Drill 3.9: Two Feeding One

To develop leg kick and split vision while trying to keep two balls moving and dry.


  1. Arrange players in groups of three, with two balls assigned to each group.
  2. Two men side by side, each in possession of ball, face third player about 5-6 feet away; they start by alternately feeding dry passes to third player's right then left hand.
  3. #3 man attempts to pass back quickly to man from who he received the ball, and be ready to do same with other pass.
  4. Object is to stay up high in water, keeping arms free while returning ball to the two feeders.
  5. Change places when #3 man misses.

Drill 3.10: Trap and Pass Off

To practice passing to breaking teammate while under strong pressure.


  1. Place offensive players (trapped between pool wall and defensive guard) each with a ball on opposite sides of pool at about 8 yard line.
  2. Arrange middle men in file at center line (chaser may be added if desired).
  3. O4 starts drill with ball; passes to O1 who is breaking toward goal. O1 receives ball dribbles and shoots, X defensive men attempt to prevent pass.
  4. Alternate "trapped" players and repeat drill from other side.
  5. Shooter becomes next defensive man on side from which he received pass; passer moves to middle file, etc.

Note: Instruct passer to get perpendicular shoulder position on his defensive guard so that he can see breaking player and to make passing easier.

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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