Unbalanced Adds To Youth Football Section
By FirstDown PlayBook on May 9, 2018

FirstDown PlayBook heard a lot from the youth football coaches in the offseason about how they wanted (needed) some unbalanced or heavy type formations on offense. Most youth football coaches said that they did not want to run an unbalanced attack all the time but instead they wanted a few changeups to their existing offensive formations.

This past weekend we began taking care of that off-season request. FirstDown PlayBook will be going into the existing formations in the youth football section and installing some changeup football plays out of unbalanced or in most cases a Tackle over formation.

Here are a few things you will notice when you get in there…

FirstDown PlayBook is always going to adjust the defense to the unbalanced formation.

Why? Well, if the defense adjusts, and they should, you better have your players coached up on how to block the adjustment. The play itself still should be a good play if you block it correctly. If the defense does not adjust then you are probably going to have a huge play because you will own a significant numbers and leverage advantage.


FirstDown PlayBook will normally draw up plays from unbalanced formations that will attack the flank for youth football teams.

Just as we mention above. The best plan here is to get on the ball quickly and get the play run. This forces the defense to adjust and defend the overloaded side. If they do not then you have a great chance of out flanking the defense.

FirstDown PlayBook will draw up at least one counter play that keeps the defense honest and hurts them if they overplay the strong side of the formation.

Some defensive coaches will over coach the unbalanced formations and when the ball is snapped the entire defense is running to the strong side. Just as with any formation, it’s always a good idea to have a balanced hit chart to attack the defense strong and weak side.

Finally, FirstDown PlayBook will always include a pass or two that checks the defense and their assignment coaching.

Regardless of if you are leaving your tackle on the backside or the extra tight end there are huge plays to be made if the defense does not account for that eligible tackle position. this is something that should be checked as soon as you line up in your unbalanced formation and if the defense is not recognizing the eligibles or is cheating then a pass to the weak side tackle position should get called.

We started with the Double Wing formation and we will do this for all of our existing youth football formations before the fall kickoff shows up. Take a look at this short video to learn more.

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