Using these volleyball serving strategies is important because the serve is the only skill you control by yourself in volleyball.
One of the first mental volleyball serving strategies is to remember to THINK about making a tough serve, not an easy one.
From now on when it's your turn to rotate back to zone one on the court to serve, as you are walking back to the base line you should be mentally forming this serving strategy.
"I'm going to place the opposing team in difficulty by making an aggressive serve"
You should make up your mind that you are going to go back and
serve an aggressive ball to a certain spot or to a certain player on the
Why do you want to develop a tough serve?
Because you want to take advantage of your serving opportunity, which you alone control...and make it difficult for the opposing squad to easily run a play against your team.
The easier your serve is, the easier it is for the opposing team to run a point scoring play. The tougher your serve is the harder it is to run a point scoring play against your team.
You don't want to make an easy serve because you don't want to make it easy for the other team to score against yours.
"Think about what you want to do with your serve and how you want to do it" (Coach ApChap)
If you don't think about scoring a point when you serve, then of course you won't do it.
But if you don't do it, then you are passing up a golden opportunity to help your team score an easy point.
One of the other important mental volleyball serving strategies I teach in Volleyball Voice Boot Camp class is to imagine that you are attacking the ball with your serve.
Think about it!
When you hit the ball, you are in an aggressive state of mind, right?
Well, just like you are in an aggressive state of mind when you spike a ball you want to recreate that same state of mind when you go back to serve a volleyball.
So when I say that you should be attacking with your float serve I am describing a mental process that you must adapt first----even before you prepare to physically do any serving.
As play develops, have an idea as to who the weak passers are on the other team.
Not only do they have to see what's happening they have to remember what happened in past plays so when the time comes they know how and when they can exploit the weaknesses of the opposing team.
Here some things you should identify and look for as the your game continues..
-who looks nervous and insecure in serve receive
-who just made the last passing mistake
-which players can't get over the mistakes they made and show how disappointed they are in themselves
-what areas of the court are difficult for the setters to set from
As I've travelled to various Las Vegas high school matches and have coached JV boys and girls teams I know that many coaches like to tell their servers where to serve.
This way, its the coach that establishes the volleyball serving strategies for their team depending on what they know about the opponent.
To make that easier here are some thoughts and reminders that you can ask yourself before serving in volleyball.
”I don’t want to serve the opposing team a ball that’s easy for them to receive and run an attack off of."
"I want to serve a ball that puts them in a difficult situation where I force one of the passers or to have to move out of their comfortable passing position to pass my tough or well-placed serve."
"I want a specific passer to mess up or shank the ball or if I can't force them to do that then at the very least I want my serve to force the opposing team to give our team an easy ball that we can defend or pass and run an attack against them.”
"I can do better than just getting the ball over the net. if I want to make varsity I need to learn to be strategic and aggressive with my volleyball serve to increase the chances of scoring aces for my team."
Usually one, all or a version of these thoughts should pass through your mind at during practices and then in your matches as you make your way back behind the service line to prep for your serve.
Do the mental stuff first as you are walking back to the service line to prepare for your serve.
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