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Effective Volleyball Serving Drills

These volleyball serving drills are all about simple, effective ways to train players. With the game being rally point scoring (every point is a serve), you cannot afford service errors with your team. In fact, a strong service game will result in easy points. These drills will improve your serving abilities.


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This drill is all about teaching players to serve accurately in a pressure situation. Here is how the drill works:

  • Players will divide up into two teams. Each team will be behind the opposite service line.
  • One player from each team will sit in zone 1 on the opposite side of the court.
  • As the drill starts, one player in each team will try to serve to their teammate that is sitting down.
  • When the ball is served, the player that is sitting down must catch the ball.
  • If the ball is not caught, the next player in the serving line will try to serve to the player sitting down.
  • Once the served ball is caught, the player will then sit down in zone 2 and continue through all six zones.
  • The winner is the team that can get through all six zones first.

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This drill is an individual serving drill and is focused on serving accuracy for each player. This drill will focus on each individual player’s serving ability.

  • The players will line up behind the service line.
  • The player at the front of the line will serve to the zone that is called out by the coach.
  • The player will attempt to serve to the zone.
  • For each successful serve, the player receives +1 point. If the serve is in the court but the wrong zone it is 0 points. If there is a service error or the ball goes out of bounds, it is -1 point.
  • The player serving will then go to the back of the line and so on.
  • The first player to receive 10 points wins.

Fire Away

Volleyball Serving DrillsThis last volleyball serving drill is to focus on serving short and doing it in a competition type setting. I like competitive drills as it motivates people to achieve more. The drill goes like this:

  • The players behind the serving line will try to serve the ball short.
  • As the ball is served, the passers behind the opposite serving line will try to run forward and catch the ball.
  • Server will receive one point for each ball that is not caught.
  • The passer will run back to the end line.
  • Do this drill for a set amount of time (3-4 minutes).

I hope these volleyball serving drills will improve your team’s serving abilities. It makes a huge difference to be able to get some easy points from your service game.

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