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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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Best Offensive Plays in Youth Football

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.

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

Remember, Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

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

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Youth Football Playbook eBook by Coach Parker

youth football offensive play book by coach parkerSince many of you have been asking for a copy of my youth football playbook, I put together a pdf ebook of some of the youth football plays I ran in 2010 for a 3rd grade and 6th grade team.  These plays are still in draft form without individual responsibilities and blocking call not finalized.  I do NOT want to give my opposing coaches all my complete offensive plays, especially since I keep running into more and more youth football coaches reading my blog.

The youth football plays in the playbook are drawn in my Speed variation of the Double Wing and Double Wing Spread Gun formations along with my Space version of the Single Wing and Beast  (Loud Rowdy Monkey) formation that I have been running since 1994.  The Speed plays can also be run from the Spread and Spy or my I formation variation.

You are more than welcome to use these plays in your offense, but please do not post large portions or the complete pdf document to other websites and do not use the information on commercial websites. Please feel free to copy, edit, update and customize the playbook for your private individual non- commercial use, but please do not reproduce for commercial use on football playbook sites or any other commercial site.  I intend to publish my complete finalized plays in my youth football book to be released in the Summer of 2012.  I wish you the best using these youth football plays.

Update – See here….. Buy Playbook

I would love to hear your feedback.

Coach Parker
Fort Worth, Texas / Keller

Play for Fun and Winning is Funner!

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