Drill 1.13: Pass the Brick

A variation of treading which adds the weight of a ten-pound diving brick to support while kicking.

Drill 1.13 Pass the Brick


  1. Arrange swimmers at random in deep water.
  2. Start one swimmer supporting a diving brick above the surface of the water; on each signal (whistle) he must hand it off to another swimmer.

Note: Barbell weights make a good substitute for diving bricks.

Drill 1.14: Six Forward and Three Back

To learn to anticipate quick change of direction which is constantly necessary in the game.

Drill 1.14 Six Forwards and Three Backs


  1. Line up swimmers in groups at end of the pool.
  2. Group 1 takes off swimming 6 strokes, then quick
  3. reverse and takes 3 strokes in the opposite
  4. direction, then quick reverse and repeat until
  5. reaching other end of tank.
  6. This drill can be worked in waves with several groups swimming at same time.

Variation: Have swimmers stroke 6 on back then 3 on face or 6 on face and then 3 on back, etc.

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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