Coaching Youth Football Linebacker Fits

By FirstDown PlayBook on Jun 21, 2021

Today, we have put together a short video that talks about things to think about as you are teaching your youth football linebackers their alignments in the various defenses you install.

When you use FirstDown PlayBook’s youth football defense one of the things you notice is that we draw up every defense against fourteen different offensive formations. 

Why? Because every formation should tell your defense something about their assignments but also it tells them about their alignment. Below we have listed some of the key points we cover in the video.

It Always Starts With Gap Control

Defense is no different than offense in that there has to be an assignment and a responsibility. That is why you always see the gap responsibilities detailed with every FirstDown PlayBook youth defense. Tap here to see an example of this. Once you teach gap responsibility you can branch everything else off of this starting point.

The Linebackers Need To Know What The Defensive Linemen Are Doing

If your linebackers and linebacker coach does not know what the defensive linemen are being taught then this is an invitation for a big play. So if your defensive linemen are stunting one direction or the other it’s a good idea to let your linebackers in on it if you expect to keep your gap responsibilities straight.

Every Offensive Formation Is Different

Sure, it’s a good idea to start with a base alignment for your linebackers but when the offense comes to the line of scrimmage you should coach your linebackers to see the formation and understand where the strengths and weaknesses of every formation are. This includes seeing the backfield sets because the running backs tell a youth football linebacker a lot before the ball is ever snapped.

Want to see more about how we coach youth football linebackers their alignments? Check out this short video we recorded a few years back. The instruction and content is still as relevant as ever.

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