Drill 1.17: Quick Start and Return

To practice sprint starts from treading position in the water to center of pool and return.

Drill 1.17 Quick Start and Return


  1. Arrange swimmers in two groups in the water on the 2 yard line at opposite ends of the pool.
  2. On signal (whistle) group 1 on both ends sprint to center and make touch contact with opposite partner before quick reversing and returning to starting point.
  3. Group 2 should be ready to go on next signal.


  1. Use stop watch to time best performances.
  2. Place rope line across pool at center line to be touched instead of partner.

Drill 1.18: Water Polo Relays

To promote spirit and competition within practice sessions while improving general condition.

Drill 1.18 Water Polo Relays


  1. Divide squad into four groups, with two groups in water at each end of the pool.
  2. Following are several drills that can be used and run as a continuous relay:
    1. Swim length holding ball out of the water with one hand; left and right.
    2. Swim length, holding ball out of the water with both hands on the ball.
    3. Swim length, holding ball between knees.
    4. Swim length, holding ball between feet.
    5. Swim length, passing ball back and forth between two hands.
  3. Continue as long as desired.

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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