Drill 3.11: Stay Alert

To improve pass receiver's split vision and teach him alertness.


  1. Form one line of five players 0 side by side, facing receiver X who is about 8-10 feet away.
  2. Give X man a ball, also give ball to one of the players in 0 line.
  3. X man passes ball to any member of 0 line, and other ball is immediately passed to him.
  4. X attempts to keep both balls moving (and dry).
  5. Keep changing men from 0 line to take X position frequently.

Drill 3.12: Chain Reaction

To develop ability to receive and control ball while spinning to make next pass.


  1. Arrange 4 players in line about 6-8 feet apart as indicated in diagram.
  2. Start player on end passing ball to next man in line.
  3. Man receiving ball turns and faces next receiver and passes to him. Continue.
  4. Middle men make a half turn, while end men make a full turn.
  5. Continue drill for 5-10 minutes, occasionally changing player positions.

Variations: Station men lengthwise (5-6) in each file, have player at one end sprint and take position at other end of file after he has handled ball.

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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