#11 Offense Patterns

Drill 11.2: Sliding Player at 2 Meters

This pattern is used especially when opposing guard plays in front of the 2 meter person.

Drill 11.02


  1. Used when defensive guard X3 plays in front or to the side of 2 meter person, enabling the 2 meter person to break to the side of the pool on the 2-yard line to receive downfield pass.
  2. When such a pass is made, the 2 meter person continues to dribble to side and back out, looking to pass to another forward breaking into scoring position.
  3. This opens up the area in front of the cage for other forwards to break forward.
Note: Other drills helps develops the 2 meter person's pass to breaking teammate.

Drill 11.3: Ladder Set-Up

This system (2-2-2) calls for a series of cross breaks using a delayed method of timing each successive breaking pair.

Drill 11.03


  1. Goalie 01 is responsible to get pass to O4 in center court.
  2. Center forward O5 not handling ball breaks and screens for ball handler O4, who continues to break down center of pool after a pass to O7 hoping to get into scoring position to take short pass from O7 to dribble in or shoot.
  3. O5 may act as a trailer for O4 while O6 and O7 move into position formerly held by 04 and 05.

Note: Other drills should be helpful in timing breaks for this offensive pattern.

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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