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Date published to web: 5/24/2000 Discussion ID: ge99 Courtesy of: Anonymous

Document Title: Coaches Playbook Season(s) used: 2000 Age Group: 8-14 yrs Grade(s): 3th through 7th Description: A work in progress. More detailed than most. Suitable for coaches who want to develop a system to be used year after year. This book is a work in progress that has been developed over 6 seasons. It can be adapted in whole or part to fit most coaches needs. The passing game is lacking as well as more description on the defenses. (As we have said this is a work in progress. There may be errors in consistency of terminology , grammar, etc.).

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Football

Coaches Manual

Offensive Play Call
The play call is made up of six parts. 1. The Formation 2. The Set or Series 3. The Back and Hole Number 4. The Type of play 5. The Blocking pattern 6. The Cadence (when to snap the ball) For instance a play will be called in the huddle as: PI Lft 22 DIV VR Later on you will learn that it means the following:
FORMATION

PI

SET

BACK HOLE

Left

2 2

Dive

TYPE

BLOCKING

Veer Right

If drawn on a blackboard it would look like this.

D

LT

LG

C Q F

RG

RT

Z

W H

2 Back, 2 Hole, I Formation = P I Left 22 Dive Veer Right

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Offensive Positions
X

Wide Receiver (X). Will always play ON the line of scrimmage. Goes out for passes and blocks. Back number (6). Left Tackle. Blocks. Position is number 3 hole. Lineman number (3). Left Guard. Blocks. Position is number 1 hole. Lineman number (1). Center. Snaps ball to Quarterback and Blocks. Position is number 0 hole. Lineman number (0). Right Guard. Blocks. Position is number 2 hole. Lineman number (2). Right Tackle. Blocks. Position is number 4 hole. Lineman number (4). Tight End (Z). Goes out for passes but mainly Blocks. Back number (5).

LT

LG

C

RG

RT Z

Q F H

Quarterback (Q). Takes snap from center to start play. Will both run and pass. Back number (1). Fullback (F). Will carry ball, receive passes, and Block. Back number (2). Halfback (H). Will carry ball, receive passes, and Block. Back number (3).

W

Wingback (W). Will carry ball, receive passes, and Block. Back number (4).

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Left odd. X W LT LG C Q RG RT Z 6 5 4 1 F 2 H 3 Page 3 . 7 D 5 LT 3 LG 1 0 C 2 RG 4 RT 6 Z 8 The following are how the offensive backs are numbered.Numbering System The following are how the holes in the offensive line are numbered. Right even.

I <----Formation X LT LG C Q RG RT Z W F H PI <----Formation X LT LG C Q RG RT Z F W H Page 4 . Only 11 players will be on the field at the same time.Offensive Formations (Four Basic Formations) I & PI & T & P Note: There are 14 positions shown in each formation.

Offensive Formations T <----Formation X LT LG C Q F H RG RT Z W P <----Formation X LT LG C Q RG RT Z W H F Page 5 .

It is the second part of the play call. Basic Set X LT LG C RG RT Z If the Quarterback in the huddle calls “Strong Left” the RT moves to the opposite side of the line inside D. X W F H LT RT Z Lets begin by convering positions LT and RT. Page 6 . he moves to a new position. Set Strong Left X RT LT LG C RG Z If the Quarterback in the huddle calls “Strong Right” the LT moves to the opposite side of the line inside Z. These positions need to know how to change SETs. Only a few players need to learn what to do on changing SETs. Set Strong Right X LG C RG RT LT Z This is ALL positions LT and RT will have to know about the “SETs”. When a players letter is called.Offensive Sets An offensive “SET” is nothing more than where players line up in a formation.

or “Split Right”.Offensive Sets These positions (X & Z) will need to know how to change “SETs”. Basic Set X LT LG C RG RT Z If the Quarterback in the huddle calls “Split”. Page 7 . Split Set X LT LG C RG RT Z If the Quarterback in the huddle calls “Split Left” the X receiver lines up in a split position. “Split Left”. Split Right Set X LT LG C RG RT Z This is ALL positions X and Z will have to know about the “SETs”. the X and Z receivers will move as shown and both remain on the line of scrimmage. Split Left Set X LT LG C RG RT Z If the Quarterback in the huddle calls “Split Right” the Z receiver lines up in a split position. If the Quarterback in the huddle calls “Split” the X and Z receivers both line up in a wide out (split) position.

Offensive Sets These positions will need to know how to change “SETs” in both the T and I Formations. Basic Set for T Formation D LT LG C Q RG RT Z W F H In the T Formation if “Left is called the H Back and W Back moves to their new positions. Left Set for T Formation D W LT LG C Q RG RT Z F H Page 8 .

Basic Set for I Formation X LT LG C Q F H RG RT Z W In the I Formation if “Left” is called the W back lines up in the in the same position on the left side. Left Set for I Formation X W LT LG C Q F H RG RT Z Page 9 .Offensive Sets In the I Formation the W back lines up in the following basic formation.

Split Set for I Formation X LT LG C Q F H RG RT W Z In the I Formation if “Split Right” is called the W back moves to a slot position on the right side. Split Left Set for I Formation X W LT LG C Q F H RG RT Z Page 10 .Offensive Sets In the I Formation if “Split” is called the W back moves to a slot position on the right side. Split Right Set for I Formation X LT LG C Q F H RG RT W Z In the I Formation if “Split Left” is called the W back moves to a slot position on the left side.

W Set for PI Formation D LT LG C Q RG RT Z F W H Page 11 .Offensive Sets This is the Basic Set for the PI Formation. Basic Set for PI Formation D LT LG C Q RG RT Z F W H In the I Formation if “Left” is called the W Back moves to the same position on the left side.

Offensive Sets This is the Basic Set for the P Formation. Basic Set for P Formation D LT LG C Q RG RT Z W H F The rules for the P formation for the W back are the same as in the I formation. Basic Set for P Formation D W split left W left H F LT LG C Q RG RT Z W Basic W split & split left Page 12 .

Defenders 2nd Level Defenders 1st Level D LT LG C RG RT Z 7 5 3 1 0 2 4 6 8 Page 13 . Rule: If there is a defender across from you in the inside gap. Blast.Line Blocking Blast Blocking is the simplest blocking pattern. If no defender is in the gap then you block the man directly in front of you either at the first or second level. All Blocking will be Blast unless called a blocking pattern is called in the huddle. that is your first priority.

Inside Gaps Defenders 2nd Level Defenders 1st Level D LT LG C RG RT Z 7 5 3 1 0 2 4 6 8 Page 14 . Defenders 2nd Level Defenders 1st Level D LT LG C RG RT Z 7 5 3 1 0 2 4 6 8 Blast.Line Blocking Blast.

Line Blocking VR .“Pull “lineman / hole”. D LT LG C RG RT Z 7 5 3 1 0 2 4 6 8 Page 15 . D LT LG C RG RT Z 7 5 3 1 0 2 4 6 8 VL .“Pull “1 lineman / 6 hole”.“Veer Right”. D LT LG C RG RT Z 7 5 3 1 0 2 4 6 8 PL . Example PL 16 .“Veer Left”.

Rule: 1st lineman number called goes First. 2nd lineman sidesteps and goes Next.“Cross “2 & 4 lineman””. D LT LG C RG RT Z 7 5 3 1 0 2 4 6 8 Example CR 53 . Example CR 24 . D LT LG C RG RT Z 7 5 3 1 0 2 4 6 8 Page 16 .“Cross “5 & 3 lineman””.“Cross “1st lineman / 2nd lineman””.Line Blocking CR .

“Slide Left”.Line Blocking SR .“Slide Right”. 3rd Level Backs 2nd Level Backers 1st Level Line D LT LG C RG RT Z 7 5 3 1 0 2 4 6 8 Page 17 . 3rd Level Backs 2nd Level Backers 1st Level Line D LT LG C RG RT Z 7 5 3 1 0 2 4 6 8 SL .

Line Blocking OR . 1 2 2nd Level Backers 1st Level Line D LG C RG RT LT Z 7 5 3 1 0 2 4 6 8 OL .“Open Right”.“Open Left”. 2 1 2nd Level Backers 1st Level Line D LG C RG RT LT Z 7 5 3 1 0 2 4 6 8 Page 18 .

Line Blocking TD . Rule: Combination blocking patterns may be called. (i. The tight ends and offensive tackles double teams the defensive tackles. Page 19 .. VR & PL 28).“Trap “lineman / behind hole”. Lineman blocks behind line. D LT LG C RG RT Z 7 5 3 1 0 2 4 6 8 Rule: Remaing linemen block blast unless they are involved in a pattern.“Trap “1 lineman / benind 6 hole”.e. D LT LG C RG RT Z 7 5 3 1 0 2 4 6 8 TR . The & symbol is pronounced as “AND”.“Tight End Double”. Example TR 16 .

Type of Play Dive: A dive play is where the QB hands off to a back who runs directly to the hole. 5 Hole F W H 3 Page 20 . 22 Dive 7 D 5 LT 3 LG 1 0 C Q 2 RG 4 RT 6 Z 8 Example: 2 Back. 35 Power Dive 7 D 5 LT 3 LG 1 0 C Q 2 RG 4 RT 6 Z 8 Example: 3 Back. 2 Hole F 2 Power Dive: A dive play is where the QB hands off to a back who runs behind the other backs who block.

Type of Play Counter Dive: A dive play is where the play action is opposite of the direction of the play. 8 Hole 3 Page 21 . 4 Hole H 4 Option: A option play is where the QB determines who will carry the ball based on what the defense does. 44 Counter Dive 7 5 D 3 LG 1 0 C Q F W 2 RG 4 RT 6 LT Z 8 Example: 4 Back. 38 Option 7 5 D W Q F 3 LG 1 0 C 2 RG 4 RT 6 LT Z 8 H Example: 3 Back.

38 Pitch 7 5 D 3 LG 1 0 C Q F 2 RG 4 RT 6 LT Z 8 W H 3 Example: 3 Back. 8 Hole Pitch: A pitch play is where the QB immediately turns and tosses the ball to a back who is already moving to the hole. 8 Hole Page 22 .Type of Play Counter Option: A option play where the flow of the play is opposite of the hole. 48 Counter Option 7 5 D W 3 LG 1 0 C Q F 2 RG 4 RT 6 LT Z 8 4 H Example: 4 Back.

38 Sweep 7 D 5 LT 3 LG 1 0 C Q 2 RG 4 RT 6 Z 8 H Example: 3 Back.Type of Play Boot: A boot play is where the QB rolls out and can either run or pass. 17 Boot 7 D 5 LT 3 LG 1 0 C Q 2 RG 4 RT 6 Z 8 1 F Example: 1 Back. 7 Hole Sweep: A sweep play is where the QB hands off to a back who “sweeps” around the defensive flank. 8 Hole 3 Page 23 .

68 Reverse 7 X 5 W 3 LG 1 0 C Q 2 RG 4 RT 6 LT Z 8 6 Example: 6 Back. 8 Hole Page 24 .Type of Play Sneak: A sneak play is where the quarterback takes the snap and goes directly through the hole. 1 Hole 1 Reverse: A reverse play is where the play sweeps toward one direction and the ball is handed to a back moving in the opposite direction. 11 Sneak 7 5 W 3 LG 1 0 C Q 2 RG 4 RT 6 LT Z 8 Example: 1 Back.

Type of Play A pass play is called as follows: Formation Set Play Reciver Number Route T SR Pass 5 Delay Out The following are definitions of each pass route: 3 yds Delay Out C X 7 yds Hook W 7 yds C X Keep Running Fly C X Slant Flat 3 yds Y 3 yds C X C W H Page 25 .

Pass 5 Delay Out ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ D W LG C Q ○ RG RT LT Z ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ 5 ○ ○ ○ ○ Example: 5 Receiver. Delay Out Route LT ○ Example: 4 Receiver.Type of Play Pass: A pass play is where the QB throws the ball to a receiver across the line of scrimage. Hook Route Page 26 ○ ○ Q ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ D ○ LG C RG RT ○ ○ ○ Z Y ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ Pass 4 Hook ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ 4 ○ ○ .

Sets Terms SR Quarterback Key Pronounced Strong Right Plays Terms DV PDV CDV OP COP PIT REV PAS SNK SWP BOO Pronounced Dive Power Dive Counter Dive Option Counter Option Pitch Reverse Pass Sneak Sweep Boot Blocking Patterns Terms BLA VR VL PL & SR SL OR OL PAS TR TD Pronounced Blast Veer Right Veer Left Pull and Slide Right Slide Left Open Right Open Left Pass Trap TE Double Team Pass Routes Terms DO HK FY SL FT Pronounced Delay Out Hook Fly Slant Flat Page 27 .

T 22 Dive . Slide Right and Cross 42 This is the play. X LT LG C Q RG RT Z W F H Page 28 . 1 2 3 I SR 38 OP VR T 22 DV SR & CR 42 W PAS 5 DO PAS If play number 2 is sent in or signaled in from the sidelines.Play Call The quarterback has a band on his arm containing the plays. The following is an example of what the quarterback will see and how he will call it in the huddle. the quarterback will look at his band and interpret it as follows.

T Split 22 DV X LT LG C Q RG RT W Z F H T Split 22 DV SR & CR 42 X LT LG C Q RG RT W Z F H .

T Split 45 CDV PL 25 X LT LG C Q RG RT W Z F H T Split Strong Left 45 CDV VR X RT LT LG C Q RG W Z F H .

T Split 38 SWP PL 28 X LT LG C Q RG RT W Z F H T Split Strong Right 38 SWP VL & PL 28 & 48 X LG C Q RG RT LT W Z F H .

T Split 19 Boot X LT LG C Q RG RT W Z F H T Split X W LT LG C Q RG RT Z F H .

I Split Left 36 CDV CR 64 & VR x W C Q RG RT LT LG Z F H I 34 Split Left CDV CR42 & VR x W C Q LT LG RG RT Z F H .

I Split Left 32 CDV CR20 & VR x W C Q RG RT LT LG Z F H I Split Left 31 CDV CR 31 & VL x W LG C Q RG RT LT Z F H .

I Strong Left 35 CDV VR x W RT LT LG C Q RG Z F H I Split Left PAS 4 HK x W LT LG C Q RG RT Z F H .

I x W LT LG C Q RG RT Z F H I x W LT LG C Q RG RT Z F H .

Primarily plays pass defense. On wide running plays. On passing plays.” Left Linebacker. picks up the first running back going out for pass on left side. Defends run and pass. Strong Safety. “mirrors” the quarterback and goes in for sack if there is an opening. but also provides run support. but also provides run support. Blitzes quarterback as assigned. LT RE LLB MLB RLB LCB FS SS RCB Right Cornerback. When lining up in gap. First responsibility is to defend pass to wide receiver. Normally lines up on the outside shoulder of the tackle. picks up the first running back going out for pass on left side. Right Linebacker. Blitzes quarterback as assigned.Defensive Positions LE Left End. shoots into backfield as quickly as possible. Plays the run and rushes the passer. . Plays the run and rushes the passer taking an outside route to contain the play. Plays the run and rushes the passer. Left Tackle. In pass coverage. “Soft Pursues. Normally lines up on the outside shoulder of the tackle. Middle Linebacker. First responsibility is to defend pass to wide receiver. stays wide and forces play back inside.” RT Right Tackle. but comes up to play the run ONLY AFTER the ball carrier crosses the line of scrimmage. Last line of defense. Plays the run and defends the pass. Primarily defends the run. On wide running plays. Left Cornerback. Normally lines up over the guard or in a gap. Lines up over the guard or in a gap. but will play a linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Plays the run and rushes the passer taking an outside route to contain the play. In pass coverage. Plays the run and defends the pass. stays wide and forces play back inside. Right End. Free Safety. Is responsible for covering tight end. “Soft Pursues.

Right Linebacker (outside blitz). When a cornerback blitzes.Left Linebacker (inside blitz). Formations will be called first on coach’s left hand.Free Safety.Left Cornerback. 4 .Right Linebacker (inside blitz). blitz between guard and tackle.Middle Linebacker. 6 .4-3 Base 2 . Multiple combinations will be used. .Right Cornerback.Left Linebacker (outside blitz). blitzes will be called.5-2 Attack 5 . 1 .Goal Line Then. Left End goes inside of tackle and Left Linebacker takes outside path and keeps everything inside.3-4 Attack 4 . 7 . 5 . 3 . 8 . 1 .Defensive Play Call Defensive formations & blitzes will be called using hand signals.4-3 Attack 3 . 2 . the free safety will cover that receiver.

5 .3 Attack FS RLB RCB MLB LLB RE RT NG LT LE LCB X T G C G T Z Y .3 Defense FS RLB RCB MLB LLB LT LE LCB RE RT NG X T G C G T Z Y 4 .

2 Defense FS RLB RCB NG LLB LT LE LCB RE RT MLB X T G C G T Z Y .6 .

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