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Best Offenses for Youth Football
In youth football, scoring is the key to success. Having a solid offensive attack not only puts points up, but it keeps the opposing offense off the field. Practice often!
Youth Football I Formation
The I formation, also known as the “Power I” is probably the most commonly used offense. This offense consists of 5 linemen, and a 2 tight-ends or split-end option. There are many different alignments for the I formation.
The I formation is the definition of power football. For decades football coaches have been using the power I. This offense has with stood the test of time, because it is still a youth football favorite. This offense is simple and easy to implement. This offense is a balanced set (can go unbalanced) for the most part, which gives the defense no strong side. This will thin out and make the defense play the whole formation. The “blast” play is the staple of this offense. The sweep play is also a decant play out of this formation. On the sweep play it is imperative that you get your back running down hill. Inside traps and counters work well in this offense. Pulling linemen, and filling with the fullback is also easy to do in this offense. The Power I is very youth football friendly. Check out our comprehensive youth football I-Formation e- playbook.
Youth Football Double Wing Offense
The Double Wing offense has become popular recently. I see the Double Wing about 2-4 times per year. This offense consists of 5 linemen, 2 tight-ends, 2 wing-backs, and a full back. This offense is difficult to stop, and will execute well at the youth football level.
The Double Wing is all about getting blockers to the point of attack. This offense will pull the backside guard and tackle nearly every play. There are double teams at the point attack on each play. One of the wing-backs goes into a short fly motion, and receives a shovel pitch. The motion back is also used for deception. This offense has the “wedge” play, which is probably the most effective play in this offense. The wedge is a nightmare to stop. The Double Wing is an explosive offense in youth football! It is easy to implement and the kids will love it. Watch this “Double Wing Super Power” video, an explosive play with 9 guys at the point of attack! This is a very powerful offense and is one of the best offenses for youth football .
Youth Football Wing T Offense
The Wing T offense consists of 5 linemen, 2 wing-backs, 1 tight-end, 1 split-end, and 1 full-back. This offense is one of the original offenses. When coaches think of the Wing T offense, they think of the Delaware Wing T, made famous by Harold R. Raymond. This offense has history and is really one of the best series based offenses.
The Wing T offense is all about deception, forcing the defense have to defend 5 players each play. This offense works all off blocking angles and out flanking the defense. The Wing T has a nasty series of plays which include: buck sweep, belly, fullback trap, counters, and waggle. This offense is best used with some sort of motion (jet, rocket, or fly). This offense is one of the best offenses for youth football because of it’s deception. This offense has multiple players going in different directions; this will confuse a youth football defense. Experience this dominant offense first hand; I think the Wing-T is one of the best offenses for kids football. I have been managing it for a long time with great success. Get the youth football Wing T Jet Series e- playbook!
Youth Football Wishbone Offense
The Wishbone offense is common in youth football, I see this O a few times each year. Wishbone has 2 tight-ends, 5 linemen, 1 fullback, and 2 half backs. Also a split-end can be used instead of just two tight-ends. This is also a balanced formation (even threats on each side of the field).
The Wishbone is a great ‘power’ O. It gets many blockers to the point of attack. Having a 3 man backfield will allow cross, trap, pull blocks from the linemen. One of the 3 backs can be used to fill the void from the pulling or trapping linemen. It has a great counter game; the defense will lose the ball when the 3 running backs are going in different directions. This offense can have a solid play action passing game, as long as you are running the ball successfully. I would recommend this offense because of its simplicity, it’s a preferred offense for many coaches.
Youth Football Single Wing Offense
A great point about the Single Wing offense is the unbalanced formation. Youth football defenses tend not to shift to the unbalanced offense. They might shift, but most of the time they really do not adjust completely, allowing them to be out manned at the point of attack.
This offense is all about double teams at the point of attack, along with kick out and crack blocks at the edge. The Single Wing offense is certainly deceptive. Using different motions will add to the deception. The wedge play, like the double wing wedge is really difficult to stop. This offense will take a number of reps to get the timing down with the direct snap and motion, but all in all it is a powerful offense.
Youth Football Split-Back Formation
The Split-Back offense is an offensive I have used in the past with great success. This formation features 5 linemen, 1 tight-end, 1 slot-back, 1 split-end, and 2 split half backs. This offense is not as common in youth football.
This offense has a killer counter running game. The misdirections work really well, when the split backs cross. Having a slot back will also give you a good flanking angle on the defense; the slot can crack the defensive end on sweeps. The slot can also carry the ball on reverses and traps. The slot can also be a valuable pass receiver. This offense is also an option friendly offense; load option – blocking defensive-end or read option (reading defensive end). This offense is also relatively basic; powers, counters, sweep and traps all run smoothly out of this formation. The split back formation is one of the most common and one of the best offenses for youth football.
Youth Football T Formation
The T Formation is all about balance. This offense consists of 5 down linemen, 2 tight ends, and 3 running backs. The left half back lines up over the left guard. The middle running back, full back type player is lined up behind the quarterback. The right half back lines up behind the right guard. All three backs are 4-6 yards back.
This offense is a great power running offense. It is much like the I formation & wishbone, with multiple lead blockers out of the back field. This is an off-tackle based offense, because getting out side can be difficult. The T formation also has deadly counter and trap plays. The running backs going in different directions will really create confusion for the defense. Youth football defenses tend to bite to the side where the quarterback opens up to first. The power running game will set up easy down and trap blocks on trap and counter players. Play action passing can be successful out of this formation. Overall this offense is a solid choice. It is as simple as it gets.
Youth Football Flex-bone Offense
Flex-bone offense (Get this 90 page playbook free when you sign up for YFO Advanced Plays subscription!) consists of 5 down linemen (center, guards and tackles) 2 wide receivers, 2 slot backs, quarterback and fullback. This offense has been around the block. Georgia Tech has been known for their mid-line and option attack out of this formation. This is a very option friendly offensive formation. High schools run option/midline out of this formation with much success.
This formation can also be used on the youth football level, though it is not very common. What is effective about this formation is that it has a wide receiver/ wingback flank. Much like the wing t offense, this offense uses the slot back to out-flank the defense. Crack blocking with in youth football is a killer block. You can crack the edge defender with the slot and crack an outside linebacker with the wide receivers (or vice versa). With the crack blocking by the wide receivers and slot backs it your full back to be able to lead block on sweeps. Motion can also be used in this formation easily with much success. The motion will add speed and deception to this formation.This offense is underused and underrated in youth football. It can be an explosive option for your team. Motion and option series out of this formation are “lights out”.
All these offenses have are commonly used in youth football. O’s such as the Spread are beginning to grow in popularity, but these are the best offenses for youth football. Adjust according to your talent. Find plays that give your team the best chance for success.