Drill 6.5: Game Condition Break

To alert players to game condition breaking situations. (Good practice for small squads.)


  1. Start 1/2 court 3 or 4 man scrimmage; always put ball in play from center line.
  2. Continue scrum until shot is taken, if defense steals ball, offense starts again by putting ball in play from corner throw position.
  3. If offense scores on shot, they must immediately break over center line; if goalie stops shot they must swim to the opposite 4 yard line.
  4. Defensive team X then takes over and advances attach on 0 team. Same rules apply.

Drill 6.6: Three on Two

To practice quick break and taking advantage of an extra man on offense.


  1. Arrange 3 files of players facing goal about 6 feet apart, 15 yards away from goal line.
  2. Defensive X players position selves off post on 4 yard line.
  3. Team (3 offensive O men) advances ball by passing, dribbling and breaking and must attempt to shoot at goal before 6 moves have been made.
  4. After offensive drive has taken place, men go back to end of file changing positions in line.
  5. Change guards after each complete series of offensive drives.

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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