By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, May 1, 2015
St. Louis University head coach Kent Miller uses these drills to teach his players the characteristics of serving that make it hard for the opponents to return the ball. Key strategies players will learn include: serving flat and hard, serving deep and serving accurately.
Drill Summary: The three drills included in this clip are: serving through elastic, serving deep and lines and diagonals. For the serving through elastic drill, you’ll need to string a band of elastic to the top of both antennas prior to serving. The goal is to serve above the net, but below the elastic to promote a low ball with high pace. For the serving deep drill, players focus on serving to the last five feet of the court to make it harder for the opponent to return. Finally, in the lines and diagonals drill, players begin by serving directly across the court, then transition to serving diagonally.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Ever wondered how to hit a float serve? How about a serve with topspin? In this clip, University of Central florida head coach Todd Dagenais teaches you how to hit a float serve, standing topspin serve, jump float serve and jump topspin serve.
Types of Serves
Drill Summary: The first kind of serve is the float serve. For the float serve, the player stands and contacts the ball at the midline with a very firm hand. Ideally, the float serve is about 35 mph. For the standing topspin serve, the ball should travel at about 40-45 mph. To create topspin, use a very loose hand, hit underneath the ball and roll over and through. For both jump serves, hit the ball the same as you would on the ground, but step left-right-left and jump into it.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Thanh Pham, University of St. Thomas head coach, uses the “Servers vs. Passers” drill to increase server aggressiveness, work on digging tough serves and also provide some conditioning to his practices. Players will enjoy competing against the other side of the court to see who doesn’t have to run!
Servers vs. Passers
Drill Summary: In this drill, half of the team goes to one side of the court as servers and the other half goes to the other side as passers. Servers take turns serving one at a time to three passers. The rules are, if the server gets an ace, the passer closest to the ace has to run twice. If the passer does a one or two pass, they run once. If the passer does a three pass, the server runs once. Finally, if the server misses, they have to run twice.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Work on making serves tough to return.
2) Proper digging technique.
3) Shuffle and stay in front of the ball.
4) Minimize weight shift while passing.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, February 1, 2015
Lewis & Clark Community College head coach Jim Hunstein stresses fearlessness to his servers. In this drill you will learn a method of serving practice that increases the heart rate and presents a more game-like situation than static serving.
Drill Summary: Players line up in the service area on both sides of the court with one ball each. On the whistle, players serve their balls to zone 1. After serving, players run forward, assume a base position and execute a fake dig. Then, players run to the other side of the court, retrieve their ball, and do the same thing in the opposite direction. Do this for a predetermined amount of time.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Focus on hitting the correct zone on the serve.
2) Work up a sweat.
3) Make the fake dig as realistic as possible.
4) Keep using the same ball throughout the drill.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Jeff Lipton, Stevens Institute of Technology Head Coach, focuses on one of the keys to successful serving, the arm swing. Coach Lipton covers the technique and correcting any errors of the arm swing in this clinic presentation.