Setting Up Flag Football Plays

By FirstDown PlayBook on Aug 24, 2021

Setting up flag football plays is not that much different than tackle football. The biggest difference is that you typically have to set a pass play up off of another pass play. You rarely see two backs in the backfield in flag football because most offenses want to throw it.

Here’s the thing though. If you can generate any type of run game you are going to have a boot and/or naked package you can run off of that. Sometimes when you watch a flag football team (especially adult flag teams) it is a series of long ball misses with no plan.

Today we want to give you an example of a 5v5 flag football play with two backs in the backfield that servers three different purposes:

  1. This Series Provides a Good Mis-Direction Run To The X.
  2. It Provides a Good Slide Naked Pass Play.
  3. Also It Provides a Trick Play Off Of Both Plays (See The Last Play)

QUARTERBACK:

-SECURE THE SNAP FIRST.

-FAKE THE HANDOFF TO THE X AS YOU EXIT TO THE WEAK SIDE.

-LOOK FOR THE CENTER ON THE CORNER FIRST.

-IF THE DEFENSE SINKS THE Z SHOULD SHOW UP UNDERNEATH.

-THE F WILL PROVIDE A LATE OUTLET IF BOTH ARE COVERED.

READ: CENTER-Z-F


X: FAKE HANDOFF

-ON THE SNAP CROSS THE FORMATION IN FRONT OF THE QB.

-FAKE THE HANDOFF WITH YOUR INSIDE ELBOW UP AS YOU PASS THE QB.

-BEND TO CONCEAL THE FAKE AND CARRY OUT THIS FAKE WITH SPEED AND INTENT.


CENTER: CORNER ROUTE

-EXECUTE ACCURATE SNAP FIRST.

-BEST RELEASE TO A VERTICAL STEM EARLY.

-SELL THE DEEP VERTICAL THREAT AND GET THE DEFENDER ON HIS HEELS.

-BREAK THE ROUTE TO THE CORNER AT 10 YARDS DEPTH.

-EXPECT THIS BALL HIGH AND OUT IN FRONT.


F: SNEAK ROUTE

-ON THE SNAP TAKE A QUICK JAB STEP STRONG TO DELAY THIS ROUTE.

-YOU ARE THIRD IN THE READ.

-COME ACROSS THE FORMATION BEHIND THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE INITIALLY.

-CLIMB TO 2 YARDS DEPTH AFTER YOU PASS THE MID-POINT OF THE FORMATION.


Z: OVER ROUTE

-BASE SPLIT.

-BEST RELEASE TO A DEPTH OF 6 YARDS AS YOU COME ACROSS THE FORMATION.

-MAINTAIN THIS DEPTH AND DO NOT DRIFT BACKWARDS.

-LOOK FOR THE BALL AS YOU GET EVEN WITH THE QB ON HIS BOOT ACTION.

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