The volleyball serve begins play in volleyball and is the only time a player may actually hold the ball.
Serving is the one skill that is completely within the control of the individual player.
Tough serves can force opponents "out of system", reducing attacking options and enabling the serving team to react more effectively in setting up the defense.
A 'let' serve is legal as long as it hits only the net, not the antenna, and travels between the antennae.
Serving is similar to a throwing motion.
A server must use his or her body weight to give momentum to the ball.
The transfer of body weight from one foot to the other adds power to the serve.
Beach Volleyball Serving
There are numerous volleyball serve variations...
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The underhand serve is the simplest and easiest to learn.
For young players just beginning to play volleyball, the underhand serve can be a good starting point.
Technique for serving underhand...
Overhand serving is much more commonly used after the beginner stage of volleyball.
In fact, many young players start out learning to serve overhand.
The two main types of overhand serves are the "floater" and the "topspin" serve.
The purpose of the floater is to contact the ball in a way that makes the ball "float" around in the air as it travels across the net. The ball floating makes it tougher to pass.
A serve with topspin travels much more directly to a spot on the oppositions side of the court. Topspin serves can be difficult to pass because the ball can get there very quickly and drop down to the floor fast.
Technique for the overhand serve...
The contact with the ball should be made 2/3 through the serving arm swing. The stopping of the hand quickly after contact with the ball, combined with a flat contact on the ball, will cause the ball to float or fly like a knuckle ball.
A topspin volleyball serve would require a wrist snap at the contact point, to create a forward spin on the ball.