Drill 7.12: Cross Break and Shoot

To practice selecting cross breaking player who is in best position to receive ball for a shot at goal.


  1. Arrange players as indicated in diagram (A).
  2. O1 with ball passes to either X1,or X2, breaking players who turn on their backs and continue to swim when they pass each other.
  3. Player receiving ball from 01 shoot s.
  4. Players return to new file after each series.

Note: Drill can be performed with none, one or two guards; with or without goalie.

Variation (B) diagram: 02 passes to X3 who breaks and rolls to receive pass; X4 delays break to cross over X3 heels, rolls and receives pass from X3 and shoots.

Drill 7.13: Three Rush One

To put the pressure on the shooter from all directions at the same time to make him get off the shot quickly.


  1. Station three O player groups about 20 feet from man in center X3; X1 and X2 take positions any place they wish; X2 has possession of the ball.
  2. On first whistle 01 players charge toward X3, on second whistle X2 passes ball to X3 who attempts to get shot off before O players arrive.
  3. X1 or X2 takes center position for next goal attempt while 01 men return to the end of their group file.
  4. Start next charge with O2's and continue.
  5. Change X2 position frequently.

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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