Drill 3.7: The Diamond

To teach passer to lead breaking player properly (Large pool needed).


  1. Form a large square pattern with four groups lined up facing center of square.
  2. 01 starts with dribble, then leads 02 with wet pass, who in turn passes to 03 who breaks and so on.
  3. After making pass, each player advances to the end of the next file.
  4. Reverse pattern of drill to go clockwise after all players have had a turn dribbling and passing.

Variation: Two balls can be used, starting with players #1 and #3.

Drill 3.8: Dribble and Cross Pass

To practice ball handling while dribbling, passing, breaking and looking for pass.


  1. Place players in two lines opposite each other as indicated in diagram.
  2. As one man dribbles from one side of pool, the man diagonally opposite from him breaks with head up.
  3. After passing each other, breaking player yells for ball, but continues to swim and look for the ball.
  4. The dribbler passes just at fingertip reach to the breaking player who handles the ball, dribbles a stroke or two rolls and passes to the next breaker.
  5. Beginners should be allowed to roll onto their backs for the catching phase.

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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