Drill 3.1: Short Pass

To develop accuracy and control in throwing and receiving the ball.


  1. Line up two rows of players about six feet apart the length of the pool.
  2. Goalie or coach passes ball to first man announcing type of pass such as "dry", "wet", "push".
  3. Last man to receive ball dribbles it back behind line of players and takes shot at goal.
  4. Several balls can be used simultaneously; goalie or coach continues to put ball in play.
Variation: Have players spin after receiving a pass.

Drill 3.2: Long and Short Together

To practice long passes while vision is partially obstructed by players throwing short passes.


  1. Arrange players as indicated in diagram.
  2. Short passers should be about 6-10 feet apart, while long passers are about 40-50 feet apart.
  3. Use two balls in each line.

Variations :

  1. Make long pass players call out receiver's first name before passing. This helps players to get acquainted during early practice sessions.
  2. Make short pass players receive and pass with both right and left hands.

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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