Hold the ball in front of you. Place your non-dominant hand directly in front of you, straight but with a flexible elbow. The palm should be face up with the ball in it.
Ready your hitting hand. Swing your serving arm back next to your head. Make sure that your elbow is pointing upwards and your hand is at or slightly above your ear. This stance opens your body. Toss the ball into the air. Keep the ball in line with your hitting shoulder and about 1 foot 0. Your right hand should be at a 90 degree angle behind your body. Remember that you want your dominant hand to make contact with the ball just after it changes direction and begins to drop back down.
Don't toss the ball too high, too low, or too far to any side. This means you will have to chase the ball, resulting in a bad serve. Aim for your serve with your body. The majority of the power of your serve is gained from the legs as you transfer weight from your back leg to your front leg. To transfer your weight properly, make sure your starting position is correct. Add momentum by stepping forward with your dominant foot as you serve, transferring the weight forward for a powerful serve.
Hit the ball with the heel of your dominant hand. Lead with your elbow to bring your dominant hand forward. Smack the ball with the heel of your hand or the bottom of your palm. Make sure your serving hand is slanted slightly upward. This will help loft the ball over the net. Aim for the middle of the ball to achieve the straightest trajectory for the ball. This will show you if you're contacting the ball correctly. If you see the ball sidespin or backspin, then you know your contact was off-center.
Swing fast at the ball from the shoulder. After striking the ball, use your momentum to run to your defensive position. Set up your stance. Begin with your feet shoulder width apart facing the net. Your dominant arm should be directly in front of you, palm up, with the ball in your palm.
You should be at least 5—8 feet 1. Step forward with your dominant foot and keep the toss in line with your hitting shoulder. As you step forward, throw the ball high into the air and slightly forward with your dominant hand. Flick your wrist when tossing the ball to create spin on the ball. The toss influences every aspect of the serve; a bad toss can ruin an otherwise good serve.
Toss with your strong hand, keep the ball in front of you, and don't throw it too high or low. These things result in bad serves. Take three or four quick steps forward. This should go slow to fast, so that your last two steps are much quicker and should look like they're happening at the same time.
On your last step forward, launch yourself into a jump. Use the momentum from the steps above to get higher in the air. If you're right handed, your steps will be left-right-left. If left handed, you'll be right-left-right. These last two steps are called a "step close" and are the most explosive part of your approach.
Prepare your hitting arm. Both arms should swing back to generate power for the jump. As with the basic overhand serve, your elbow should be pointing upward, with your wrist rigid and at or slightly above your ear . Your non-hitting arm should point at the ball to track it. Your non-hitting arm tracks the ball in what is commonly referred to as a bow and arrow movement. Learn how to hit the ball with your hand. Aim to hit the ball just above the center of the ball.
Swing all the way through and snap your wrist. If you can't get the snapping motion, practice. This wrist snap is what makes a top-spin serve powerful and unique. Practice perfecting the snap of the wrist along with hitting the ball correctly to send it sailing over the net. Create lots of forward momentum by rotating your hips and body through the serve. You should be broad jumping into the court on your jump serve and jump float.
At the highest point of your jump, bring your hand down in a snapping motion slightly underneath the ball. This way you can aim upwards, but wrap your wrist over the top, which creates an up-down arc with the serve. If you're right handed, your left hip should lead with your left shoulder. Then your right hip should power through, followed by your right arm. Set up the ball.
Start with the ball in both hands, straight in front of you. Hold the ball between both palms. Keep your elbows straight, but somewhat loose. Some people toss the ball differently when jump serving. Some use their dominant hand, some use their non-dominant hand, some use both hands. The important thing for a jump serve is the effectiveness of the toss, not the toss method. Step forward with your dominant foot, and then take three quick steps.
On the last step of your approach, throw the ball upward and slightly forward. For a float, you only want to throw it 12 to 18 inches The toss sets up the entire serve. Make sure your toss is not too high or too low. The ball should be tossed with your strongest hand, and the ball should remain in front of the body. Practice your toss until you have perfected it.
Just like any other sport drill, practice tossing for hours to learn the proper technique. Directly after you loft the ball, jump upward with your next step, using the momentum from your approach.
Bring your hitting arm back with the elbow high and by your ear. Leading with your elbow, hit the ball with the heel of your dominant hand as with the basic overhand serve. Your wrist should remain stiff. After hitting the ball, freeze with your palm towards the target.
They should have to move to get to the ball. As you practice and learn the overhand serve, learn how to send it away from the opponent's zones so you're not sending it directly to them. Make sure your feet leave the floor before you cross the line.
Land across the line. Depending on how you serve, stand at least 5 to 6 inches behind the line. This way, you are safe from getting a line fault. Not Helpful 21 Helpful I can serve the volleyball, but I can't seem to get it over the net. Not Helpful 22 Helpful Not terribly far, maybe about inches away from you face.
However, you want to have enough room to swing and spike the ball. Not Helpful 17 Helpful What part of my hand is better to use in order to hit the ball harder? Hit with your open palm. Using a closed fist will produce a harder hit but will sacrifice accuracy, which is usually a bad thing. The actual direction of the rotation is clockwise, however. After the server finishes, the other team gets the ball, and you get the ball back, everyone just shifts to the right one spot.
Rotation, if not fully understood, can be a very confusing part of the game. In basic volleyball there are three players in the front row and three in the back, and each player just rotates to the next position as the plays go along. When the strong hitters are in the back row, they can still attack the ball on the third hit, but they cannot jump in front of the foot line. Contrary to the way it may seem, there are actually positions in volleyball, and despite the mandatory rotation, it's possible to play the same position every play.
The only catch is that if you're not already in the position where you want to be, you have to wait to move to that spot until after the ball has gone over the net on a serve. Many teams use a hand-linking system to make the switch easier, but no player can cross another's plane of rotation until the ball goes over the net. Scoring As for scoring, this has also changed.
When I first started playing, points could only be scored by the serving team, and games went to 15 points. Matches consisted of the best two out of three games. Now volleyball has changed to rally scoring. Essentially, teams score points whenever the other team messes up, and a point is awarded on every serve.
Depending on the level of competition, most matches are now played as the best three out of five games to 25 points. Teams must win by at least two points for games to end.