#9 Combination Drills

Drill 9.8: One on One

To teach players to break, pass, and shoot while closely guarded by an opponent.


  1. Two opposing players sit side by side facing away from wall. (O1 and O2.)
  2. At signal, both players break, coach passes ball into general vicinity of the breaking players.
  3. O3 who is positioned anywhere in playing area (this makes passer look before his throw) breaks.
  4. X1 now becomes an offensive player and breaks for the goal. O2 becomes a defensive player, guarding O1.
  5. O3 who now has ball, feeds O1 the ball. If O1 cannot get into position for a shot, he may pass back to O3 and they continue drill until a goal attempt is made.

Drill 9.9: Cross Break on Dribler

To develop timing of breaks, perfecting passes and shooting under pressure of a guard.


  1. Arrange three groups facing goal in areas as indicated in diagram.
  2. O1 starts dribble toward cage X1 the guard, faces him on the 2-yard line, O2 breaks immediately across O1 heels, X1 forces O1 to pass to O2 who rolls to receive pass, O3 meanwhile times his break cross tank to receive pass from O2. X1 then presses O1 who passes to O1 who has cut to left when X1 leaves him, and receives dry pass from O3 then shoots.
  3. To make drill more defensive have O2 attempt to pressure O3 shot if desired.
  4. After shot players return to new line as indicated in diagram.

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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