Drill 8.7: Rush the Goalie

To teach the goalie to get rid of the ball quickly when he gains possession after a goal attempt.


  1. Arrange players in a semi-circle 8-10 yards out facing goal.
  2. Position another player O1, facing goal on 2 or 3 yard line.
  3. Any player in semi-circle shoots at cage. If goalie catches ball O1 rushes him; goalie must get pass to shooter who breaks in any direction after shot.
  4. If goalie blocks shot O1 attempts to get ball to make follow up shot.
  5. If shooter misses cage completely, he must retrieve ball.
  6. Change 0 man after everyone has taken shot.

Drill 8.8: Short Shot

To sharpen goalie reaction and develop shooter's confidence and accuracy in placement of short shot.


  1. Place individual shooter about 5 feet from goalie.
  2. nstruct shooter to take shots, aiming just outside of goalie's ear.
  3. Goalie attempts to block shot by deflecting ball with shoulder or head.

Note: This is a difficult shot for goalie to stop. Select an accurate shooter and be sure that he does not throw directly at goalie's face.

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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