Drill 5.1: Zig-Zag 90 Degree Spin

To practice quarter turn changes in direction when dribbling.


  1. Line up players as indicated in diagram.
  2. Start men with ball dribbling at 45 angle from wall.
  3. Continue dribbling cross tank changing direction 90 every 2 or 3 strokes.


  1. Allow dribbler to pick up ball with a momentary fake pass, drop ball in front and continue dribble, alternate pick up hand.
  2. Pick it up and sweep it across the front of your body to about a 45 degree angle on the other side, then set it down and dribble a few more strokes, then repeat with other hand and sweep in other direction.
  3. Have players swim and dribble length of tank changing direction 90 on every whistle.

Drill 5.2: 180 Degree Turn Spin

To practice the half or reverse turn without touching the ball during the spinning action.


  1. Place players in lines with three or more in each group.
  2. First man in each line dribbles ball about ten feet, performs a 180° spin turn by guiding ball between arms. When turn is complete he passes to next man in line and returns to end of line.
  3. Practice both right and left hand turns.

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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