Get To Know Your Youth Football Roster
By FirstDown PlayBook on Jul 13, 2020

Like it or not, your youth football team is what it is, meaning that you likely can’t go draft or recruit another player to bolster your roster. From a strategy standpoint, you should look at your roster BEFORE you decide what offense or defense you are planning to run.  Here are some basic questions to ask yourself:

  • Do we have a quarterback that can threaten a defense with his or her arm? The odds are that 99% of the time the answer is no if you coach youth football but it’s worth finding out. Why? Because if you happen to have one, then the defenses will line up totally different against you than they will vs a quarterback who is only a run threat.
  • Do I have a roster full of larger more physical players or are they small and quick? Let’s face it they are all pretty small at this age but everything is relative, right? Your style of offense should lend itself to mis-direction and a perimeter attack on offense if you are smaller. A power philosophy will suit you better if you have bigger players who will struggle with skills like pulling.
    • The same applies for defense. If you have larger players, then a 6-2, with six hands in the dirt may suit you better than a 4-4, which fits a roster dominated by linebacker and defensive back body types.
  • How experienced is your roster? This will play into the decision making on a couple of things. It should affect the decision on how complex your plays and defenses are and also how many plays and defenses you run.

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