How to Serve a Volleyball

Step-by-step Instructions

Here is what you need to do...
Step 1

Obtain a training device, such as the Tandem Volleyball Pal from

Step 2

In terms of technique, the serve begins by grabbing a volleyball and holding it in your palm that is opposite of your swinging arm. Make sure that your palm is out in front of you and facing upward.

Step 3

Toss the volleyball straight up into the air, about 2 feet above eye level.

Step 4

As you toss the ball, draw your swinging arm back, keeping your elbow bent at first.

Step 5

Pull the arm back along the side of your head, and begin a forward swinging motion as the ball begins to drop from its peak. Make sure that you swing with your hand fully extended out in front of you.

Step 6

Contact the ball at a comfortable distance away from your body, and make sure that you follow through with your hand. This follow through will make it more difficult for the opposing team to pass your serve, as the ball will have more movement on it.

Step 7

Continue to practice--use your training device to practice a good contact point on the ball, and if desired remove the training device and practice real-time serves over a net or try to serve at a specific target on the wall.

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This definitely takes practice, and the most difficult thing about serving is the timing. You need to make sure that you strike the ball at just the right time so that you are able to serve it over the net.

Stuff You'll Need

Brand Product Price
Tandem Volleyball Pal $15.38

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Serving a volleyball is one of the first skills you learn when you begin playing. This is because the serve is what puts the ball in play and really begins the rally of volleyball.

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

I started playing volleyball in 7th grade.

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