Drill 1.11: Piggy Back

To learn to support a guard who may have a tendency to hold or hang on, at the same time develops legs.

Drill 1.11 Piggy Back


  1. Have swimmers pair off at random in deep water.
  2. Make them support partner who assumes "piggy back" position for periods of time ranging from 1-5 minutes.
  3. Vary drill by having partner place hands again supporters hips and exert continuous pressure.

Drill 1.12: Survival

An early season conditioner; making game out of treading while developing leg kick and improving split-vision.

Drill 1.12 Survival


  1. On whistle, all swimmers leave side of pool (deep) and attempt to keep their heads above water while dunking others.
  2. As soon as swimmers head goes under, he must be let up and he goes to the side (or sprints to end of pool). He is out.
  3. If one swimmer remains within a two-minute time limit, he is declared the winner; if more than one swimmer remains, there are no winners.

Note: This drill can be dangerous if not closely supervised.

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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