3-5-3 Defense Youth Football Multiple Coverage Stack Defense

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3-5-3 youth football defense

3-5-3 Defense Youth Football is an interesting multiple coverage stack Defense that is great against passing Spread Offenses. Recently a youth football coach in my Facebook forums ask me about the 3-5-3 Defense Youth Football and to “Coach Parker it” for youth football. So, Here are my first thoughts on the 3-5-3 Defense for Youth Football. Part 1, Stayed tuned for more.

I have used this 353 Defense in the past against older youth football 11/12U Spread Offensive Teams. We moved from a Multi 62 using the 33 Stack and moved into a 5-3 then 52 Monster and then into the 3-5-3 against 2×2 Spread passing teams. This multi 30 3-5-3 front worked really well for us as a Defensive passing package and I love it as a 33 Stack stunt blitz package. We have had trouble about 50% of the time with the 33 Stack at younger ages because they were not aggressive enough to blitz.

In the past I’ve been hesitant to talk about our 3-5-3 schemes because in my opinion they are more difficult for youth players to learn. But if you have a high football IQ, experienced travel / select youth football team with a ton of speed and 3 monster defensive linemen, great open field tacklers, then this 3-5-3 Defense can be FUN.

3-5-3 defense youth football scheme diagram

3-5-3 Defense Youth Football

What do I like about the 3-5-3 Defense?

  • Multiple Front Alignments / Great Hybrid Defense
  • Great Against Spread
  • Stunts for Defensive Linemen
  • Blitz Packages for the Linebackers
  • Hard to Block by Offenses
  • Man & Zone Coverages for Secondary
  • Strong Pass Defense
  • Strong Running Defense using 6 to 8 fronts
  • Simple to Sophisticated based on Installs
  • Good for youth teams with few DLM
  • Great for Select / Travel and Older experienced Youth Football Teams

Here are some issues using the 3-5-3 in Youth Football

  • Many Coaches in my research said its a package in their overall Defense
  • Coaches said they use this 3-5-3 because they do not have big DLM
  • It has issues with outside Sweep / Option Plays
  • Weak against short yardage power plays and goal line only 3 DLM
  • 3-5-3 Defense must have great aggressive linebackers
  • 3-5-3 Defense needs great open field tacklers
  • The 3 DLM need to be great and NG is better if a stud player
  • Tight Ends sometimes break free
  • Many coaches want a huge Nose Guard with great feet to play 2 gap
  • Speed and reading keys is very important in this Defense
  • If your players are not aggressive and do not like to blitz it does not work
  • A ton of movement in the multiple scheme for Youth Football players

Overall, for older players in Jr High and High School, I would highly recommend this Defense in its multiple front form especially against passing teams. You could easily move from a 5-3 or 5-2 Defense into this 3-5-3, shoot even from the 6-2 which I’ve done at 12U with a highly experienced team to win a Super Bowl against a Spread 2×2 / Pistol team. Many coaches say the 3-5-3 is a high risk and high reward Defense. If you like to blitz and play aggressive then the 3-5-3 Defense youth football might work for your youth football team.

Do you like the 3-5-3 Defense Youth football? What youth football Defense to you run or like? What are your favorite blitz packages and coverages for youth football defenses?

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