Drill 5.3: 270 Degree Spin

To practice the 3/4 turn and continue to dribble.


  1. Set up four lines about 15 or 20 feet apart, all groups facing player X in center of square.
  2. Drill starts with #1 player dribbling toward X player, then spins and turns away from X player continuing to dribble toward #2 man, who receives ball and repeats routine.
  3. Dribbler then goes to the end of the next line.
  4. Practice drill with movements to right and left; also by having center man (usually a goalie) make a pass at stealing the ball from the dribbler.

Drill 5.4: 360 Degree Circle Spin

To develop the ability to spin or pivot in a complete circle before making a quick accurate pass.


  1. Place 5 or 6 players in a circle with a radius of 10 feet; any number of circles may be used.
  2. Give ball to any player who starts a spin passes to next man, the receiver then spins the ball on the surface of the water again and passes to the next man.
  3. Continue drill, reversing direction of passes and using right or left hand spins.

Variation: To add difficulty to drill, start the circle moving.

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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