Drill 3.15: Pass Under Pressure

To learn to make quick and accurate passes under the pressure of a guard.


  1. Line up as many groups as can be handled at end of pool.
  2. X1, X2, and X3 are lined up, as indicated in diagram. X3 man has the ball.
  3. On a whistle, X1 breaks away, X2 pursues, X3 who has the ball, dribbles one or two strokes, rolls over and hits X1, breaking away.
  4. After pass, each player moves to anew position X2 to X1, X3 to X2 and repeat. X1 goes to opposite end of pool or to the end of the line.
  5. X2 should be at the knees of X3 when whistle is blown.

Drill 3.16: Passing Relays

To introduce the competitive element so as to increase passing speed and recovery time.


  1. Arrange players in pairs, side by side or tandem, comprising 3 or 4 teams.
  2. Following relay type passing can be practiced by moving from 4 yard line to opposite 4 yard line and return. Coach must specify minimum number of passes that must be completed each length.
    Type of relays are as follows:
    1. Pass ball back and forth between two partners (wet or dry, using left or right hand only).
    2. Pass tandem style, one swimmer swimming on back facing partner swimming crawl (use dry passes).
    3. Pass tandem style with both men swimming crawl, lead man passes blind over head to trailing partner who returns wet passes.

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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