#9 Combination Drills

Drill 9.6: Corner Triangle

To develop passing, receiving, breaking, dribbling, rolling, and shooting.


  1. Arrange players in groups as indicated in diagram.
  2. O1 starts drill on 2-yard line by passing to O2 who breaks toward O3.
  3. O2 receives ball and passes to 03 and immediately breaks toward far goal post and rolls on back to receive pass from O3.
  4. O2 then shoots if he handles dry pass or, if ball is not kept dry he must pass to O3 who has started break toward goal on his way to the end of file (2).
  5. All players rotate after performing.

Variation: Guard may be placed into hole position to hamper shooters.

Drill 9.7: Balance

To develop passing, ball control, alertness and constant movement in front of the goal.


  1. Line up several players on both sides of pool using several balls keeping them all on O side.
  2. O1 dribbles ball across, while X1 breaks across in opposite direction.
  3. O1 passes ball to X1 who tips (1) ball into cage, immediately turning to receive second ball dry from O3 area.
  4. Upon receiving ball he turns and passes to O1 who does a rear-back and shoots (2) at cage.
  5. Players change sides after shot.

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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