Drill 3.13: Push Pass and Break

To practice breaking immediately after making a push pass from dribbling position.


  1. Line up players as indicated in the diagram.
  2. O1 has possession of the ball, holds until O2 who breaks and watches ball on each stroke; 01 doesn't pass until 02 calls "ball hey"; receives it wet or dry.
  3. O3 starts break in any direction toward the goal, he must also always keep his eye on the ball and call for it before receiving it for a shot.
  4. Make drill continuous by having goalie pass ball back to O3 who is now breaking up field; O3 starts drill by passing to O4 who repeats above procedure.

Drill 3.14: Dribble and Pass

To practice several different lengths of passes while continuing to break after each pass.


  1. Line up players as indicated in diagram.
  2. X2 men with the ball start dribbling then passing to X2 men at other end of the pool who return pass immediately.
  3. Five or six passes should be made before Xi completes length of pool.
  4. Several lines can be used.

Variation: Instead of dribbling each time player receives the ball, he advances three strokes (using scissor kick) with ball held high with arm "rotating" before passing.

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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