Drill 7.10: Follow the Leader

To follow and imitate teammate taking a variety of shots at the cage after a dribble.


  1. Players form two files facing goal about 10 yards out.
  2. Lead men in each file take turns dribbling in and attempts any type shot they desire - rest of men in file repeat same shot.
  3. Types of shots that should be attempted:
    1. Push
    2. Bat or pop
    3. Roll and back layout
    4. Front shot
    5. Underwater roll and backhand
    6. Quick sweep

Note: Have goalie try to intercept shots by catching ball with both hands whenever possible.

Drill 7.11: One Minute Shooting Test

To develop speed in shooting by taking rapid shots at a wall or backboard.


  1. Players pair off in teams in front of pool wall or backboard.
  2. O1 starts drill with ball, passing to O2 (wet or dry). O2 shoots as quickly as possible.
  3. O1 retrieves ball after each shot rebound and they repeat above procedure as many times as they can in one minute counting number of shots taken and hitting backboard or wall.
  4. Ball must rebound from the wall or backboard each time to be counted as a successful 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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