Serve volleyball short is a strategy more teams are starting to put into practice.
Most teams don't practice passing short serves. Most teams don't serve short themselves, so therefore, most teams aren't experienced passing short.
No matter how experienced, players are always going to be uncomfortable passing short serves. Passing short serves is always going to be awkward and it's likely players are uncomfortable passing them. No one wants to pass short serves because the angle and trajectory of the ball is unusual.
The advantage of serving short is, "short serves take a team out of system."
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When you're learning to serve short, you're also learning to pass short serves.
If you're learning to serve short in practice, your teammates can practice passing your short serves. This is really important because if your team can serve short really well, they will likely have learned to pass short serves. This will give you a big advantage over your opponents that haven't practiced serving short.
You're learning to pass at an unusual trajectory. When passing a short ball, the angle and trajectory of the pass is unusual. The passer must take the ball higher (higher forearm platform) when forearm passing. Learning to pass short will help you be more comfortable with your overall passing skills.
In my opinion, as a server, the short serve is the easiest serve to be the most consistent at executing correctly. When learning to serve short, concentrate on serving the ball just across the net and having it drop short.
As a player, I'm more confident that I can consistently place the ball short than anywhere else on the court.
Many coaches are afraid that if the server hits the serve high, angling the ball to drop short, they will be giving the other team plenty of time to receive the ball and make a good pass.
I have to disagree with this philosophy.
What's important here is where you place the ball. Remember, your goal is to take the team "out of system". It doesn't matter so much if they know where you are going to serve (when it comes to serving short).
Just about every short serve is tough to pass and will likely take them out of system, even if they know it's coming.
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