Best Offensive Plays in Youth Football

Top Youth Football Offense - Pirates Beast Wide SweepWhat are the best offensive plays in Youth Football?  I am sure we will argue over the best youth football plays, but I am going to take a shot at my favorite football plays for pee wee offenses ages 6 to 12 years old.  After watching and coaching youth football games for almost 20 years, here is my top 10 offensive play list for youth football:

  1. Beast Right Tank – QB Off-Tackle Right 16 Dive
  2. Double Wing FB Wedge – FB 40 Gut Wedge
  3. Spread 2MO Jet TB Sweep 27 – TB Motion 27 Sweep Left
  4. Spin 2MO 38 Double Reverse – Fake Spread Jet Sweep WB Double Reverse Right
  5. Double Wing TE Pop Pass 90 Backside – Quick 7 to 10 yard pass to backside TE
  6. I Formation 35 WB Counter – Fake Dive and Sweep Right WB Counter Left
  7. Single Wing 28 TB Sweep – Power Sweep Right
  8. Spin 3MO 45 FB Dive – WB Motion direct snap to FB backside dive
  9. Split Wing Left 36 HB Cross Buck Counter – Fake 25 cross delayed dive to a 36 dive right
  10. Power I Left TB 23 Power Lead Dive Overload – Strong Unbalanced Line Double lead dive to three hole

I just remembered I like the Spread Jet 3Mo Half Back Y90 Pass too, but that’s another list.  I am sure you have your favorites too.  Please leave them in the comments and we can discuss.  In the next few posts I will try to draw these plays up and discuss them in detail, explaining why I like them based on  performance and aesthetics.  I really wish I could get my youth players to learn all these formations and set these plays up as my offensive playbook.  Well, maybe I will this Spring since I will be coaching players about to go into the 6th grade.

What are your favorite youth offensive plays?  Let me know I would love to hear from you.

Remember, Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

Good Luck this Season,
Coach Parker
Keller, Texas, DFW, Dallas, Fort Worth, Texas



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14 responses to “Best Offensive Plays in Youth Football

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  3. Shane Collins

    Dub tights 21 trap… averaged 15 yards per carry with play with my 5-6 year olds… once you get them to form that ball its automatic

  4. blake

    I really like the isolation play out of double tight split back set

  5. Smith

    My son’s team hasn’t scored a touchdown in 4 seasons. Is there a simplistic explanation as to how/why this could happen? We have had a variety of players and assistant coaches over the years, but overall I’d say turnover has been high due to our losing seasons. We have had many talented, highly athletic players come through, and today the only “original” kids are the coach’s son (who is quarterback) & my son. It has been extremely frustrating, to say the least, and nothing seems to be changing. Can you offer any insight or encouragement?

    • Mike

      My first piece of advice is to get as far away from that coach as you can. The first goal of any youth coach should be that his players have fun and WANT to return next season.

    • I would say find another team that scores TDs. A history of success will be a good reference for a new team. I do not know your Head Coach but this is really unheard of in my experience. Not scoring a TD in 4 seasons. Something is wrong with the offensive coaching of this team. Parents and players will not stick with a losing team or head coach. I would find a new team that knows how to win. Its that simple.

  6. Robb Clark

    trips bubble screen if you have a qb that can throw

  7. Ron

    wedge from the unbalanced sw. Will demoralized a youth defense quickly

  8. Ron

    I would say wedge from the single or double wing. Power is also usually hard to stop in those formations. And my finally and favorite is the outside veer from the split back with 1 or 2 TE’s. Youth DE’s are usually taught to “box” and by the time they realize that they should have taken the dive back and not the QB, it is too late.

  9. gary

    Hey man i think this is fantastic. We are trying to build the sport here in Canada for the tykse through bantam as it is obviously not as big as in the U.S.
    We are just north of Toronto and we are finding that bc of the experience some of the larger demographics have in their players we have a hard time being competitive. Can you offer some insight or thoughts on the best aproach for a coach who has a team without the knowledge or experience to be more competitive or a primary focus? Its been suggested to run a more limited playbook but teach the kids to run a handful of plays but try to get them to run them as perfect as their skill levels will allow. Any thougjts on that?


    • Read youth football books by Cisar, Reed and others. I would stay with plays your coaches know. I personally run a multi-formation offense but if your coaches are new to the game I would probably run an single wing or double wing offense. On defense, I would like at a Gap 8, 6-2, 70 and 3-3 stack defenses. Read, research and learn. Attend clinics when you can.

  10. Emilio

    I’ve played/coached football at various levels, but am coaching 3rd&4 th graders for the first time (although I’ve worked in other capacities with this age group). Anyway, I really like a basic I formation (two tight ends, one tight end, or the receivers spread) with an iso play that sets up a reverse to the slot receiver, boot leg, or play action pass. What advise do you have? Does this sound age appropriate and all?

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