How To Overhand Serve A Volleyball
With some time and practice you can easily learn how to overhand serve a volleyball. The overhand serve in volleyball offers additional power and control when compared to the more casual underhand serve in volleyball. Take the following considerations into account to learn how to overhand serve a volleyball.
- Toss the volleyball into the air with your non-dominant hand. Using the hand that will not serve the volleyball, toss the volleyball into the air. This would be similar to tossing a tennis ball into the air for the serve. Allow the volleyball to move down a foot or so after the highest point in the toss. You should toss the ball directly above you, lightly.
- Reach the ball with your serving hand, either jumping or standing still. You have a choice when you serve a volleyball. When you begin, you may want to practice standing flat-footed when serving the volleyball. However, after you get the hang of this, or if you would rather begin learning the other way, you may jump in the air to serve the volleyball. The latter offers more power, but is more difficult to perform.
- Strike the ball with an overhand motion. When you are ready to strike the ball, you may wind your serving hand backwards, similar to that of throwing a football or baseball. With a fist, strike the ball with considerable force, aiming the ball over the net. Most find that hitting the volleyball with one's knuckles is best. With some practice you will be better able to control the serve and add additional force when serving the volleyball.