The Basics of Serving

Serving begins a game, lights up a good offensive volley and may even score you a point. When you are serving the ball, try and serve it to score points. Yes, you want to hit it over the net and drive the ball into the opponent’s court, but if you can score on a serve consistently, you have a great advantage. Serving a well-placed ball is a wonderful skill to perfect.

Underhand serve

The underhand serve is the easiest one to teach because there are few variables. Since the underhand serve doesn't involve a toss, it's easier to learn and control. Here are a few fundamentals of learning to underhand serve for right-handed players.

-Start with your feet in an up-and-back stride position with the weight on the back right foot.

-Ball is held in the left hand in front of your body just below your waist, in front of the right hip.

-Shoulders and upper body should be slightly leaning forward.

-Eyes are focused on the contact point of the ball.

-Contact the ball with the flat part of the fist and palm/pointer/thumb area.

-Swing the right arm backward then forward in a pendulum manner.

-Weight is then transferred to the front foot as the arm swings to contact the ball.

-Contact is made just below the equator in the center of the ball.

-The left hand drops just prior to contact.

-After contact, continue to follow through the ball toward the target.

Overhand Serving

When learning how to serve a volleyball, you will need to learn techniques for the overhand serve. The overhand (overhead) serve is the most popular serve in high school and college. The two main overhand serves are the topspin and float.

The overhand serve is tougher to pass than the underhand serve because it comes faster and drops faster.

Overhand serving is similar to throwing a ball.

Cues used in overhand serving are "toss and draw" and "step and swing".

Here are a few fundamentals of learning to overhand serve for right-handed players. How to Serve a Volleyball 1. Start in an up-and-back stride with most of your weight on your back right foot.

2. The left hand holds the volleyball extended forward and in front of your right side.

3. The shoulder is forward and the right shoulder is back ready to draw back.

4. Toss the ball in front of your right side.

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