#9 Combination Drills

Drill 9.14: Rose Parade

To combine all elements of an offensive attack which requires a great deal of swimming and alertness.


  1. Two files of players form on 4-yard line about goal width apart, facing offensive goal. Two goalies are needed.
  2. X1 and O1 start first breaking wave, followed by X2 and O2 (second breaking wave) about two body lengths behind. Goalie O5, passes to either O2 or X2, O2 receives wet pass and continues to dribble until X1 or O1 who roll and continue on back until they receive pass from O2. If O1 receives dry pass he then passes to XI immediately (also dry), in meantime, X2 continues to break down middle to be in scoring position to receive final pass from X1, then he shoots. 02 continues down field to retrieve ball or a follow up shot.
  3. X1 and O1 turn and break back hoping to receive ball from O6 goalie and continue to dribble it back to O5 goalie, X2 and O2 also break back to starting line.
  4. X3 and O4,X4 and O4 repeat drill as soon as area ahead is clear. (Use at least 2or 3 balls).

Drill 9.15: Defensive Anticipation

To learn proper defensive positioning and anticipation, defense to offense.


  1. Divide team into groups of three, white hats on one group, blue on the other. Layout on 4-yard line, opposite ends, facing each other. O goalie has ball.
  2. On coach's whistle 0 players sprint two strokes down tank, roll back and call for ball from goalie, pass is made.
  3. As O players progress across center line with ball, blow whistle for X players (defense) to move on them.
  4. X's play man to man, one attacking ball, others play a loose screening position (in front or in position to break off man when ball is shot, pass intercepted or stolen) ready to drive down on quick break situation.
  5. When ball changes hands, X players try to score from advantage break gained from anticipation. O's attempt to cover on defense. Drill continues on a 3-3 scrimmage until goal is scored.
  6. Next group starts when goal is scored.

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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