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How to Improve Your Overhand Serve With Volleyball Training

Volleyball Training: Improving Your Overhand Serve

One of the number one skills that young volleyball players want to improve is their ability to successfully serve overhand. Whether the player is a beginner or simply looking to improve their serve, specific volleyball training is key to success. Lots of different coaches recommend their own flavor or technique, but some of the basics hold true for every player. Today, City Beach discusses three key components that you should work on to get a better serve.

Point Your Body In the Right Direction

Generally, the first thing we want to do when offering volleyball training to a beginner is to make sure that when they serve, everything is moving in the same direction. Teaching players how to get their body and their arm swing pointed the same way is, in very broad terms, the key to success. Creating a fluid motion that transfers body weight from the back foot to the front foot and from the legs to the arms is the best way to generate power and accuracy. Generally, if a player’s body is moving to the right then the serve follows and vice versa. Your initial volleyball training should focus on creating a balanced movement from back to front.

Train the Toss

For the majority of beginners, the root of their serving problems stems from a poor toss. So many players have inconsistent tosses that it is no wonder their serves are also inconsistent. We offer volleyball training that helps to create a consistent process from the beginning of the serve (the toss) through the end of the serve (follow-through). It is advisable for newer players to learn to lower the toss arc. The higher the serve — the more chance there is for error. Instead, try having beginners raise the ball about shoulder height and then lift the ball a small amount. The idea is to have just enough time to bring your arm through to make solid contact with the ball. With experience and increased consistency, the player can eventually work their way up to a higher toss for a more explosive follow through.

Volleyball Training Focused on Contact

Ball contact is often times too much of a focus compared to the overall process of the overhand serve. In general, the important factor is keeping their wrist and hand firm through ball contact and to follow through the ball. Eventually, advanced players may learn to pull their hand back to create spin or to “pop” the ball. The focus for beginners should center on creating a consistent and successful serve before moving to advanced tactics. If the player is doing everything else right then contact will occur naturally. Breaking the idea that the serve depends on perfect contact, instead of the entire motion before that point, is important for creating a consistent serve.

Contact City Beach for Volleyball Training

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, any player can benefit from volleyball training. At City Beach, we have experts who have been offering volleyball training for most of their lives. We are dedicated to providing a fun, but productive environment for volleyball players of all levels. To learn more about our volleyball training camps and clinics contact City Beach today!

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