How to Jump Serve a Volleyball

Step-by-step Instructions

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Step 1

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Step 2

To jump serve, start with the ball in your swinging hand. Palm out in front of you, facing upward.

Step 3

Toss the ball in the air so that it has front spin on it. Make sure this toss is in front of you, but not so far that you will step over the service line.

Step 4

Do an approach just like spiking (left-right-left for right handed hitters, and the opposite for left handed hitters)

Step 5

As the ball begins to fall from its peak, jump in the air and attempt to strike the ball at the highest point of your jump.

Step 6

Follow through with your arm hitting the ball and following down to the same side of the body as the arm that you are swinging with. This will help to put topspin on the ball.

Special Attention

Difficulties people often experience or parts that need special attention to do it right.

Concentration, timing, and focus are key with jump-serving.

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I've gone through my fair share of embarassing serves both in games and practice.

When did you first do this & how did you get started?

I started jump serving my sophomore year of high school and have been doing it ever since.

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