Youth Shoot Formation Is Simplified A FlexBone

By FirstDown PlayBook on Jun 10, 2019

The fourth FirstDown PlayBook youth football formation that we want to highlight today is our Shoot formation. In all practical terms it is a very simplified version of the FlexBone offense that shows up in many high schools and some colleges.

There are some immediate advantages to opening up your formation as a defense will typically have to loosen up a little with you.  When they cover your widest receivers it can reduce your numbers inside. If you have a quarterback who can run the football this can be a huge advantage for your offense.

However, when we talk about the Shoot formation and any formation where you spread the field a little we always feel obligated to remind you that defense does not have to spread out with you. It is important that you understand two things before you spread out your offense.

The first thing is that you now have short edges on the backside of all of your runs and even your pass protections. The bigger issue is that if your quarterback cannot hurt the defense by throwing the ball outside then don’t be surprised if they start cheating in a variety of ways.

You may begin to see defenses that dare you to throw the ball. A good defensive coordinator will completely shut down your run game unless your quarterback can carry your offense with his or her arm.

What we do today in this short video is give you two complimentary run plays out of the Shoot formation. These two football plays force the defense to defend your downhill run game and your perimeter run game. The key is that they don’t know what they are defending until right before the ball is snapped.

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