There are different types of services that Varsity players learn. The use of these services depend on your skills and competitiveness in the situation. However, a varsity player should at least master 3 services in volleyball.
For competitive Volleyball, there are three types of overhand services such as the topspin, the jump serve, and the floater. To survive in the competition you should be proficient with all three. You can try all to check which one suits you the most.
Generally, there are 4 major services in volleyball including the underhand serve, the topspin serve, the overhand serve, and the jump serve.
Here are the top 4 services in Volleyball:
The underhand serve: To begin with the underhand serve you will use your dominant hand and non-dominant foot. You can use your dominant hand for the strike. Stand on your feet with a non-dominant foot forward and shoulders width apart. Hold the ball in your non-dominant hand and cup the ball like a golf tee. Hold the ball around your waist level and out in the front. Fist the palm and strike, first using a flat side to create a flat surface to hit. Make sure the swing on your wrist is making contact with the underside of the ball.
The Jump serves: The jump serve is more advanced as you use a striking approach. You have more of an attacking position while jumping and striking the ball. In this serve your wrist will remain stiff and you will not hold your palm facing the target position. The extra jump you take gives you extra power to hit the ball, however, it’s very difficult to handle. Most of the jump servers have topspin, but a floater with a jump serve is also possible.
The Overhand serves: Overhand serves are the most commonly used competitive service in high school and college. For all your overhand service categories, you extend the ball in a non-dominant hand and keep your dominant foot backward. Then the ball will toss in front of your hitting hand, hits will depend on the type of Overhand hit you are trying to create. The major difference between different overhand servers is the type of body position of the player. The position where contact with the ball and follow-through is made will decide the type of overhand hit.
The top Spin: The top spin has more predictable movements than the floater, but the service is difficult to handle due to speed, and difficulty in passing the drops rapidly. The topspin is exactly how the ball spins rapidly forward from the top. For topspin serve you have to toss the ball a little high, and the step under the toss. Strike underneath in down and outward motion towards the top of the back.