Podcast Episode 11: Keeping things simple, with Anders Kristiansson

There have been a lot of things taught to volleyball players over the years, especially when it comes to body position in the ready phase of play. Much of it, though, has seen players put into uncomfortable positions where they struggle to move efficiently. Often this lead them to “revert” back to old habits, which usually means comfortable body posters and motions.

This episode of the podcast focuses on that, not from the perspective of how to make these things permanent, but rather in terms of the desirability of avoiding burdening players with too much complexity. The focus, instead, is on making things as simple as possible.

Anders Kristiansson, who currently coaches in Japan, is a coach who influenced other top coaches. He coached teams to 26 combined men’s and women’s championships in his native Sweden, then went on to win 15 titles in Belgium and 3 more in Greece. His teams played in four CEV Champions League Final 4s and twice reached the final. Anders also coached the Swedish national team during its strongest period of international performance. He lead the team to a silver medal at the 1989 European Championships, the nation’s best ever tournament finish.

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