Volleyball serving tips can make a huge difference in the outcome of a volleyball match.
However, deciding what serve to use and when to use it can be difficult.
Know your opponents
It's helpful to know ahead of time the other teams strengths and weaknesses passing. Know who the weakest passer is in each rotation.
One passer might not move very well in a particular direction when passing. One passer may have more difficult with a particular type of serve than another.
It's important to understand how your opponents are lined up and what they are trying to accomplish.
Take your opponents out of system
Serve in a way that makes your opponents do what they dont want to.
For example, if a front player is lined up to pass as part of the serve receive, it may be an effective strategy to get them to pass the ball. The more involve they are in passing, the more difficult it may be for them to prepare and execute an attack hit.
If you serve a hitter passing that likes to take a big approach, you could serve them short. If they like to get far outside to approach, you could serve them more inside the court.
The best servers are well prepared
When it comes to serving, servers need to know their own strengths and weaknesses serving, and the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents passing. Servers need to recognize how effect a serve was, and what serve to serve next.
Strategies for serving should be part of every team's game plan. Executing an effective serving strategy is the one way that a team can take control of a match.
Possible advantages to serving deep
Possible advantages to serving short
Make players move
Making passers move to pass is always a good strategy because...
Possible advantages to jump serving deep
Possible advantages to jump serving short
Make players move
When jump serving, making passers move is important. Jump serving right to a passer can sometimes be the easiest serve to pass. On the other hand, making passers move to pass a jump serve can be the most difficult ball to pass.
There will be days when a server is having trouble serving effective floaters and jumpers. They still need to have a method for serving their opponents tough. Placing serves can be an effective and even easier method of serving tough serves.
Hand signals for spot serves
Coaches may come familiar with opposing teams strength and weaknesses passing. Coaches may elect to use hands signals for signaling to players where to serve.
Coach's signal servers based on their judgment of where it is most strategically beneficially to serve in a particular rotation. Signaling can be helpful to players that are inexperienced with knowing where to place serves.
Servers need to practice being creative
No one knows better what serve to serve and where to place it than the server. A server may recognize a weakness in their opponents passing. At times a server is more confident about serving a particular serve than another and coaches should encourage servers to go after a weakness in the opponents passing strategy if possible.
For this reason, when teaching strategies for serving, players should be given the opportunity to be creative when serving.
Every server is unique and should developing their own serving skills.
The best servers use their instincts when deciding how they are going to serve and what serving strategy they are going to use.