How To Overhand Serve In Volleyball?

A serve is a type of volley in the game of Volleyball. It involves making a shot at the opponent’s court from the baseline. A lob is a serve where the serve hits the ground behind the body and sends the serve into the air.

Overhand serves tend to be harder to return than backhands, which makes them better for passing shots. An “ace” is when a player receives a point for serving;

The ultimate objective of a volleyball player is to score points by maximizing aced while minimiz­ing faults. Faults refer to missing the ball or going out of bounds.

Why is serving so important?

Serving consistently wins games for teams. You will lose many points if you cannot always serve as a volleyball player. As a volleyball player who coaches, I firmly believe that serving always wins games. Here is why.

A fantastic server is a massive advantage for a team. Because a server dictates which pass a receiver on the other end of the court receives and the hit off of the pass, a fantastic server is a massive benefit for a team.

If you can produce an attack that is difficult for the opposing team to defend against, chances are they won’t be able to stop it. An attack in Volleyball is when a player hits the ball.

Building off of what your teammates have given you is an essential part of the game of Volleyball. You’ll be better positioned to put the ball down for an easy point if you get a better serve.

If you force the opposing team to play a weaker ball by sending them a more demanding service, it makes it harder for their defense to stop your offense. That is a brief explanation of why services are so important.

How to Serve a Volleyball Overhand?

Overhand Serve
Overhand Serve

We’ve all witnessed someone doing an overhand volleyball serving that looks effortless. Overhand volleyball serves are more versatile than underhand but also harder. It takes more coordination, timing, effort, and muscle power than just walking.

When you get the underhand serve down pat, you should shift your attention to this more challenging serve and put in some practice time with it.

An overhand serve that is adequately executed can improve your serve’s accuracy, speed, and power, even though it does not appear to be remarkably smooth. This is true even if the server itself doesn’t look very soft.

Types of Serves in Volleyball

There are different types (or serves) of Volleyball for beginners, but the underhand one is the most common because they’re easy to master.

Competitive Volleyball requires players to use different types of overhand serves. Consider whether you’re comfortable using any of these serves to choose the right style. However, remember that you’ll need to be proficient at all three.

Underhand Serve

This serve is usually played in recreational volleyball matches. It doesn’t require the skill and physical strength needed for the other serve styles. You take the ball in the hand that is not your dominant one while you walk back one foot. The next step is to shift your weight to the front, maintain one hand open, and strike the ball below its equator with your fisted hand while keeping the other hand open.

Overhand Serves

Overhead serving is one of the three primary players in competitive Volleyball. The two main overhead, or overhead, serving styles are topspin and float.

To serve an overhead smash, you begin with your dominant side foot back, and the ball gripped in your non-dominate (opposite) arm. You then throw the ball up and hit it with your hands. Overhand serving techniques differ depending on whether you’re trying to hit an overhead smash or a drop shot. The most significant differences between these two images are the server’s body position and the way they finish their swing.


A float serve is a type of serve that doesn’t rotate. It’s called a float serve because it floats unpredictably, making it hard to hit. A float serve catches air and can go one way or another or fall suddenly.

To shoot a floater, you must first contact your palm toward the backboard. Then, follow through with your shooting motion, so your elbow extends past the rim line. Your forearm remains parallel to the floor throughout the shot.


A topspin serves spins quickly forward from the top. It’s easier to control a serve with a more predictable trajectory than one with an unpredictable course, but it’s harder to hit because of its fast speed and hard to pass because it drops quickly.

To hit a topspin, you throw the ball a little higher than usual, step under the throw, and strike the ball just below the ground surface, moving downward and outward. Your arm follows with a snapping action at the end of the swing.


Jump Serve

The jump shot is more advanced than the layup and uses an even higher throw that should be several feet ahead of the shooter. You use more of an attack approach by manipulating your foot to jump and strike the tennis racket with the back of your fist while you’re in the sky. Your arm stays stiff; you stop your palm facing the opponent.

Jumping increases the force applied to the server, making it extremely tough to return. The disadvantage of this strategy is that it increases the risk of making serving mistakes due to the increased motion. The vast majority of jump serves feature topspin, but floaters are also feasible to serve via the leap.



Instructions for Executing the Ideal Overhand Serve

To serve a volleyball overhand, you toss it with one hand and then smash it into the air. Although serving overhand is more complex than doing underhand, it is still possible to learn. You’ll be sorely disappointed if you expect to become an expert server overnight.

Keep in mind that repetition is the key to success. You’ll soon be serving with practice and the following advice with an overhand motion. You’ll be able to serve the ball into your opponent’s half of the court without it being touched or returned after you’ve reached a high enough skill level.

*Before you start*

 However you choose to prepare, you should be ready to send an excellent overhand serve into the other court.

When performing an overhand serve, most of the process involves visualizing the target area on the opponent’s court. 

Step 1: Where to Put Your Feet

If you’re left-handed, this serve takes a little longer than right-handed. Although many of the instructions will be backward for you because Volleyball was designed for right-handed players, you should still be able to apply them effectively. If I explain a move that requires you to use your right hand and right foot, you will naturally adjust to using your left hand and right foot instead.

Toss the ball to your right hand. (You would toss the ball to your left hand;) It will help if you position your right foot such that it is slightly in front of your left foot. 

Make sure your feet are far apart (about 12 inches). Maintain a modest knee bend, but check that it doesn’t cause discomfort. My preferred position involves lifting my left foot and bending my left knee, but you may do whatever seems most comfortable. 

Step 2: Tossing the Ball

When you begin your serve, ensure the Volleyball is in your left hand the entire time. Find a happy medium.;) It would help if you didn’t exert too much pressure on the ball but shouldn’t let it slip out of your grasp. Put your right hand so that it almost touches your left ear. Your palms should face down.

Toss the Volleyball so that it goes up and towards your right arm. Try not to let it go behind you.

Step 3: Toss, Step, Hit!

This is where you can put it all together.:) With your improved knowledge of footwork and ball throw, you should be able to execute a genuinely formidable serve. You may easily recall the correct procedure by using this handy tip.

People who are just learning to serve with their feet often take a step before they toss the ball or try to strike the ball before they step. This little song will hopefully keep you from doing that.;)

Get your feet ready (as in Step 1)- right in front of left

TOSS– Toss the ball (as in Step 2)- high and to the right

STEP-Step forward with your left foot as you …

HIT-Hit the ball when it reaches its highest point (as high as your arm extends)

Hitting Tips:

Hitting Tips
Hitting Tips

It would help if you moved the ball across the net and into the opponent’s half of the court to be powerful. So you need to use a lot of power and push the ball.

Use the part of your hand in between your palm and your fingers. It’s the underside of your knuckles. Again, you can tweak the rules if you need to. Make sure you’re serving with as much force as possible by using the most effective section of your hand.

Follow through by making sure you finish what you start. When you hit the golf club, keep your arms extended until they’re completely straight. Then, when you swing, let them come back slowly, so your energy continues moving forward instead of stopping.

Overhand Serving Footwork

If you’re a new server, the first things you need to know about serving are what your hands will be like when you’re done. This guide will talk about right-handed servers but flip everything upside down if you’re a lefthander.

Starting Footwork

It would help if you had your left foot out in advance of your body but not too far away from your body. If you are right-handed, your left foot would be your dominant foot. Your left foot will be the opposite of your dominant hand. You’ll stand with your left leg slightly bent and your right leg straight. Adjust your stance such that the toe of your forward foot points in the same direction as the pole of the net and your right shoulder.

Remember that both feet should be underneath your body. Avoid extending your forward foot too far, or you can lose balance.

Your right leg will carry most of your body’s mass and point outward slightly for balance. Before serving, you will lift your right leg slightly.

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