And today we’re going to talk about the Spikeball serve. We’re going to go over some tips, proper positioning, proper form and help you build your roundnet serve arsenal so you can use them when you play with your friends. Let’s get started!
The basic Spikeball service
First, we need to understand the basic Spikeball serve pattern. Start by facing the net. Get into a strong position by turning to the side, as if you were going to throw a ball. Hold the ball in the hand opposite the one you are going to serve with. The serving hand is up and ready to hit. Your weight should be on your back foot and you will shift it to your front foot in your hitting motion. Be sure to throw the ball in front of you and hit it towards the net, making sure your arm ends up on the other side of your body. Accuracy is important when serving and you should aim for the middle of the net or the side of the net closest to you to have the best chance of serving cleanly.
If you hit the other side of the net when serving, the ball may be pocketed or travel high, resulting in a fault. Remember, you are entitled to a second serve at the roundhouse if you foul your serve.
The 5 different services in Spikeball
There are a variety of Spikeball services you can try that can throw your opponents off balance or address one of their weaknesses.
1. The dropshot serve
The dropshot serve consists of serving the ball just off the net to make the defense move forward or even drop it to the ground. It’s most effective when you combine it with a strong serve and some deception to keep the returning player guessing.
2. The Fwango Serve
The Fwango serve is an excellent serve designed to attack the attacker’s non-dominant hand, which is the presumed weakness of most opponents. Since most people are right-handed, this serve strategy can also be used if you serve your opponent with your non-dominant hand.
3. The cut serve
The cut serve is when you apply a spin to the ball and it cuts the net away from your opponent, just like in any other sport, and it takes a weird bounce.
4. The hidden serve
The hidden serve is a Spikeball serve as the name implies that wants to hide the direction of the ball.
5. The sidestep serve
The sidestep serve is an excellent serve to force your opponent to move when he returns your serve.
If you are left-handed, the sidestep serve is ideal because you force your opponent to move and you are probably hitting him with his non-dominant hand.
Combine some or all of these serves with the Spikeball to gain an advantage over your opponent when you serve. Use your imagination to create your own serve. We could also tell you
One very important thing to remember when serving is that if you are not able to send a legal serve over the net, you will have no chance of winning that point. Now that you are an expert on serving, take what you just learned and take your game to the next level. Thanks for watching. Ball Out.
10 drills to practice your serve
The following drills will help you master the Spikeball serve. The exercises are classified by level. Remember “practice makes perfect”!
- Level 1: stand one meter from the net, throw the ball to yourself and serve it at the net using a standard serve.
- Level 2: Stand one meter from the net, throw the ball to yourself and serve it at the net using a fwango style serve.
- Level 3: Stand one metre from the net, throw the ball and serve it into the net using a sidestep serve.
- Level 4: Stand one metre from the net, throw the ball and serve it into the net using a dropshot serve.
- Level 5: Stand one metre from the net, throw the ball and serve it into the net using your non-dominant hand.
- Level 6: Stand two metres from the net, throw the ball and serve it into the net using a standard serve.
- Level 7: Stand two metres from the net, throw the ball and serve it into the net using a Fwango serve.
- Level 8: Stand 6 feet from the net, deliver the ball and serve it into the net using a sidestep serve.
- Level 9: Stand 6 feet from the net, deliver the ball and serve it into the net using a dropshot serve.
- Level 10: Stand six feet from the net, deliver the ball and serve it into the net using your non-dominant hand.