Ohio Stick Flag Football Concept
By FirstDown PlayBook on Mar 14, 2019

Regardless of what level of football you play or coach there are really two types of reads for your quarterback. There are coverage reads which are dictated by the number of deep safeties the defense is playing along with the element of man coverage or zone coverage to be considered.

There are also passing game plays where the read is predicated by reading a progression of receivers. This is when the quarterback is taught to read receivers one, two, three and throw to the first receiver who is open in that progression. This can also be called a concept read.

There is a lot of carry over when it comes to teaching passing game concepts in flag football. After all a curl/flat concept is the same regardless of if you are wearing a helmet or a flag. However, in our opinion, there is a slight difference when it comes to teaching the quarterback reads.

Teaching a flag football quarterback to read the middle of the field as either open or closed can be tricky because there are fewer players on the field. Because off this FirstDown PlayBook sticks primarily to the concept or progression reads when it comes to teaching flag football quarterbacks.

Today we break down the Ohio Stick concept to make our point and to teach the read for this flag football play that you can lean on when your quarterback doesn’t have a lot of time to get the ball out of their hand!


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