How To Overhand Serve A Volleyball For Beginners
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How To Overhand Serve A Volleyball For Beginners

Learn how to play volleyball from the very beginning!
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Created by Coach KoKo
Last updated 8/2019
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  • 37 mins on-demand video
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What you'll learn
  • In this course students will learn the basic steps to overhand serving a volleyball
  • We will review basic information such as the toss, body position, court position and mechanics of the overhand serve
  • Students will learn the mechanics of the overhand serve and practice drills to be able to develop skill
  • There are no pre-requisites to this course, as all skill levels are welcome!

Have you ever wanted to play volleyball? Serve a ball over the net? Well you've come to the right place! Overhand serving is one of the most essential and crucial skills when it comes to the game of volleyball. This course will teach you everything you need to know about overhand serving and starting your volleyball journey. We will learn about foot placement, body position, court position, hand shape, and arm placement. Let's get crackin on our volleyball journey! 

Who this course is for:
  • Beginner students who are learning to develop volleyball skill
  • New volleyball coaches learning about the basic volleyball skills
  • Students looking to improve their overhand serve
Course content
Expand all 14 lectures 37:03
+ Welcome Message
1 lecture 00:51

Welcome to the first ever KoKo Volley online volleyball tutorial course. This course will teach you everything you need to know with getting started with your overhand serve. Overhand serving is a vital skill when learning how to play, improving skill, and/or instructing the game. There are a couple of key steps when learning how to serve and in this course we will go over them step-by-step, practice and grow our serve! Let's go!

Preview 00:51
+ Beginning To Learn About The Overhand Serve
2 lectures 02:44

Why Do We Overhand Serve?

Overhand serving is arguably one of the most important and vital skills when it comes to the game of volleyball. Serving is a skill that doesn't necessarily rely on any other teammate. You must personally develop your skill of serving in order to become consistent, strong, and a strategic server.

What Kind Of Serves Are There?

  • The Standing Float Serve

  • The Jump Float Serve

  • The Standing Overhand Serve

  • The Jump Serve

  • Underhand Serve

What Serve Will We Be Learning Today?

Today we will be learning about the standing overhand serve. We will learn about placement on the court, hand position, toss, and swing customization.

Where Do They Overhand Serve?

Overhand serving is used in all levels of volleyball. Whether you're playing indoors, or outdoors in the sand, grass, or even snow. The serve is used from elementary school level all the way to the top of the pro leagues. There's never not a great time to start working on your overhand serve.

Why Can't I Start With The Underhand Serve?

The underhand serve is often taught as an initial way to serve the ball over the net. It is often taught to youth learning how to play the game, as it is the most common way to serve whilst playing recreationally and among family and friends. The underhand serve can be utilized well, however as you progress to upper levels of volleyball and/or start playing on an organized team, underhand serving is often not permitted. This is why we will start learning our overhand serve now!

Preview 00:55

Where Do I Serve On The Court?

Firstly, let's talk about the rotational order when serving on the court. You don't serve from every position and any position on the court. The server begins to serve when the player reaches the back right of the court or other wise known as position/zone '1'. The volleyball court is divided in a couple of zones that indicate the serving order!

It's time to serve the volleyball when you reach position/zone number 1. In order to reach position/zone number one you have to rotate around the court after each new rally won.

What Do You Do When You Get To The Serving Position/Zone?

When it's finally your time to serve you step back behind the end line. When you step behind the end line, it's time to get your serve on! When you're stepping back to serve in an organized game, you have about 8 seconds (in many places) to serve the ball over the net after the referee blows the whistle to begin the serve.

Preview 01:49
+ Choosing Your Toss and Serving Hand
3 lectures 06:33

How Do I Find My Serving Hand?

Finding your serving hand is much easier than you think. Many players choose their dominant hand that they write and do most things with! You want to serve with a hand that makes you comfortable and that you feel powerful with. I suggest trying out both hands to see which one is just right!

Now what about my tossing hand?

Now that you have found your serving hand, it's time to start learning about your tossing hand. You're going to toss the volleyball with the opposite hand of your serving hand. That means, if you serve with your right hand (like I do) you're going to toss with your left hand. If you're left handed, you're going to serve with your left and toss with your right. Take some time to find out you which position you're most comfortable in.

Preview 01:13

Why Is The Toss So Important

The toss is arguably one of the most important components of the overhand serve. Many things that go wrong with our serves can be lead to our toss. This is why it's so important to take the time to nail down the toss that works the best for you. Some servers like a toss that is short and quick, others like serves that are high, every toss is different for everyone.

How Do I Find The Toss For Me?

When finding the right toss for you, it's important to realize that your toss hand is the opposite to your serving hand. One of my favorite drills is to place your serving hand behind your back while extending your toss hand outward as if you were going to toss the ball. Gently toss the ball into the air and work on becoming more consistent in your toss before you more onto the next step in the serving process.

Preview 02:40

What Are Some Incorrect Tosses?

There are quite a few incorrect tosses when it comes to serving a volleyball. Here are some of them below, with the listed result:

  • Tossing the ball too far forward - This will lead to the ball going in a more downward motion because the server will have to chase the serve. The server may also step on the end line as well in the process.

  • Tossing the ball too far back - The server will hand contact the ball in the wrong area of the ball. The ball may "rainbow" (make a rainbow shape when served) when the toss is too far behind the server.

  • Tossing the ball too shortT- The ball is likely to go into the net

  • Tossing the ball too high - The percentage of error goes up when the ball is out of the control of the server.

Can you identify these tossing issues in the video? Have you seen them and the result before?

Make sure to watch the tossing drill in the video to begin working on your toss.

Preview 02:40
+ Forming The Serve
5 lectures 10:15

Okay, Okay, So When Do We Serve The Ball?

Well, you're just in luck. We're here at my very favorite part of the lesson. It's time for the bow and arrow! The bow and arrow technique is commonly used at many volleyball clubs, centers, and locations. It is a very easy way to remember how to open and adjust for the serve and keep the body open to add the force necessary. Let's talk about the common themes and technique in this video:

  • Bow - The Bow is our outstretched hand that is holding the ball for the upcoming toss.

  • Arrow- The arrow is our serve hand pulling back and opening our shoulder for the serve.

Take some time to practice this method and see how your bow and arrow forms!

It's All About The Bow and Arrow

Diving Deeper Into The Bow And Arrow

In this clip, we will be diving a bit deeper into the components of the bow and arrow serve. It's important to note the staggered stance when it comes to the serve. We will be visiting the true serving form shortly, however let's make note of the opening of the shoulder when pulling back our "arrow." This is one of the most important components of the bow and arrow form because many times we don't access all of our strength and range of motion when it comes to serving due to a malpositioned serving arm.

After we learn and repeat the bow and arrow stance, we begin working on meeting the ball at the highest point of contact for the serve. It's important to contact the ball in the right space to have the highest chance of going over and going over well.

Looking Deeper Into The Bow and Arrow

What Are Some Drills To Learn My Bow and Arrow?

Let's take a look at some of the drills that will help you learn your bow and arrow!

How To Contact The Ball?

When learning the points of contact it's important to note that your hand must be ball shaped to contact the ball. The hand contact is crucial! Many times we see the player contact the ball with the side of their hand, on top of the ball, underneath the ball, or even with a knuckle! All of those types of hand contact can lead to the ball either going into the net or a missed serve.

What are the 5 points of contact?

The five points of contact refer to all of the fingers and palm of the hand wrapped around the ball. When contacting the ball, make sure to have the hand "wrap" around the ball with the fingers lying around the shape of the ball. When serving the ball for a float serve, a flat hand can be used, however in this instance we're going to move forward with the ball shape.

Practicing Our Bow and Arrow

What Does It Mean To Follow Through?

When serving the volleyball it's important to note that we don't just stop serving the ball when we reach the highest point of contact. We have to follow through with our serve in order to continue the ball over the net. When I mean follow through, we have to serve and continue our hand all the way down our body.

A very good reference when it comes to the follow through is to serve like "throwing a baseball." When we throw a baseball we don't just stop throwing in the middle of the air! We swing our arm all the way through. This is similar to when we make a standard serve when serving the volleyball. This will remind you to follow through when serving the ball!

Following Through The Serve

How Do I Place My Feet When Serving?

When standing behind the serving line, you don't want to just stand with both feet standing straight behind the line. You want to stagger your feet in order to form the "step into." Stepping into the serve helps the server be able to add more force and torque into their serve. We commonly see servers run into the serve, step too far into it, or not step enough. Take a look at this clip to discover how to follow through and step into.

Foot Placement
+ Drills and Polishing Up The Serve
1 lecture 01:17

What is a good drill to start practicing serves?

A great drill is the "serve and back up drill." This drill is great because it really does help you focus on your form, body position and getting the ball over the net. The first thing you do is stand on the ten foot line (3 meter line) on the court and serve the ball over using the skills you've learned. After a successful serve, take a step back. Every time you serve the ball and it successfully goes over the net (not just barely), take a step back. Eventually you'll be serving from the serving line!

Why Do Player Use Serving Rituals?

Serving Rituals are just a way a player starts getting ready for their serve. It can include bouncing the ball a couple of times, spinning it in the hands, or even tossing it in the air. The serving ritual doesn't negate how well your serve is performed, it's just the cherry on top of the cake.

Drills & Serving Rituals
+ Game Footage of Serves
1 lecture 14:49

After we learned all of the steps of the overhand serve, we will now observe some live action footage of serving in a game! Please enjoy these clips and highlights of a recent volleyball game to see the form of several different players to identify the keys to serving.

Live Action Volleyball Game
+ Course Conclusion
1 lecture 00:34

Thank you so much for taking this course! I hope that this helped you learn how to overhand serve, better your serving technique, teach your players how to serve and much more. As you move forward you will find new things that you like about your serve and your volleyball skills! It's a new journey and i'm so happy to help along the way! Congratulations!

Course Conclusion