Drill 6.1: Stop, Go or Reverse

To develop quick reactions and alertness to referee's whistle.


  1. Arrange swimmers in groups at end of pool.
  2. Players start on coach's whistle, sprint toward the other end of the pool, stopping and starting on each successive whistle.
  3. This drill may be conducted in waves, starting second group on fourth blast of whistle.


  1. Have swimmers reverse direction on each whistle.
  2. Have swimmers swim on back, then front on every whistle.
  3. Swim, and on whistle, come up "egg-beating" before reverse.

Drill 6.2: Three Man Game

To practice breaking, getting jump on your opponent, trapping the ball, and passing to teammate while under pressure of a guard.


  1. Players work in groups of three with one ball for each group.
  2. (A) O1 puts ball into play by passing to any spot in pool, giving 02 and O3 equal opportunity to sprint and get to ball. Assume O2 obtains possession, O3 immediately becomes a defensive player attempting to block 02 from passing to O1 who breaks in any direction after his initial pass.
  3. After O2 passes, be must also break away from O3 to be in position to receive a return pass from 01.
  4. (B) If O2 is successful in receiving pass from O1 he starts next drill series. If O3 intercepts last pass, he gets to start next series.

Note: In a large pool several groups can conduct this drill simultaneously.

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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