Drill 3.5: Feed Bull in Ring

To practice dry passes and speed up reaction time.


  1. Arrange players in as many circles as needed.
  2. Player in center with ball starts passing and receiving in clockwise direction to each teammate in circle; attempt to keep all passes dry.
  3. When completing circle he exchanges places with the first pass receiver.


  1. Place two men back to back in the circle using two balls.
  2. Make players spin 360 degrees after each pass reception and before making next pass.

Note: It is not advisable to use more than 5 or 6 players in circle.

Drill 3.6: Dribble and Pass

To combine elements of dribbling, rolling and making long "wet" passes; learning to properly lead breaking player.


  1. Line up players according to diagram.
  2. #1 men break, and #3 men hit them with a "wet" pass before they get to mid pool, #1 men continue to dribble.
  3. #2 men start to break as soon as #1 men get to mid pool. When #1 men get to the 4 yard line, they roll over and hit #2 men with a wet pass as they break toward them.
  4. Repeat as many times 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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