Best Offensive Plays in Youth Football

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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.

Check out my new Top / Best Plays by Formation posts on the

    1. Top 5 I Formation Plays for Youth Football.
    2. 5 Best Single Wing Plays
    3. Base 8 Beast Plays
    4. Top 5 Double Wing Plays for Youth Football

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

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  1. 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.

  2. 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?


    1. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. My top 5 in no particular order

    1. Wedge is a killer on the youth level no matter the formation.
    2. Power right out of the beast formation. The only difference is I run my best out of the Shotgun.
    3. XX counter out of a double wing look.
    4. Bubble or Tunnel screen out of Spread look
    5. Fake the tunnel and throw the wheel over the top.

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