Tips for Effective Serving:

1. Know your opponents

2. Pay attention to the passers. Who does not move very well?

3. How are your opponents lined up?

4. What are they trying to accomplish?

Our Goal?

1. Take the opponent out of system.

2. Serve in a way that makes the opponents do what they do not want to do.

Example: if a front row 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 involved they are in passing, the more difficult it may be for them to prepare and execute an attack hit. 


1. You need to know your own strengths and weaknesses serving, and the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents passing. 

2. Recognize how effective a serve was, and what serve to serve next.

Jump Serves - deep

1. Jump serves that go deep can be difficult to pass because it often looks like the ball is going to be out.

2. Servers have an advantage serving really hard hit jump serves deep because the ball will drop a lot more than when servicing floaters.

3. Passers have difficulty passing deep jump serves because of how quickly they must react and judge whether the ball is going to be in or out.

Jump Serves - short

1. It can be deceptive.

2. It can be effective because the ball may drop quicker than a float serve which catches the passers off guard.

3. It can effectively take your opponents offense out of system.

4. Make the passers move to pass - the serve can be the most difficult ball to pass.