Stand facing the net with the foot opposite the hitting hand forward.
The ball is held at waist level.
The player leans forward as they swing their arm foreward and contact the ball.
The hand holding the ball is dropped just before the contact.
The player hits underneath the ball with the fist or heel of the hand.
The hitting arm follows through in the direction of the target.
High ball toss.
Same foot as hitting arm forward.
With firm wrist, arm toss the ball 18 inches - so that the ball falls to the spot just inside of the lead foot and in line with the hitting shoulder.
HAND UP AND BACK BEFORE THE TOSS
Elbow and hand are at shoulder height or above throughout the entire serving motion.
Shift weight to lead foot, or step forward, as you make contact with the ball.
SWING TO TARGET
Wrist firm throughout serve.
Contact with heel of hand through middle back of ball.
The contact should sound like a "thud", not a "slap" sound.
Hand follows ball to target.
Finish with hand alongside or within body line.
HANDS UP EARLY SHAPED LIKE THE BALL
Wait for ball with hands 4 to 6 inches above forehead.
Thumbs and index fingers form a triangle through which you can see ball (triangular window).
Rest of hands form the shape of a ball.
ONE AND FREEZE
The correct contact point is just above the forehead (hairline).
When contacting the ball, the hands move in one direction only.
Freeze with arms fully extended in the direction you want the ball to go. (Hands are the same distance apart upon completion as they were during coantct.)
Hands follow the ball.
FOREHEAD AND HIPS
The correct body position is with the ball, forehead, and hips in a vertical line.
FACE THE TARGET
With your right foot forward, square off to target with shoulders and feet before you deliver set
Face your sweet spot (for outside sets - the point on the left sideline that is 3 feet from the center line) for all of your sets
BOW AND ARROW
As you leave the leave the floor to jump, pull the hitting arm back with the elbow and hand at shoulder height or higher.
The hand should be open and relaxed, with the plam facing away from the ear.
The elbow should swing forward and raise above the head.
Then the arm and hand swing over the top as the heal of the hand contacts the ball.
This is followed by the palm and fingers, which then snap through the ball.
Contact point is slightly in front of and as high as possible above the hitting shoulder.
Right - Left finish. (for right handers)
Left - Right finish. (for left handers)
Three step or four step approach (both o.k.)
Important to both approaches is to make the step preceding the step close a long and explosive one.
Also, important to both approaches is to keep the knees bent for all approach steps.
Finally, be sure to face your range spot when you make your step close.
Jump up (vertically) to meet ball.
Contact the ball at the peak of your jump with a straight arm.
Check landing spot, which should not be more than a distance of one foot past the contact point.