I finally finished my Defensive playbook for my 5th grade pee wee football team.  After reading and watching Dave Cisar’s Winning Football Series and Coach Reed’s Winning Youth Football book, I focused on the 6-2 Wide, 4-4 Stack and Gap 8 defensive schemes for my 2008 little league tackle team.  I am not going to go into a lot of assignment detail today but here are diagrams of the base defensive formations.

6-2 Wide Defense – Diagram

6-2 wide

 4-4 Stack Defense – Diagram

4-4 base defense

Gap 8 Defense Diagram

Gap 8 Defense

You can see how easy the transition to each even front defense will be for our youth football players.  I plan on using the 6-2 Wide as our main defensive formation.  We will move to the 4-4 on long yardage situations and the GAP 8 or GAM on short yardage situations and or when we are inside the 10 yard line. 

Over the next several weeks, I will outline the assignments for each defense.  If you have any history with these defenses leave me a comment.  Just click on the comments button below this post.  Thanks!

Good luck this season and remember, Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

14 thoughts on “Even Front Defensive Schemes for Youth Football

  1. I coach 7-8 graders , we started out with a 5-3and it worked well , but a lot of are players never played before . We took a loss the 2 game of the season. I decided to try something different. I coached a team in the past that ran a gap 8 and they smoked us . I read up on it and it was a very easy defense for the kids to learn. We did t loose a game the rest of the season. The biggest thing was to make personel adjustments as the game went on . Because it’s all man to man and everyone was trying to throw on us . But with the rite movement of best on best player the gap 8 is a ferocious defense that stumps all levels of youth football coaches who play the usual 5 and 4 man fronts. I’m gonna run it this year again with a twist, possibly putting in a couple of flex lineman . Keep two back in 3 point stances like the old Cowboys teams of the 70s just to set up different attack agles. What is a good defense to compliment the gap 8, one I could make ready from a sideline call without switching personel… Like a audible? Thanks

    1. I run a 6-2 Multi Defense which is 6-2 Wide Tackle, 6-2 Tight, 6-2 Double Wide, Gap 8, 3-3 stack and 4-4 or a 5-2 monster for passing teams. You can easily move in and out of these even front defenses. Basically the LBs move out from a Gap 8 into a 6-2 and then you can adjust the Lbs, DTs and DEs to cover or uncover certain gaps. Works like a charm. If you move into the 5-2 monster you lose a DG and move a safety type or LB type player into the monster back.

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