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4 Steps to Master the Underhand Serve | How to Serve a Volleyball for Beginners

4 Steps to Master the Underhand Serve | How to Serve a Volleyball for Beginners

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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20 comentarios

  1. Very helpful! I loved this! Thank you! I can't wait to see more of your videos!

  2. Thx for the tip!
    I hope I get picked to join the competition and
    Ye!
    Thx!

  3. Everytime i practice an underhand serve at home its great,its very high and fast,but when around people..thats when i get REALLY anxious,and it always goes on the side whenever somebody is watching me

  4. CLICKBAIT TRASH

  5. Thx so much its very helpful

  6. I was able to serve last year, but I haven’t done it in so long that I can’t do it anymore 😭

  7. Yes please on your take for the overhand serving.

  8. If you serve underhand do you have to toss it in the air first in order for the serve to be legal? This is for community leagues (adults, lower intermediate). Thank you so much for the video.

  9. 4:45 how many fingers does sis have

  10. I just learned how to overhand but I did the short way in gym since there were two nets in the gym but I'm way better and underhand than overhand

  11. I’m on a volleyball team but the only thing I can’t do is serving 😂 thank you so much for this video!$

  12. AWESOME video! I coach girls basketball, but my niece picked up volleyball. She is a lot smaller than the girls on her team so understanding the fundamentals of serving is key for me to help build her confidence. She doesn't play much and is excited for the extra coaching. I don't teach whining about playing time…I teach work harder in the gym. I am excited to watch more videos from you. VERY easy to follow and little phrases like Rock and Pop makes it easy on me to teach as well.

  13. Thx
    My team blame me bcz my serves are going left or right

  14. I'm in 8th grade and my P.E teacher and anyone who has me on their team absolutely hate me because idk how to serve at all.

  15. I have a game tomorrow and I’m so worried I’ll let down my team or not be able to serve

  16. Im grade 5 and I have a game in sept 4 and it really helps me TYVM

  17. This is very helpful. Thank you very much. I wish I learned this when I was starting to play.

  18. I find overhand easier than underhand I still can’t get underhand I have a BAD habit of throwing the ball when I go underhand serve I try so hard not to but I always end up doing it! Any tips of how to not throw the ball up when u serve?

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