Drill 7.4: Horse

To practice front shots from the 8 or 10 yard line and give all players a turn at being the goalie.


  1. Place players on line between 8 and 10 yard line facing the goal.
  2. Have players take turn shooting "set" shots at the goal.
  3. Every fifth player to have shot blocked (H1O2R3S4E5) must exchange places with the goalie.
  4. Every time a shot misses the cage completely the shooter must retrieve the ball then swim two lengths of the pool before returning to the shooting line.

Drill 7.5: Hit the Hole Man

To teach the "hole" man to time rise out of water and to deflect, tip or bat a long hard shot at the goal with his elbows, hands or feet.


  1. Station player OD with or without guard, on 2 or 3 yard line in front of the cage.
  2. O2, O3, O4 men take long hard shots aiming at either shoulder of hole man; about 3-4 feet above the surface.
  3. O1 "hole man" attempts to time his movements so that he can deflect shot into the cage, thus making it difficult for the goalie to judge flight of ball.
  4. Same procedure can be tried from corner throw dry pass situation. However, from this angle hole man attempts to bat ball into cage.

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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