Drill 2.1: Bounce Ball

To teach players the knack of using ball air pressure against the water and maintaining control of the ball.

Drill 2.1: Bounce Ball


  1. Place players in pool at random at least 2 yards apart.
  2. Have players with ball press and lift; bounce and lift: exchanging hands and continually keeping ball moving.
  3. Object is to keep ball under positive control for 30 seconds, then pass off to a teammate.

Note: This drill may seem quite simple, but is of great value for a beginning player to get the "feel" of the ball.

Variation: Have player pick up ball and follow coach's verbal command on the whistle. Commands that can be used:

  1. Pass to left hand or vice versa.
  2. Dribble right, left, etc.
  3. Spin 360°.
  4. Pick up and fake a pass.
  5. Pass to next group.

Drill 2.2: Two Man, Two Ball Feed

To develop handling and passing ball with both hands while supporting self with legs alone.

Drill 2.2: Two Man, Two Ball Feed


  1. Arrange players in pairs facing each other about 6-8 feet apart; two balls to each two players.
  2. Start men passing balls, using both hands, back and forth to each other as often as possible, players staying high out of water.
  3. Emphasize keeping both hands high and passes "dry" while using "egg-beater" kick to stay up.
  4. Continue for several minutes.

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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