#8 Goalie Drills

Drill 8.3: Rear Ups

To build the raising up power of the goalie and teach him to get set again quickly after coming up.


  1. Have goalie sip>tting in "cocked position" near edge of pool.
  2. Coach (or another player) extends a bamboo cane out over the head of the goalie at a height just at the peak of his reach when he comes out of the water.
  3. At the command "up", the goalie attempts to touch the cane with his fingers.
  4. As soon as he gets settled in the water, give the "up" command again. Do not give him a chance to get fully set.
  5. These rear ups can be given in sets of five to begin with and both the number of sets and height of cane can be increased to make him work harder.

Drill 8.4: Hit the Spot

To have the goalie practice placing the ball accurately on a given spot from his position in the goal.


  1. Place goalie in his normal position in the cage.
  2. Have another player, who takes any position, but not past the center line, control the floating device (bicycle tire tube is best).
  3. Goalie attempts to pass the ball and hit the ring.
  4. Player with float returns the pass and moves to a different spot after each accurate hit. If goalie misses mark, player in field takes a shot at the goal.

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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