#9 Combination Drills

Drill 9.4: Dribble Option

To practice dribbling with trailing guard and having option to pass off to a teammate or shot at goal.


  1. Place two offensive and two defensive men in front of the cage on the 2-yard line and place others about 10 yards out as indicated in diagram.
  2. O1 breaks and dribbles toward cage with ball; guard X giving him about 1/2 body length lead.
  3. When O1 gets to 4-yard line he can either pass off to O2 or O3 or shoot.
  4. X1 and O1 take defensive position on 2-yard line other players also changing position for next drive.

Drill 9.5: Jamming Four

To practice dribbling toward cage with defensive pressure and cross breaking to add to the confusion.


  1. Line up players as indicated in the diagram.
  2. O1 and X1 start breaking (O1 has ball). O2 and X2 also break and cross outside of 4-yard line.
  3. O1 who has ball can either attempt a shot or pass off to O2.
  4. Note possible jam when all players cross at 4-yard line.
  5. Start ball from either side.

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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