Drill 8.11: Go Right - Go Left

To give goalie practice in getting both hands on the ball.


  1. Have two players stationed 12-15 feet in front of cage.
  2. They take turns shooting at cage, always to same side, taking 10-20 shots in a row.
  3. Goalie attempts to get both hands on the ball, rather than just blocking each shot.
  4. Instruct shooters to start with easy "soft" shots and gradually increase power of shots depending upon success goalie is having in stopping shots.

Note: Shots to low corner are most difficult for goalie to handle with both hands.

Drill 8.12: Rack

To develop shooting and goal defending while making a partner game out of it.


  1. Two men play game together, using 1/2 of goal area only.
  2. One man serves as goalie, the other attempts any shot he desires behind the 8 or 10 yard line.
  3. If a goalie can stop more than 5 of the 10 shots attempted the shooter gets "racked".
  4. Then the two switch places for the second half of the game.
  5. "Racked" is hanging from the goal with back toward the shooter, head down and feet up; winner takes a goal throw at his exposed back from the 8-10 yard line.
  6. Make sure goal cages are strong enough to hang on.
  7. Game appeals mostly to younger players.

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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