Drill 1.9: Egg-Beater

To develop alternating frog kick and strengthen legs; a must drill for goalies.

Drill 1.9 Egg-Beater


  1. Line up swimmers at side or end of pool.
  2. Have swimmers place both hands on head and negotiate length of pool using egg-beater (alternating frog kick).
  3. Drill should be practiced going forward, side-ward and backward. Emphasize distance out of water.

Drill 1.10: Treading Variations

To strengthen legs for ability to rise high out of the water to intercept passes and improve shooting ability.

Drill 1.10 Treading Variations


  1. Arrange players at random in deep area of pool facing the coach.
  2. Swimmers tread water and imitate coach's actions on deck.
  3. The coach holds each of the following positions as long as he sees fit:
    1. Elbows out of the water, hands behind neck.
    2. Right arm extended, alternate action.
    3. Pike position, seat high out of water.
    4. Both arms extended.
    5. Both g hands on head.
    6. 3600 spin with any combination of the above.
  4. Finish drill by having players attempt to show swim suit on "up" command, using arms and leg kick to rise out of the water.
Variation: Suspend a rope across the pool as a target for the players to touch

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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