#9 Combination Drills

Drill 9.12: Shoot with Trailer

To practice a straight drive in shot with a trailer, following a dribble, roll and two wet passes by your teammates.


  1. Line up players in three groups facing cage as indicated in diagram.
  2. O1 starts by dribbling toward far post of cage, O2 breaks for opposite corner, O1 rolls and passes from about 4-yard line leading O2 with wet pass, O3 starts break, X1 allows O3 to get body length ahead before he starts defensive action.
  3. O2 after receiving ball rolls and passes (wet or dry, depending on best advantage) to O3 who receives pass and trys to get shot off before X1 can defend.
  4. Drill can be started from either side of the pool.

Drill 9.13: Cross Break and Return

To develop teamwork, accurate passing, fast breaks and quick shooting.


  1. Arrange players as indicated in diagram.
  2. O1 and O2 men break in crisscross pattern while 03 and 04 break up side of pool to take up O1 and O2 original positions.
  3. O5 or O6 puts ball into play, usually with a wet pass to best available man. 05 or O6 not handling ball acts as a safety valve.
  4. Defensive X men play to cover their men defensively.
  5. Continue drill pattern without stopping until loss of ball or goal attempt.

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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