Drill 7.2: One, Two, Three - Shot

To practice short passes in scoring territory and to be on balance and ready to shoot after receiving the third pass.


  1. Line up two groups (forwards on 4-yard, and guards on 8-yard line) facing each other.
  2. First pass starts with any player receiving ball from the goalie.
  3. Players continue passing to each other. On third pass receiver must shoot - outside line taking front shots, and front line players taking backhand, tip or sweep shots.
  4. Passes to front line may be wet or dry, to back line always dry.
  5. Goalie should alternate his passes to both lines.
  6. Passes may also be made to men in the same line.

Dril 7.3 : Ring the Bell

To add incentive for shooting for the corners of the cage and advertising a good shot.


  1. Hang a cow bell in each corner of the goal cage.
  2. Players attempt to ring the bell while practicing various shooting drills.
  3. This encourages players to hit the corners and adds a little zest to many of the drills.


     (A) Player dribbles in; passes to himself (self-toss) and shoots.
     (B) X1 drives in toward goal calling for ball. 02 passes as X1 rears back and takes shot.

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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