Drill 4.1: Continuous Dribble

To learn to control the ball between the arms while swimming in a straight line.


  1. Arrange players in groups of three, with two men on one side of pool with ball.
  2. X1 starts speed dribble, passing off to X2 who continues back in opposite direction passing off to X3 and so on.

Variation: Requiring dribbler to make a 360° spin in the middle of the pool.

Note: This drill may be done cross tank as indicated or use length of pool if more dribbling is desired.

Drill 4.2: Circle Dribble

To learn to control the ball while dribbling a weaving pattern around a circle.


  1. Station players about two yards apart in large circle, facing center.
  2. Give one or two men in circle a ball; they dribble in a clockwise direction weaving in and out, between stationary players.
  3. When dribbler completes circle he passes ball to next player who continues drill.
  4. Reverse direction when all players have handled ball.

Variation: Allow stationary men to make (under arm) attempts to steal ball from dribbler as he passes by.

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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