3 Volleyball Serving Tips On Where To Serve The Ball After A Timeout

Did you know there are 3 volleyball serving tips elite coaches teach their players on where to serve after a timeout. Serving strategies varsity players know. 

One of the volleyball serving tips I can't emphasize enough is that you are the only person who controls the effectiveness of YOUR serve. (Matt Duboff)One of the volleyball serving tips I can't emphasize enough is that you are the only person who controls the effectiveness of YOUR serve. (Matt Duboff)


When coaching these girl's volleyball serving tips I focus first on improving and performing the fundamental basic serving skills.

I can't emphasize enough that you are the only person who controls the effectiveness of YOUR serve.

Improving your volleyball serving technique is the one fundamental skill you can do without the help or intervention of anyone else to score a direct point for your team. 

That is very powerful and trust me even many elite players don't take advantage of this unique opportunity.


One of the volleyball serving tips I can't emphasize enough is that you are the only person who controls the effectiveness of YOUR serve. (Matt Duboff)One of the volleyball serving tips I can't emphasize enough is that you are the only person who controls the effectiveness of YOUR serve. (Matt Duboff)


  • The first place to serve after a team calls timeout is In the court
  • Serve the left front outside hitter deep down the line to position 5
  • The short serve to the front row hitter is very effective to the left or middle front position

Volleyball Serving Tips
Serve in the court

You keep your team's point scoring momentum ...by keeping your serve...in the court. (Gallery Three)You keep your team's point scoring momentum ...by keeping your serve...in the court. (Gallery Three)



This may sound funny or obvious but serving a tough ball in the court after a team has called a timeout is not always easy.

If a volleyball team has scored several points in a row and the opposing coach calls a timeout elite athletes always try to follow the Golden Rule "Keep your serve in" after a timeout has been called.

Why?

Because the opposing coach has called the timeout for several reasons ...one of which is to specifically distract YOU the server in hopes of getting you to MISS your serve which can instantly change the momentum of the game.

You keep your team's point scoring momentum ...by keeping your serve...in the court.


Volleyball Serving Tips
Serve the left front outside hitter deep down the line to position 5

Force the opposing team to do what YOU want them to do just by serving smarter. (The Armstrongs)Force the opposing team to do what YOU want them to do just by serving smarter. (The Armstrongs)


Especially in girl's volleyball when the Left Front Player is a swing hitter (which means a player, usually the left outside hitter has two responsibilities - to receive the serve and to then swing outside to hit the ball) 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 her base starting hitting position to be able to make an approach in order to hit the ball.

Serving them 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 serve deep in the court - which potentially can make them late to start their hitting approach.

In girl's volleyball, this 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.

In other words, "play chess" - if you see three hitters in the front row

  • use your serve to force one of the players to pass the ball deep in the court-
  • 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 smarter.


Volleyball Serving Tips
The short serve to the front row hitter is very effective to the left or middle front position

Serve them short while they are in the front row so they won't have time to back up and take their usual long approach and if they still DO get the set...(Tennessee Journalist photo)Serve them short while they are in the front row so they won't have time to back up and take their usual long approach and if they still DO get the set...(Tennessee Journalist photo)


Like airplanes Tall volleyball players usually need longer runways to make their spike approach - in order to hit hard and inside the court.

If the "runway" is cut short...then that "plane" has a hard time taking off. So you the server needs to "shorten" the runway way path.

Serve them short while they are in the front row so they won't have time to back up and take their usual long approach and if they still DO get the set...

...they usually don't have the time or the strength to hit as hard or as high as they would if they weren't passing so YOU have effectively helped YOUR team by serving the BIG girl (excuse me TALL girl...I hate when people call me BIG) in the front row...and YOU have intelligently taken her out of the offense.


Attention short volleyball players...how tall does a girl have to be to learn to serve the Tall girl in the front row? (Neon Tommy)Attention short volleyball players...how tall does a girl have to be to learn to serve the Tall girl in the front row? (Neon Tommy)


Attention short volleyball players...how tall does a girl have to be to learn to serve the Tall girl in the front row?

Answer....it doesn't matter.

You just have to serve 50 balls short to each front row position Left Front, Middle Front and Right Front before practice and/or after EVERY practice so when the pressure is on...you are ready. 


So, the next time you have to serve in volleyball practice - set goals for yourself and MAKE your serves count for points in practice.


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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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