Drill 8.9: Lob Shot Defense

To give goalie practice in defense of the "lob" shot from corner angle shots.


  1. Line up players as indicated in diagram with two equal groups on each side of the pool outside 4-yard line.
  2. X1 dribbles and stops, fakes a shot to get goalie up and off balance, then lobs ball, attempting to hit far corner of cage.
  3. Goalie must attempt to stay up, using arm toward far corner of the cage for sculling support, while stretching other hand to deflect lob shot while falling back.
  4. Alternate drill from side to side, 01 starting next dribble.

Drill 8.10: Bombardment

To make goalie recover quickly after blocking shots taken in rapid fire fashion.


  1. Players line up five to a group outside the four yard line. Give ball to all members of first group.
  2. On each whistle they shoot successively, X1, X2, X3, etc. Goalie only attempts to deflect or bat shots taken, getting ready for next shot.
  3. When group one completes "bombardment" they retrieve the balls and pass them to the next group in line, then take their place behind last group.
  4. Instruct players not to aim their shots directly at goalie but attempt to hit the corners or shoot for spot between goalie's shoulder and water level.
  5. Drill also gives shooters good penalty throw practice.

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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