One of the first skills a young volleyball player should learn is how to serve a volleyball. This will allow them to play with friends, family, and of course, in a match! Although most players are able to serve overhand with some practice and training, we want our players to succeed early on!
One of the ways we can foster an early interest in volleyball is to teach the underhand serve first. This will build a love for the sport, and keep them coming back to practice energized and enthusiastic to keep pushing themselves.
The underhand serve is perfect for 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and even 6th grade volleyball players! With these 4 simple steps, you’ll have your team serving in no time!
Step 1: Rock back and forth without a ball. This is where we learn how to transfer our weight forward, giving our serve more power!
Step 2: Add the armswing! Rock back and forth, practicing making contact with the ball.
Step 3: Now try it holding the ball! Balance the ball in the left hand (for right-handed players) and rock back and forth, swinging your arm like you’re going to serve.
Step 4: *Drumroll please……* SERVE!
A few bonus tips:
a. Turn and face the center of the court (this gives you a little wiggle room if the contact isn’t perfect).
b. Hit the ball out of your hand, NOT from a toss. Tossing could cause the ball to fly off in any direction if the contact isn’t perfect!
c. Have your palm facing the ceiling. This gives you a wider surface to make contact and angles towards the center of the court (as opposed to OUT)!
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