#9 Combination Drills

Drill 9.10: Three Man Drive

To practice a quick break taking advantage of a temporary 3 on 2 situation, with chaser.


  1. Arrange three files of players facing goal about 6 feet apart at center line.
  2. Defensive men X position selves off post on 4-yard line.
  3. Team of three O offensive men advance ball by passing, dribbling, breaking toward goal attempting to get clear for a dry pass and shot at cage.
  4. After each offensive drive, two outside men are new defensive players. Center man returns with old defensive men back to center line changing position to outside line.
  5. Chasers delay their break to allow a temporary 3 on 2 situation on the initial drive.

Drill 9.11: Four on Three

To practice playing a half court game, with four forwards against three guards, causing defensive men to switch frequently.


  1. Arrange players in half court, give offense (4 forwards) ball. Put ball in play with free throw.
  2. Forwards must work ball into 2-yard area before they are eligible to execute a shot in each offensive series. (Ball is passed out again, all shots must be taken outside of 4 yard.)
  3. Guards keep sliding and switching, keeping in mind which players are eligible as shooters. Each time guard steals ball he passes back to goalie.
  4. Score may be kept — point for offense for each goal scored; point for defense each time goalie controls ball.
  5. 3 men on 2 drill may be used in small pools.

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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