US Olympic Gold Medallist Reid Priddy recently gave an extended interview of the podcast The Net Live. In a really interesting conversation he touched on a number of areas, including the things that he has learnt over the years and how is applying those things to the challenge of playing in the 2020 Olympics in beach volleyball. I encourage you to listen to the whole thing (the link is below).
On communication… “If we can communicate without talking, that will be an advantage.”
On probabilities… He wants to know the probability success of certain actions as both a reference point for learning and as a guide to action.
On coaches… He briefly compared Alekno, McCutcheon and Speraw, all of whom he had worked with particularly relating to errors. He said that Alekno and McCutcheon were philosophically very similar in the way they wanted to manage risk. They had set rules in place for when a player was allowed to risk and when they were had to minimise errors. The main difference was that when it came to a fifth set Alekno took away all restrictions. The fifth set was about being aggressive. On the other hand, Speraw never talked about mistakes. He never wanted his players to think about them.
On his book… for more information go to his website http://reidpriddy.com/