Volleyball Serve Use A Float, Jump Or Overhand Serve To Start A Rally

The overhand, underhand or jump volleyball serve is used to start a rally after the ref blows the whistle for the player in Zone 1 behind the service line.   


The overhand serve is the way the ball is launched over the net by the player behind the service line in Zone 1.


What Is The Volleyball Serve?


The serve is your first opportunity to score a point and it's the one individual skill in volleyball that you have complete control of.  

From the moment

  • you pick up the ball behind the service line,
  • to once it leaves your hands for the toss after the ref blows the whistle

you literally have the ability to score points for your team, if you use the correct volleyball serving technique.



The serve is often the first offensive skill a player usually learns.

If you can't serve the ball, you can't play the game, since throwing the ball over the net isn't allowed. 


Syd works on improving her serve. 


Volleyball Serve Questions Answered 


Which team can serve the ball first? 

  • The team that wins the coin toss at the beginning of a match is the team that can serve first. 


How many players can serve a ball and when?

  • Only one player can serve the ball at the beginning of a rally. 


Who can serve the ball?

  • The player on the offensive team, who starts in Zone 1, is the only one who can serve the ball. 


Where can you serve the ball from on the court?

  • The server must be behind the service line until the ball has been contacted.

What is the purpose of the volleyball serve?


Each official match must 


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I share alot of individual, partner and easy-to-do volleyball serving drills we do in class with my followers.I share alot of individual, partner and easy-to-do volleyball serving drills we do in class with my followers. Many of these volleyball practice drills you can do at home by yourself or try at your next practice with your teammates.


Follow me on Instagram @coach_apchap to improve your game even faster!

I share alot of individual, partner and easy-to-do volleyball serving drills we do in class with my followers.

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. 



Follow me on Instagram @coach_apchap to improve your game even faster!

I share alot of individual, partner and easy-to-do volleyball passing drills we do in class with my followers.

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. 


The Volleyball Serve
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.

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

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