Youth Football Defense PlaybookCoaching youth football defense is my forte.  I was a defensive player at linebacker and love the attack aspects of defense.  If your opponent does not score then the outcome is just a tie.  Our goal on defense is shut outs and 2 turnovers per game and a score.  In youth football there are many opportunities to score on defense with poor passing percentages.  Drill and take advantage of these low percentage pass plays.

As a defense I run a Multiple 6-2 Wide defense.  That means we move the defensive backs and linebackers around a ton and move into other defenses.  We do this because one defense is not good enough for every opponents offensive schemes.  We must adjust each week to address the new offense.  We can easily move from a 6-2 Wide into a 6-1 with two safeties for pass plays.  We can also move into a 70 defense or Gap 8 for running plays.  I seldom just sit in a 6-2 wide defense.

youth football defenseFor you as a coach defense begins with scouting your opponents.  We buy film on our opponents through a local video vendor.  To be great at defense in youth football, you must scout your opponent and stop their 5 best plays and top running back.  You must make your opponent beat you with new plays or ones they are not that good at running.  You just can not allow the offense to tee off on your defense.  Stop their 3 to 5 best plays.  When you do that they start to panic and you have won.

For your youth football players Defense begins with tackling and ends with tackling.  You should spend a majority of your practice time on defense in tackling drills.  Oklahoma, Angle, open Field, Pursuit and Stripping drills. Also make sure your defensive plays know they can easily push a guy out of bounds if the RB is running down the sideline.  You should also work on grabbing cloth drill in case they can’t make the perfect tackle but can grab a RB jersey so help comes along.  Talk about gang tackling and scoring on defense.  If the QB throws a ball to you catch it and score, because that’s what the QB wants you to do since he threw you the ball.  Run Forrest Run.

Most youth football players love defense over offense.  Use this fact to your advantage.  Stack you defense so no one will score on you.

Good Luck this season,
Coach Parker
Keller, Texas / Ft Worth TX / DFW

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This area is available to post general comments and questions about Defenses used in Youth Football.  I am currently using an Eagle defense variation similar to a 7 diamond and a 6-2 wide variation.  I am considering running a Gap Air Mirror Defense or 8-2-1 this season, but still weighing the options.  What do you think?

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    1. The 4-4 is what I run if you have interchangeable parts it is very effective. The only 2 teams we lost to both ended up in florida at the championships.

    1. I run a wide tackle 6 and stack LBs on the wide tackles when they are running hard to C Gaps. You can also use the corners to help with the C gap by moving them in tight if Off has TEs

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