How to Play Volleyball : How to Overhand Serve a Volleyball

How to Play Volleyball : How to Overhand Serve a Volleyball

Hey, my name is Addison from Captain Bill’s,
and I’m going to teach you, how to overhand serve a volleyball. In order to overhand serve
a volleyball, there are a couple of different mechanics that you need to use. First things
first, you want to always keep your hand open. When you keep your hand open, you have more
surface area on the ball, which can help you to guide the ball to where you want it to
go on the opposite side of the court. So when you’re serving the ball, you want your hand
out in front of you, and you want to toss the ball up in front of you, so you have top
step and hit it with your hand. When you contact the ball, you want to hit it almost to the
heel of your palm and in the middle of your hand. So when you toss the ball, you’re going
to take your elbow back, and when you hit, you lead with your elbow. So you never lead
with your hand, you want to always lead with your elbow, it will help you to get the ball
straight over the net, to have an effective serve. So when you’re serving the ball, take
the ball in front of you, toss it in front of you, take your hand back, lead with your
elbow, keep your hand open, and serve the ball over the net. And that is how you overhand
serve a volleyball.

Comments (92)

  1. That was great. Thanks. Cute mother F'er, too.

  2. cool..i'm trying to learn to serve overhand but it just nvr goes over. Oh well i guess i shud just keep practicing

  3. your coach only told you to toss the ball cause he wanted you to toss his salad the only spike you know is your dads

  4. Ohhh, so you lead with your elbow!! :O Gyaa i'm gonna go try right now


  5. thanks man great lesson! 🙂

  6. this was a quick good video.. good job

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  8. wow you are good. thanks its helping me practice .. i am almost there 🙂

  9. does that really works? it doesn't make the ball go side ways..? well i will try it .. 🙂

  10. no. serving with your fist isn't affective. my coach doesn't let us do that. what i do is i keep my hand in a fist until it reaches the ball. at the very last second i open it. that way its more aerodynamic and you get more force. it works well.

  11. When you hit with hand open, you have more control opposed to with a fist. However, fists usually have more power. It's like the whole quality vs quantity, fists having more power, open hand having more conrol.

  12. only those who know nothing about volleyball serve with a fist

  13. Eh. I served all the way through 7th grade with my fist, and I was MVP… not that that means much, lmao.
    But, at least for me, hitting the ball in the middle with my fist gives me more power, and the ball goes higher and farther over the net.. I always kept my thumb on the side of my fist, though, so it wouldn't get in the way.
    Lately, I've been practicing open hand serving, because I didn't want to get into an unbreakable habit. Anyone know any really good vids for open-hand serving?

  14. i can't find your serving video. 🙁

  15. yes you do have to take a step and only one!

  16. no its just a bad habit cuz wen u get older u lose the feel of open palm serve and gets inaccurate as u get stronger, but fist is pretty powerful and useful me being only 13, but im gonna try the elbow thing, hope this helped

  17. you should already have your arm up when you toss the ball! xp

  18. i had my try-outs and i couldnt ovehand serve the coach had to let me do the underhand. i was the only one who couldnt i hope this helps my over hand serve

  19. I do that sometimes but i also punch the ball it works

  20. during volleyball games, right b4 when we practice, i can always hit it perfectly overhand

    then during the game, i always mess up! y?

  21. You probably nervous. Relax and concentrate.

  22. You can't punch the ball during a game? Wtf?

  23. Well not really like a punch

  24. The most important factor when serving is to take your time and concentrate. You may be rushing it, so you may end up serving badly.

  25. @MegaMorgan28 holy shit, you have a talking couch? Geez that must be nice….my chair talks sometimes too……dip shit..

  26. My development coach says hand open my school coach says hand closed! What is going on??

  27. very good tip, thanks

  28. Open. Your coach is wrong. The video is right.

  29. lead with the ellbow…. i guess that explains why my attacks are soft, thx i am going to try this.

  30. @angelzlayde youre nervous, you overthink it just relax and try to think its practice

  31. good but need more info

  32. wow…i use to get made funn of by my classmates back in elementary skool because i would serve like this…stupid p.e coach said "no, ure doing it wrong use ure fist!"

  33. @angelzlayde it's because of the pressure.It happens to me too.And what happens to me often is that,when I'm playing offical games, I don't hit the ball as hard as I do at practice and I think it's just becauseI wanna make sure it goes over the net 🙂

  34. Um i wish you were my coach!
    That helps ALOTthanks!!!

  35. @angelzlayde nervs?

  36. omg when i serve overhand, the ball goes streight not over the net >.<

  37. I have volleyball prac tomorrow

  38. Our team made it in the semi finals in volleyball but some people on our team SUCK!! At serving (I'm not one of them btw :P) and when they serve, the ball ends up going BACKWARDS!! Ugh!! Sometimes I don't ask why…

  39. Once again, you mention nothing about footwork which perplexes me. No one is going to improve under your coaching with these videos because they lack an explanation of the complete skill and focus on how well YOU can do it (Which is pretty poorly I must admit. Perhaps you yourself should watch some videos of real volleyball coaches teaching legitimate skills.

  40. cool! 🙂 thanks, i suck at serving hopfully this will help :))

  41. he annoys me for some reason sorry

  42. Omg thanks now I can overhand serve!!!!

  43. wow this was very helpful thankyou

  44. i'll try this during practice. I am rarely able to hit it over the net and then when I try hitting it with a powerful force, I end up hitting it in the wrong area of my hand and it gets me fustrated.

  45. Now that it is my second year of volleyball, all I can do is overhand! I was just nervous but I now know that its just about fun. Thanks to all who helped xP

  46. How light is the ball…is it hard or hollow….does it hurt wen u hit it

    anyone could answer

  47. @angelzlayde me too

  48. sweet!!! I don't coach but thinking of coaching smaller kids this year…..thanks volleyball is my life too.

  49. im a varsity player in volleyball yet i cant do the spike when serving….so thanks

  50. @TheLeilisa there was a player on a california school that was 7'2

  51. i wanna play volleyball and im 12

  52. I've been trying for months and I still can't serve properly, I really stink…

  53. the only one thing that makes me nervous is when i serve, i serve powerful enough, but always too low…

  54. It helped that u said 2 lead w/ ur elbow

  55. @edwardschild88 I guess I have to dislike the video now ):

  56. My friend is in the top 12 australians for voleyball under 15 or 16. i have never played serious or with atleast not all the rules this is a change and a half. FML

  57. I think I'd be one of the best players in my school if it wasnt for serving…

  58. I Will got to school and train this move. We Dream To Win

  59. THANK YOU! Very helpful… Maybe I'll be able to pass my serving test today lol.

  60. my friend said tht u kinda wanna chape the ball wit ur hand. is tht true?

  61. @taylorswiftrules21 coming from someone with a name taylorswift rules;;;;;

  62. thanks for the great example….

  63. @anfhollisty coming from someone with a name anfhollisty;;;;;

  64. I always do this but the ball always hits the net. What am i doing wrong?

  65. my serves always comes short =(

  66. its easier to hit right under the palm. try it

  67. @taylorswiftrules21 mines too…I've been in volleyball for just two years and I love it.

  68. i love drop kicking volley balls

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  70. am i the only one that thinks he is hot?!

  71. I have almost no upper arm strength so I hit it with my fist. Goes over.

  72. I'm almost the best on my volleyball team since the best girl had to leave the team. I am strong enough to overhand serve, and this really helped me. Thanks! :^)

  73. This is almost the same as a float. :^) I'm a pro at volleyball, that's what I do. <3

  74. If youre a pro in Volleyball, why did you watch this video? i dont recall pros need this basic training?? 😛

  75. well…you spelled their wrong.

  76. I can hit it over the net, but I don't have much control so I just serve underhand… I want to get good at overhand!

  77. Thank you so much! I never lead with my elbow

  78. Thanks so much! I've been having serving problems and I think this will relay help! Thanks again!

  79. Just one more question. After trying this one, will you need a lot of practice to master it?

  80. Since I am a setter, I can't serve the ball well. Thank you, You helped me alot.

  81. you keep trying then you become pro 🙂


  83. this helped me SO much w overhand serving!! thank you!

  84. Is making your hand into a fist, then overhanding serving with fist considered legal? I can't find a rule against it in outdoor volleyball.

  85. how jump serving ?

  86. I started playing indoor volleyball 3 days ago, I am pretty weak and skinny and have carpel tunnel on my left hand which is my dominant one. I couldn’t get it over the net and it would hurt my fingers my wrist my hand sometimes a lot , then I tried hitting with heel of palm and I got it over and felt little pain , but people said using heel is wrong on internet, some say you lose control, and one guy even said it might count as a double hit because u hit with heel and then fingers, so I have question, please answer. Is hitting it with the heel of palm wrong? Was I hitting it wrong before or am I just too weak? Or is it my carpel tunnel affecting me?

  87. this is so straight forward and I love it

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