Drill 8.1: Two Egg-beaters

To develop goalie movements sideways while his arms are outstretched and reaching for the ball.


  1. Line up two goalies (or any squad members) at side of pool facing each other about three feet apart.
  2. Each starting pair has a ball.
  3. Partners start moving cross tank sideways using eggbeater kick continuing to pass ball (dry) to each other while progressing across tank.
  4. Catching and controlling the ball with two hands should be emphasized.

Drill 8.2: Arm Pits Out

To train the goalie (as well as other players) to learn to get up high out of the water and stay there.


  1. Place players at random in pool, everyone watching coach.
  2. On signal from coach who says "pits high"; players attempt to rise out of water using a fast pumping alternating frog kick (eggbeater).
  3. Object is to keep arm pits exposed above the surface until second signal calls them down.
  4. If coach raises right arm (left or both) on down signal players make additional lunge with appropriate arm(s) at imaginary ball.

Variation: Use kick up and reach drill at end of workout and eliminate players. Anyone that raises suit out of water gets to shower.

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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