Volleyball Serve Techniques Vegas Players Need To Know To Score Points

Learn the three volleyball serve techniques we teach players in Boot Camp Class which lead to increased point scoring opportunities

Volleyball serve techniques: Texas' Ashley Engle about to serve the ballVolleyball serve techniques: Texas' Ashley Engle about to serve the ball

Here are three volleyball techniques that improve the effectiveness of your float serve and increase the possibility of scoring aces. 

We practice these serving techniques in Boot Camp classes and I want to share this info for Vegas players who don't yet understand the importance of developing a point-scoring volleyball serve technique. 

Volleyball Serve Techniques
Keep Your Elbow High

Sometimes the best way to learn correct volleyball skills is to watch as the best collegiate and pro players perform them correctly. 

In the above images , watch as the USC servers ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS keep their elbow up high above the level of their ear...

All through their float serve routine, whether they do the standing float serve or jump float, their serving arm is kept high above the level of their ear. with an open palmed hand that faces the opposite wall. 

They do this so they can get their hand to the ball faster, after the ball has been tossed.

Volleyball Serve Techniques
Use The Same Consistent Body Movement Every Time You Serve

Watch this EXCELLENT video of professional players and Italian (featuring Francesca Piccinini one of the best outside hitters in the world) and Dutch national team players.  

They perform the same serve, the same way, every single time they go to serve. 

They become like a serving machine.  Every movement makes sense and functions to get the ball aggressively over the net in a way that makes it difficult for the opposing team to receive serve.  

There are no extra movements, no dips, no toe touches, no hop skips, no excessive bouncing, no roller coaster side tosses. 

None of those extra body movements, help you get the ball over the net.

Volleyball Serve Techniques To Remember

Notice in the video, each server has her 

a) serving arm elbow high above the level of her ear

  • its NOT on the ball
  • its not bringing the ball up with two hands
  • the elbow,is kept high in the air in a VERY balanced movement....

b) Serving arm palm facing outwards towards the opposite wall and not turned up to the ceiling

c) Body sets up opened to the wall on the right and closes with a quarter turn to the ball - WHILE elbow is ALWAYS kept high during the turn

d) HIGH FIVE the ball - for the standing float serve- the middle of the hand contacts the middle of the ball

e) Server WATCHES her hand contact the ball...

Volleyball Serve Techniques
High Five Flat Hand Contact On The Ball 

One of the most important volleyball serve techniques I constantly repeat in semi-private training and Boot Camp classes which almost instantly improves float serve consistency is how your serving hand should contact the ball.

To produce more float action the middle of your flat serving hand should make contact with the middle of the ball. 

Once you've completed your pre-serving ritual and have tossed the ball, you want to watch your serving hand contact the ball. 

This increases your chances of contacting the ball in best spot in order to produce the "no spin, lots of float" action on the ball. 

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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. 

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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.

Related Links:

10 Floater Serve Volleyball Tips Better Serving Scores More Points

How To Serve A Volleyball Better: Improve Your Float Serve Technique

8 Volleyball Serve Rules on The Toss and When and Where You Can Serve 

Your Serve In Volleyball Use Our Ten Step Checklist To Serve More Aces

The Volleyball Serve Is Your First Opportunity To Score A Point

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

Volleyball Serve Techniques Vegas Players Need To Know To Score Points

Three Volleyball Serve Tactics and Strategies For The Short Serve 

Meet Tatoo the Tiger, Serving Specialist on VolleyBragSwag's All Beast Team

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