Drill 7.14: Pop or Push Shot

To practice receiving a variety of passes from teammates followed by a straight dribble in shot.


  1. Arrange players in four groups as indicated in diagram.
  2. Players in group 1 and 3 (passers) dribble away from goal line while men in group 2 and 4 (shooters) break in from center line toward goal.
  3. Passing groups use a backhand, or push pass, and shooters execute a pop or push shot at goal.
  4. After each person in group has had a chance to shoot, the ball goes to the opposite group so that other players can shoot.
  5. After each player has taken a shot, start drill over again using a different type pass.

Introduction to Goalie Drills

The goal guard's position is probably the most important defensive spot on the team. Outstanding goalies are rare and well worth their weight in water polo balls. No matter how successful a team becomes offensively, the best offense is only as good as your defense. The goalie is the key man in any defensive system. Some coaches will not hesitate to put their best field player into the cage if he possesses the fastest reactions and shows exceptional agility for the position. Too often, one finds the weakest player or slowest swimmer placed as goalie.

The goalie needs to possess some natural ability along with the desire and fortitude to play this demanding position.

Goalie drills are essential but tend to be overlooked because there are so many other players to consider. Don't neglect your goalie, he requires constant intensive practice and he should be required to practice the egg beater, treading and frog kicking when not involved with his goal tending duties.

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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