3 Person Serve Receive

Serve Reception Rules

1.  Three communication points: precall, informational, and possession.
2.  Follow every ball out to the line, or every short ball to the net.
3.  Charge any serve going into net.
4.  Use your hands on any high serve.
5.  Two people at every ball in a seam.
6.  Only one step backwards allowed for the forearm pass.
7.  Platform to the target.

   A typical three person serve receive runs in vertical lines on the court and the players tend to move up and down the court in vertical directions.  Diagonal lanes of responsibility tries to promote movement toward the target.  The players in the serve receive form a horizontal line directly across the court, with no individual player significantly in front or behind the other.  The players start with approximately 60% of the court in front of them and 40% behind, and little more than arms length apart (which varies depending on the height and arm span of the passers).
   Studies show that a majority of the serves go to the middle of the court, to the middle player in this serve receive (approximately 50-60% of the serves).  This player should be the best passer in the serve receive, but may not always be depending on the rotation.  The next highest percentage of serves goes to the left-side

passer (facing the net).
  By moving up into the court less movement highest percentage of serves.  This serve receive challenges players to serve deep attempting to drive passers back.  Short serves are easier to pass because the line of passers are closer to the net.
  There are several keys to making this serve reception pattern successful.  The first is being comfortable on the court and understanding what is in and what is out.  If you understand that teams with control of their serves will attempt to serve you deep then you must learn to recognize what is going to land in and what is not.  The first step

Divide Court into 3 Diagonal Lanes

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