Article written forwww.doublewingsymposium.comby Coach Hugh WyattFor more information on Coach Wyatt’s DW see www.coachwyatt.com
When I had no immediate answer, somebody suggested, “How about‘Wildcat?’”Made sense to me – we were the La Center Wildcats. And that’s what it’sbeen ever since.We played that Friday’s game on the Washington coast where in the fall –and winter and spring, too - it rains. A lot. A big storm had just sweptthrough, leaving the field like quicksand, but the horrible conditions hadno adverse effect on our ball handling. We never fumbled the ball, andalternating between Wildcat and our conventional Double-Wing, werushed for nearly 300 yards, and we wound up winning the game inovertime.The next week, we won our final game. Running from Wildcat about 75per cent of the time, we rushed for over 500 yards and put 60 points on alarger school.At that point, I knew we had something, and that winter I wrote an articlefor Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director explaining what we’d done.Since then, the Wildcat has been adopted by a number of other schoolsand organizations around the country, and it’s played a part in theoffense of every team I’ve coached.A few basics:Besides the alignment and stance of the backs, the center makes theother big adjustment.He makes a two-handed snap. His hands are on both sides of the ball,thumbs touching on the laces, and he gently tumbles the ball back with avery slight flip of the wrist. To keep from putting weight on the ball and tokeep from snapping high, his tail is down and his head is up (he doesn’tlook back). At the snap, he does not fire out. He does not uncock hisknees. After he’s made his snap, he should be in the same stance hestarted out in, knees bent, head up, tail down.The coach in Virginia with whom I originally spoke suggested practicingsnapping the ball against a folding beach chair laid on the ground just afew yards back. If the ball knocks the chair over, the center’s snapped ittoo hard.