • the jump spin



These serving skills are important to learn because when done correctly they are fastpaced with or without spin, and designed to be difficult for passers in serve receive to pass the ball to their setter. 


Volleyball Serve Skills
The Floater Serve


With the floater volleyball serve:

-place the ball in your tossing hand.

-with your left hand toss the ball 2-3 feet up in the air in front of your front foot   

-with the right hand (for right handers) use the middle of your open palmed serving hand to contact the middle of the ball while you keep a rigid wrist, flat hand and widespread stiff fingers. 




Sophia performs the standing float serve during Fridays Advanced Skills clinic at Vets.  


Imagine giving a friend a "high five" keeping your elbow above the level of your ear while you rotate to contact the ball. 

When using this serving technique the ball crosses the net quickly with no spin and alot of float movement in the air.


Then the ball drops suddenly to the floor making it increasingly difficult for a passer to track and pass the ball. 


Volleyball Serve Skills
The Topspin 


The topspin volleyball serve is another type of overhand volleyball serve. 

The primary difference in performing the topspin serve is

a. the wrist isn't stiff when contacting the ball but is bent so the serving hand contacts the top third of the ball.

Contacting the top third of the ball creates spin and along with a quick armswing motion that "follows through" after contacting the ball insures the ball crosses the net with a lot of pace and velocity like a spiked hit.

This makes it necessary for the passer to drop their hips quickly below the level of the ball to attempt to pass the ball like you would a dig.


Volleyball Serve Skills
The Jump Serve


The jump serve comes in two popular varieties:


Brooklyn performs the jump float serve during semi private training lessons. 


Jump serves are performed with a toss that's 6 - 8 feet in the air followed by a three, sometimes four step spike approach used to launch yourself in the air before serving the ball in one of the two ways described above. 





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Many of these practice drills and volleyball serve skills 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. 


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The toss…for the Standing Float Serve . . . Your toss…has to be consistent. You have to learn to toss the same way, …the same height, putting the ball in the same spot…every single time. . . If you have a problem with your serve, one of the first places to look..is your toss. . . I have a formula that we use … . . …two feet up in the air and one foot in front of your front foot. . . Two feet up in the air …gives you time to rotate your hips and arm to the ball…. . . One foot in front of your front foot …gives you a specific target area to place your ball that’s in the path of your serving arm when you bring it around to contact the ball.. . . With this little formula you can check yourself ..to see if . . you are leaning over to one side to contact the ball or . . you are bringing your serving arm across your body to try and contact the ball . . If you are..then your toss is throwing you off balance. . . For the standing float serve you want to start in a balanced position and you want to finish in a balanced position. If your toss is making you do or add unnecessary body movements then you need to fix it. . . If your toss is in the right place then you should be contacting the ball ..in front of your serving shoulder with your elbow above the level of your ear.…and not outside of your body line. . . Here’s your homework..at home drill. . . Just practice your toss. Use this formula to start instilling the correct muscle memory for your toss. Today go out and do 50 tosses. Tomorrow do 60. Tuesday 70. Add 10 everyday until you do 100 tosses on your own at home. . . To get consistently better at tossing…you have to practice tossing. Just tossing. This will improve the consistency of your serve because now you know exactly where the ball will be when you contact it. . . Two feet up in the air, one foot in front of your front foot, in front of your serving arm. . . How do I know? Because I did this and it helped me improve my serve in high school and again in college. . . . Thanks Carm! . . . . . #vegasvolleyball #volleyballtraining #libero #liberolife #volleyball #volleyballplayer #vegasbabyvegas #volleyballcoach #vegaslocal #toss #serve

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Volleyball Serve Techniques: Where Do you Go From Here?


Your three options are: 

  1. You can learn more about Serving by visiting the related links below.                            
  2. Follow the suggested reading on our Sitemap page Learning How To Play (Sitemap)
  3. Or visit the pages in the How to Play Volleyball section in the drop down menu at the top of the page to get started. 
  4. Before leaving this page Say "Hi" to Miss Tattoo the Tiger wearing the #9 jersey below.  Miss Tattoo is the starting defensive and serving specialist for the All Beast VolleyBragSwag All Star team.


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