Drill 4.3: Chase

To teach players to dribble toward center of the tank and to shoot under pressure.


  1. Arrange two groups of players in opposite corners of the pool as indicated in diagram.
  2. O1 and O4 men break on "go" signal, 02 and 03 men throw wet pass to them when they call "ball hey" or some other signal.
  3. X1 and X4 men respectively, chase offensive men with ball and try to prevent them from shooting.

Note: Defensive men should go on second whistle (usually after a one or two body length lead).

Drill 4.4: Head-Up Dribble

To force dribbler to watch where he is going and at the same time make him learn to delay or speed up.


  1. Have several swimmers X about 15 feet apart, pace back and forth, cross tank swimming with head up.
  2. Start dribblers at end of pool observing cross tank swimmers, slowing or speeding up their dribble to avoid collision with pacers and continue to other end of the pool.
  3. hange swimmers and dribblers.

Note: This can get very messy if not properly supervised!

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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