a youth volleyball coach it is important that you don't overlook
the serving technique of your players. Serving is one of the easiest
skills in volleyball to master. Even beginners should be able
to serve into the court. Some of your younger players (i.e. 3rd
graders) may not initially have enough power to get the ball over
the net but they should be able to consistantly place the their
serve within the court. The sooner they start working on their
overhead serve the sooner they will get better.
a good amount of time in practice developing your players serve.
The serve represents and attack. A good hard serve scores points
and disrupts an opponents offense.
main trouble spots in serving technique are the lift, the step
and the contact hand.
The lift in serving is more important than it would seem, but
this is the whole set up for the serve. Spend a lot of time working
on the lift as the more consistent your players are lifting the
ball for the overhand serve the more they will consistently put
the ball in the court.
how does a player lift the ball precisely? First, by taking their
time. After positioning themselves behind the back line, they
quiet their body and their mind, check their opponents receive
formation and then focus on nothing but the ball.
they take a starting position which will require the least amount
of movement from beginning of the lift through the completion
of the serve.
players position their lifting hand exactly under the ball, about
shoulder height. Holding the hand lower is a mistake as it causes
the hand to travel farther and faster than is necessary. The players
lift hand does not squeeze it but cradles it. (Smaller hands can
do this without any problems).