Volleyball serving rules for executing the serve correctly. Use these tips to get an advantage over the competition.
After checking to see both teams are ready to play, the referee will whistle and beckon the server to serve the ball.
The serve is act of putting the ball into play. This is done by the player in the right-back position.
A teams service will continue until that team commits a fault.
The first service of the set will be executed by the team that's determined at the coin toss. This is true for all deciding sets.
All other sets will started by the team that didn't serve in the previous set.
Each team has a serving order. Each team must follow the serving order that's on the line up sheet.
When the serving team wins the rally, the player who served before, serves again.
When the receiving team wins the rally, the player that's in right-front rotates to right-back and is now the server.
The server must have at least part of the feet in contact with the playing surface at the authorization for serve.
The server must toss or release the ball out of the hand. The ball can't be hit while still in the hand. The ball must be tossed or released.
It's common for beginner volleyball players to make the mistake of hitting the ball out of the hand when first learning to serve the ball underhand. Technically, the ball needs to be released.
Only a single toss or release of the ball is allowed.
The serve must take place on the playable service.
For jump serves, the server must not touch the court or area outside the service zone when taking off the floor.
After contact, the server may land inside the court or land outside the service zone.
Depending on the organization and level of competition, the server may be allowed a 2nd toss for serve. For example, in usav 14 and under age groups, the serve has 5 seconds to contact the ball. After the ball is tossed or released, if the ball hits the floor untouched, the result is a tossing error and the referee will again authorize the server to execute the serve again.
Once the referee has whistled for serve, there will not be any interruptions allowed. This includes time-out, substitution, or line up check. This includes interruptions after a re-serve. The request for a line-up check is permitted when the result of a rally is a replay.
When considering screening, focus on the flight of the ball and whether or not the opponent can see the server.
The serving team must not prevent the opponent from seeing the ball.
The factor that a referee uses to weigh in on whether or not there's a screen are:
For example, if players are close to one another, the ball is served quick and low and the ball passes over these players, the probability of a screen is high.
If players aren't close to one another, the ball is served higher, and the players are bending over in an effort to prevent a screen, the probability of a screen is lower.
These are faults made by the serving team.
If the server commits a fault at the moment the ball was contacted while the opponent is out of position, the serving fault is the fault that's sanctioned.
If the server executes the serve correctly while the opponent is out of position and the served ball results in going out of bounds, into the net, or over a screen, the positional fault is the fault that's sanctioned.
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