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Double Wing TE Pop Pass Backdoor Play

The Double Wing Tight End Pop Pass 90 Backdoor is one of my top 10 favorite youth football plays.    This easy pass play comes in at number 5 on my best play list and my highest ranked pass play for youth football.  If set up and executed well this play is a good 10+ yard gainer.  I love to run this quick pop pass play in the red zone after several dives and sweeps.  The defense sucks in tight into the middle and wide to stop the run and then boom!

Double Wing TE Pop Pass

Double Wing TE Pop Pass

I love the TE Pop Pass because it is a very safe youth football pass play and has a pretty good successful completion rate .  The reason for this is its a short pass within 12 yards, very quick so no need to hold pass blocks very long and if defended well is usually dropped by defender because he is surprised due to the quickness of the play. If a LB does intercept you have a good shot at making a tackle unless the route is jumped by a very smart LB.  Our completion rate is about 50% for this play and averages close to 10 yards.  The biggest issue you will have with this play is catching the pass.  You must find a TE that can catch.

The pop pass play is a play action pass to the backside TE.  Our WB goes in motion similar to his normal jet sweep route but turns in shallow to help pass block or we have him run a route out to the flats to draw the defense towards him.  Our FB runs the counter dive and fills the vacancy by the TE and pass blocks.  This dive action should pull up the LB and Safety to cover the run.  The blocking call is pass block and sometimes we crab block to pull defensive lineman down to give the QB and better view.  We are hoping the DE and CB follow the motion back into the backfield leaving a very large hole for the TE.  If you get defenses jumping your TE you can easily flare out your FB for a pass also.  We have also run this play out of the I Formation, Single Wing, and Wing T.

In a perfect world it is nice to have a taller than average QB and a tall TE that can catch.  I have had the perfect scenario and short QBs and average TE’s.  And the biggest equalizer is the ability to catch the pass.  If you do not have a TE or WB that can catch then passing is a wasted play.  We try to keep our completion rate above 40% to insure we are not wasting a play on passing.

Every pre-practice we run the Pop Pass route drill with everyone.  We set up two QBs and Centers about 15 yards apart facing each other and everyone running the pop pass route for the first QB and then getting in line and setting up for other QB coming back.  Sometimes the receiver line stands in front of QBs like a defensive line so its harder for QB to see receivers.   This Pop Pass Drill gets everyone warmed up before practice and the lineman love to touch the football while they run sprints.  🙂

Youth Football Pop Pass Drill

Pop Pass Drill

What’s you favorite youth football pass play?  Do you like the TE Pop Pass?  Would love to hear from you.  Leave me a comment.

Coach Parker
Keller, TX / Fort Worth / 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.)

Split Wing Left 36 HB Cross Buck Counter Youth Football Play top

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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