Drill 8.5: Receiving Goal Throw

To practice pivoting quickly away from guard and receiving ball from goalie.


  1. Arrange players in pairs as indicated in diagram.
  2. On signal "break" from goalie, O1 tries to swim away from guard and executes a quick pivot to get clear for a pass from the goalie.
  3. After O1 receives ball he passes back to goalie and both players return to end of original group.
  4. Drill continues alternating to men on other side.

Note: Emphasize tight tuck on pivot turn.

Drill 8.6: Set for Rebound Shot

Good practice for goalie to anticipate and get set to block a rebound return shot.


  1. Line up three files at the four yard line as indicated in diagram.
  2. Drill starts when X1 takes straight shot at goalie, goalie deliberately bats each shot (instead of catching ball).
  3. X2 and X3 break at same time shot is taken, to follow up with a quick shot at goal while goalie tries to recover in time to block second attempt.
  4. First wave of shooters return to end of file and drill is repeated with next group.

Note: If you think this will develop a bad habit for goalie, let him attempt to catch ball, and when he does, pass back to breaking shooter.

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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