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Top Youth Football Plays – Top 10 Plays in Pee Wee Football

The Top Youth Football Plays video series came out of my 2012 article on the Best Offensive Plays in Youth Football.  Over the next several months I will be doing a YouTube video on one of the pee wee football plays from the 2012 article on best plays and updating it a bit.  I will then also within a week, produce another video about the best youth football defense to stop the top youth football play.  So, follow me over the next few months reviewing some of the top youth football plays and best pee wee football defenses in youth football.

Below are some of the top plays in youth football in my opinion.  And of course I am probably biased based on my location and my football background.  I would love to hear about your favorite play in the comment section below.  Enjoy the videos of some of the best plays in pee wee football.


#8 Spin Mo 45 FB Direct Dive

Here is #8 on my top 10 youth football plays list from my blog article over on CoachParker.org. This is the Spin Motion 45 Direct Dive Play. This is one of the top youth football plays to run simple misdirection. I love this play. This is another simple and very effective misdirection play from a Spread type formation for youth football teams. One of the best offensive plays for pee wee football teams looking for an easy counter play from a Spread formation.

 

#9 Split Crossbuck Counter

Here is #9 on my top 10 pee wee football plays list from my blog article over on CoachParker.org. This is the Split Wing 36 Crossbuck Counter Play. This is one of the best youth football plays to run for misdirection. I love this play. You can run the Crossbuck out of the Split, .I Wing, Wishbone, Pistol or Diamond Trig formation. Simple and very effective misdirection play for youth football teams. One of my top offensive plays for pee wee football teams looking for an easy counter play.

 

#10 Power I 23 Power Lead

Here is #10 on my top 10 youth football plays list from my blog article over on CoachParker.org. This is the Power I 23 Power Lead Play. This is one of the best youth football plays to run for short yardage. I love this play. The Pie formation is my variation of the Power I and is in my Power Wing Beast Offense Playbook that is available for purchase.

Stay tuned as I continue this top youth football plays video series over the next several months.  Please comment on the videos and article and I will try to address your comments in the nest videos or articles.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below or contact me using the contact page.

Remember to play for fun and winning is funner!
Coach Parker
Keller, TX / Ft. Worth, Texas / DFW

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I Formation G-Pull 35 WB Counter Football Play

The I Formation G-Pull 35 WB Counter play is #6 on my Best Offensive Plays in Youth Football List.   I love misdirection counter plays in youth football and this wing back counter should be a standard play in any I formation offensive play package.

I Formation 35  WB Counter

I Formation G-Pull 35 WB Counter

You set up this play with the normal I Formation Sweeps, Stretch Sweeps, and Dives all to the right.  We are also looking for a DE that likes to gain depth in the backfield and maybe box.  If you have DE’s that crash this play may not work and you may want to run it deeper in a reverse variation.  I like to run this play about every 4 to 7 plays, especially after a long gain on a sweep or stretch. If you set up this play properly you should gain 5 to 7 yards and maybe even break one for a touchdown.

The I G-Pull 35 Counter starts out like a I 28 TB Sweep to the right.  The WB may want to gain a little depth on his LOS alignment to get a better angle and to let the FB clear.  The WB should be patient but not slow.  He may take a sink step or forward step before making his move to the ball.  We want the defense to bite on the TB and FB fakes.  The Right Guard will execute a standard trap pull playside on the first bad guy across the line which should be the defensive end.  The Right Tackle will fill for the pulling guard and FB picks up DT or DE backside.  The WB will take a jab step and then angle himself so shoulders are lined up with the QB and the five hole.  The WB will receive the inside hand-off from the QB around the 2 hole and follow the pulling guard to daylight inside the DE at the 5 hole and hopefully a TD.   If the DT penetrates the WB may need to turn up quicker.  We do not want the WB to bounce back and lose ground.  Our WBs usually do not have that type of speed.  Take the 2 yard loss not a 10 yard loss by trying to make something out of nothing.  Every play can not be perfect.

What do you think about the I Formation G-Pull 35 Counter? Do you run something similar?  Would love to hear from you.  Leave me a comment.

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Coach Parker
Keller, Texas

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Single Wing Sweep TB 28 Right – Favorite Youth Football Play

Ah, the Single Wing!  Love it or hate it, the Single Wing offense works perfectly in youth football.  Like football from yesteryear, youth football is all about running the football.  The Single Wing offense is tailored to power run the football over youth football defenses.  The Single Wing offense puts more blockers at the point of attack than any other offense and overpowers the defense.  And the Single Wing Sweep is all about bringing the house on the sweep.  Which is why the Single Wing Sweep is number 7 on my top offensive plays in youth football.  Many probably have seen a form of this play in the NFL and the pros call this formation the Wildcat.

Single Wing Sweep TB 28 Right Favorite Youth Football Play Best Top SW Play

Single Wing Sweep TB 28 Right

The Single Wing Sweep starts with a direct snap to the TB that is standing next to the QB.  The TB sweeps to the right staying behind his wall of blockers and climbing the stairs to the sideline and end zone.  The QB and FB sweep and block the corner and any linebacker flowing to the sweep.  The Wing Back blocks the defensive end or outside LB and sets up the sweep walling off the contain man.  The offensive line severe angle blocks down or left and the playside guard if uncovered pulls to help pick up flowing LBs.  The backside TE chips the DE and flows to the safety for down field blocks.  If the defense is prepared for the sweep by a wide corner or de, then have your running backs block them to the outside and the TB should cut underneath their blocks.  This adjustment is very much like the old Lombardi stretch sweep play.

Youth coaches should love the Single Wing offense or its variation THE BEAST.  Most youth football coaches think they need to run the Spread offense and throw the football to prepare their players for High School football.  Because your pass completion rate is typically below 25% in youth football, a pass play is usually a wasted play.  As a defensive coordinator in youth football, I love to coach against a passing team, because I know they are going to waste a ton of plays preparing for the future and I am coaching to win this game not my son’s high school game in five years.

Although the Single Wing offense is set up to run, you can always throw in a Tight End Pop Pass and Wing Fly.  These plays are very effective, especially the TE pop pass.  Usually the defense has put 9 or 10 in the box against the Single Wing and a TE pass usually results in a long gainer, plus it has a very high completion rate.

So what do you think about the Single Wing Sweep or Wildcat?  Let me know if you love it or hate it.  Would love to hear from you.  Please leave me a comment below.

Remember to play for fun and Winning is Funner!
Coach Parker
Fort Worth, Texas / Keller, TX / DFW

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Split Wing Left 36 HB Cross Buck Counter Youth Football Play

An old offensive favorite in youth football is the Split Wing Left 36 HB Cross Buck Counter play.  It is #9 on my 10 best youth football offensive play list.  I really love misdirection plays in youth football.  It’s very hard to keep your defensive ends and corner backs to play contain on regular plays, and counter plays make it even tougher on them and over pursuing linebackers.  If you are playing a team that runs a lot of misdirection you better teach your D-backs and LBs to sink on their first step otherwise you might be in for a long day.

(updated play diagram and QB footwork explanation 10/14/12 at 11am.)

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Split Wing Left 36 HB Cross Buck Counter

The HB cross buck is a standard play in many youth offense playbooks and pro play  books.  You set the play up by running lead dives with your two running backs and then hit them with the cross buck.  The blocking is fairly simple.  I am running against a 5-3 defense in the above play diagram and running a BB Split blocking at the hole with some backside downfield blocks on LBs and DBs.  You can adjust your blocking for your opponent’s defensive scheme.  The QBs footwork can be a little tricky at first but this just takes reps.  I usually have the QB open backside and faking to the TB crossing between QB and HB3.  Then the QB will spin toward playside and hand the ball off to the HB3.  After the handoff, the QB then fakes a backside QB keeper deep.  The HB3 hesitates a step to let the other back clear and receive the handoff from the quarterback.  The HB3 should run underneath the TE block on the DE and run the ladder to the sideline and end zone.

If you are playing a defense with very aggressive LBs and inside d-lineman then this counter play will work wonders.  Not only will it gain big yards but your other plays will also start working because the defense must respect you counter and not jump on every play.  As a defensive coordinator I hate this play.  It is very tough to defend if you are not stuffing the hole on every play.

There are many variations of this cross buck play.  If you like it too and or have a variation, please leave a comment.  I would love to hear from you.  Let me know what you think.

Remember to play for fun and Winning is Funner,
Coach Parker
Keller, Texas  / DFW / Fort Worth, TX

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