Drill 1.7: Wall Push Offs

To develop and strengthen leg muscles at the same time measuring effectiveness of the kick.

Diagram 1.7 Wall Push Offs


  1. Line up swimmers around the edge of the pool in the water.
  2. Start them all kicking with arms straight and hands against wall or holding gutter.
  3. Swimmers bend elbows and push off wall while continuing to kick; kick until reaching wall again and repeat procedure.
  4. Continue for set number of push offs (20-30 times) or for set time limit.

Variation: Hold gutter, kick alternately, hard then easy, for set periods of time controlled by coach's whistle.

Drill 1.8: Partner Kicking

To test individual kicking strength; forcing players to work harder by introducing the competitive element.

Drill 1.8 Partner Kicking


  1. a, Line up entire squad in water, half on side of
  2. pool and half on other opposite a partner.
  3. On signal from coach, swimmers kick to center meeting partner and place hands on each other's shoulders continuing to kick.
  4. Each swimmer tries to force his opponent back to the wall by kicking vigorously.
  5. Use various types of kicking action such as scissor, frog, or flutter.
  6. Pair off stronger and weaker kickers.

Bill's Biography

Bill Anttila
Known nationally as one of the foremost authorities on water polo, Bill Anttila was inducted in the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame on January 17, 2004. He was involved in aquatics from 1947-1984. In 1948, Bill was responsible for the inauguration of the first community college water polo program in Northern California at Stockton College. Before that, Bill began the water polo program at the University of the Pacific in 1947. He coached the Pacific Tigers for 18 years with only one losing season and his 1956 team won the league championship with a 12-2 record. Bill was also the swimming coach at Stockton College, where he won 10 NCC championships and never had a losing season.

During his 38 years of coaching water polo, his teams won 10 Northern California Championships. In 1,099 games, Anttila compiled a 759-340 overall record {.691 winning percentage}. At the time of his retirement, Anttila was the winningest water polo coach in the United States. He had the satisfaction of coaching over 50 All-Americans. He has written a book titled Water Polo Drills and Playing Hints. Anttila was inducted into the Stockton Hall of Fame in 1985. He was then inducted into the University of the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989. He is currently retired and resides in Stockton with his wife, Sisko, of 50 years.


The medal pictured above is the last solid gold Olympic medal which was given out at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics in Sweden

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