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Youth Football Program Coach’s Playbook 5th & 6th Grade Only

NOTICE All plays in the I formation and 4-4 defensive formation are restricted to 5th and 6th grade level only. However, 5th and 6th grade level may also utilize the Mighty Mites T formation in addition to the I formation and the 6-2 defensive formation in addition to the 4-4 defensive formation. 1st and 2nd grade level and the 3rd and 4th grade level are restricted to the Mighty Mites T formation plays and the 6-2 defensive formation.

T Formation vs 6-2 defense
SPACINGS-Offense
Line-Center should get over ball first. Guards should extend their inside arm until it touches the center. Tackles should do the same to the guards to get their spacing. Ends should repeat the procedure and then take a half step to the outside. Backs-Quarterbacks should have their feet parallel to the line of scrimmage, knees slightly bent, back straight and looking straight ahead. How he receives the ball from the center with his hands depends upon the individual and the center. Halfbacks should be directly behind the inside leg of the tackle on their side. The distance they are from the line will be determined by their speed in getting into the hand off area. It will average 4 yards. Fullback should be directly behind the quarterback and should have his toes in line with the heels of the halfbacks. NOTE: Most of the problems you will have making your offense go will be in the spacing of the players. The backs must NOT be over 41/2 yards deep.

SPACING-Defense
Line-Guards play heads up on guards, tackles on the inside shoulder of the ends, and ends positioned so they can see the halfback on their side of the offensive end's rear end. Linebackers-Linebackers should play on the nose of the offensive tackle and about 3 yards off the line of scrimmage. Halfback-Split the defensive tackle and ends. Their depth will depend upon the situation but should average about 5-8 yards. Safety-Head on with the center and about 2 yards deeper than halfbacks. Linebackers, Halfbacks & Safety will not be permitted to "Blitz" (charge into the line of the snap) until the quarterback moves

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T Formation vs 6-2 defense Below illustrates typical numbering system to aid in play calling. Note that each ‘hole’ is numbered; odd numbers on left of line, even numbers on right. Backs are also numbered.

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T Formation vs 6-2 defense - Handoff HANDOFF Plays will be shown to the right. For assignments to the left, all plays are the same except that each player does what the opposite side did on a play to right. Work on the back field pattern so that every play starts off looking like any play to that side. COACHING SUGGESTIONS QB-Should take his first step so that he is going parallel to the line. Do not let him bring the ball back to the halfback. Carry out fake to the LHB and FB. RHB-MOVE FAST to the hand off position. Don't look to the QB but keep your eyes straight ahead so you can see how to cut. Keep your inside elbow up and form a pocket for the ball. LHB and FB - Carry out your fake past the defensive end. Utilizing the numbering system in play calling, this play would be “34 Dive”. The #3 back runs through the #4 hole.

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T Formation vs 6-2 defense - Sweep Run by QB, LHB, RHB or FB. The backs block the first man they come to! Example: LHB Sweep. Utilizing the numbering system, this play would be “28 Sweep”. #2 back runs to #8 hole.

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T Formation vs 6-2 defense - Option NOTE-Blocks are the same for LE, LT, LG, C, RG. RT takes LB inside. RE takes T inside. Backs run same pattern. COACHING SUGGESTION-QB should run parallel to line and watch defensive end. If end comes in, he should pitch out. If end stays wide, he should fake pitch out and cut up field. Utilizing the numbering system, this play would be “18 Option”. The QB or #1 back, keeps or pitches through the #8 hole.

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T Formation vs 6-2 defense – Quarterback Sneak NOTE-Center blocks with guard away from fake. RG blocks guard to outside. RT goes inside LB for safety. LT blocks LB. For best results, QB makes one good step to fake handoff and then cut back behind center. He should stay low during this step. Utilizing the numbering system, this play would be “12 Sneak”. #1 back through the #2 hole.

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T Formation vs 6-2 defense – Fullback Counter Full back and QB should make play look like right handoff or option by taking one step to right as shown. . Utilizing the numbering system, this play would be “42 Counter”. #4 back through the #2 hole.

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T Formation vs 6-2 defense – Fullback Slant RT pulls and blocks end. RHB blocks line backer after fake. Utilizing the numbering system, this play would be “48 Slant”. #4 backs runs to #8 hole.

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T Formation vs 6-2 defense - Pass Any pass play can be used, provided that it develops from a basic play. Right pass means that RHB is in the pattern with LHB and FB blocking as shown. Ends may run any assigned pass routes. Eligible pass receivers are ends & backs. Only eligible pass receivers may catch the ball.

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T Formation vs 6-2 defense – QB Bootleg/Option Pass (5th & 6th grade only) Quarterback fakes handoff to halfback & bootlegs opposite direction. He can run the ball or hit the tight end with a pass. Coaching suggestion: Teach tight end to delay block two counts before release on pass. Utilizing the numbering system, this play would be “17 Bootleg”. #1 back to #7 hole.

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I Formation vs 6-2 defense The formation below illustrates the I formation with the strong side on the right. All plays may be run with mirror formations (Wide Receiver and Split End switched). Both Wide receiver and Split End may NOT, however, line up on same side of formation. Split end and wide receiver may split out as far as desired, but at least three yards from the end of the offensive line. Split end (left here) must stay on the line of scrimmage. Fullback normally lines up in 3-point stance, while the Tailback lines up in breakdown stance with hands on thighs. All backs, as well as the wide receiver and split end, must meet Mighty Mites weight requirements. The defensive end may line up inside the split end, as well. NO offensive or defensive formation shifts are allowed. NO motion is allowed on any play.

Split end

Quarterback Wide Receiver Fullback Tailback

Basic rule of line blocking is used unless specific blocking scheme is indicated: If there is a defender across from you in the inside gap, that is your first priority. If no defender is in the gap, then you block the man directly in front of you either at the first or second level (linebacker or defensive back).

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All plays will be shown versus the 6-2, even though the 4-4 may be utilized on any defensive play, except kicks. I Formation vs 4-4 defense The formation below illustrates the I formation with the strong side on the right. All plays may be run with mirror formations (Wide Receiver and Split End switched). Both Wide receiver and Split End may NOT, however, line up on same side of formation. The 4-4 defense may be used as an option. This is executed simply by moving the two defensive ends back with the two linebackers. Blocking assignments would remain the same (assignment to block defensive end would block the outside linebacker instead). No lineman may line up over the offensive center. All linebackers must be three yards from the line of scrimmage. No blitzing is allowed. Linebackers cannot ‘stack’ on one side. Split end and wide receiver may split out as far as desired, but MUST be lined up a minimum of three yards from the offensive line (wide receiver lined up three yards from the end; split end lined up three yards from the tackle). Split end (left here) must stay on line of scrimmage. Fullback normally lines up in 3-point stance, while the Tailback lines up in breakdown stance with hands on thighs. NO offensive OR defensive formation shifts are allowed. Defense MUST be in chosen formation when offense breaks the huddle. Defensive end may play inside of split end.

Split end

Quarterback Wide Receiver

Basic rule of line blocking is used unless specific blocking scheme is indicated: If there is a defender across from you in the inside gap, that is your first priority. If no defender is in the gap, then you block the man directly in front of you either at the first or second level (linebacker or defensive back).

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I Formation vs 6-2 defense Numbering system for offensive play calling is shown below. Typical plays would be: Right sweep (around the right end) = 38 sweep - #3 back (tailback) going through the #8 hole as designated in the line. Lead play to the hole between the tackle and guard on the right side = 34 Lead - #3 back (tailback) going through the #4 hole.

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Split end

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Quarterback Wide Receiver

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Fullback Tailback

Basic rule of line blocking is used unless specific blocking scheme is indicated: If there is a defender across from you in the inside gap, that is your first priority. If no defender is in the gap, then you block the man directly in front of you either at the first or second level (linebacker or defensive back).

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I Formation – Lead vs 6-2 defense

Suggested blocking scheme All plays may be run with mirror formations (Wide Receiver and Split End switched). Both Wide receiver and Split End may NOT, however, line up on same side of formation. 34 Lead is illustrated below (#3 back through #4 hole). The Lead play may also be run in the #2, #6 or #8 hole. It may also be run to the left (#1, #3, #5 or #7 hole).

34 Lead - Tailback gets handoff with fullback lead blocking

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I Formation – Toss Sweep vs 6-2 defense Suggested blocking scheme. QB pitches to tailback, guard pulls to block. Any back may carry the ball on the sweep. Example: 38 toss sweep = Tailback sweeping to the #8 hole with fullback and guard blocking. All plays may be run with mirror formations (Wide Receiver and Split End switched). Both Wide receiver and Split End may NOT, however line up on same side of formation.

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I Formation – Option vs 6-2 defense

Suggested blocking scheme

All plays may be run with mirror formations (Wide Receiver and Split End switched). Both Wide receiver and Split End may NOT, however, line up on same side of formation. Utilizing the numbering system, this play would be “18 option”. #1 back keeps or pitches through the #8 hole.

Quarterback fakes to Fullback, then either keeps or pitches to Tailback. Key is Defensive end; if he closes, QB pitches to TB; if he stays back, QB keeps and turns upfield. - 16 -

I Formation – Counter vs 6-2 defense

Suggested blocking scheme Fake lead play, then Tailback cuts back inside. Quarterback fakes handoff to Fullback, then turns around to handoff to Tailback. All plays may be run with mirror formations (Wide Receiver and Split End switched). Both Wide receiver and Split End may NOT, however, line up on same side of formation. Utilizing the numbering system, this play would be “32 Counter”. #3 back through the #2 hole.

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I Formation – Fullback dive vs 6-2 defense

Suggested blocking scheme All plays may be run with mirror formations (Wide Receiver and Split End switched). Both Wide receiver and Split End may NOT, however line up on same side of formation. This play may be run right or left, in any hole. Play shown: 22 Dive or #2 back (fullback) into the #2 hole.

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I Formation – Sneak vs 6-2 defense

Suggested blocking scheme All plays may be run with mirror formations (Wide Receiver and Split End switched). Both Wide receiver and Split End may NOT, however, line up on same side of formation. Utilizing the numbering system, this play would be “12 Sneak”. #1 back through #2 hole.

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I Formation – Quarterback Bootleg vs 6-2 defense QB fakes pitch to tailback on sweep, rolls out opposite direction and either passes to split end or keeps. Split end chip blocks and goes into pass pattern. Suggested blocking scheme shown. All plays may be run with mirror formations (Wide Receiver and Split End switched). Both Wide receiver and Split End may NOT, however line up on same side of formation. Utilizing the numbering system, this play would be “17 Bootleg”. #1 back goes to #7 hole.

Basic rule of line blocking is used unless specific blocking scheme is indicated: If there is a defender across from you in the inside gap, that is your first priority. If no defender is in the gap then you block the man directly in front of you either at the first or second level (linebacker or defensive back).

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I Formation – End Around vs 6-2 defense

Suggested blocking scheme All plays may be run with mirror formations (Wide Receiver and Split End switched). Both Wide receiver and Split End may NOT, however, line up on same side of formation. This play may be run by the wide receiver only. QB fakes lead play, hand off goes to wide receiver.

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I Formation – Pass vs 6-2 defense

Any pass play can be used, provided that it develops from a basic play formation. Below is a suggested play. Fullback stays in to block. Any end, back or receiver that meets Mighty Mites weight requirements may receive a pass. All plays may be run with mirror formations (Wide Receiver and Split End switched). Both Wide receiver and Split End may NOT, however line up on same side of formation.

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I Formation – Play action pass vs 6-2 defense Suggested Play-Action pass play. Quarterback fakes handoff appearing to be right lead play, drops and throws to either wide receiver on fly pattern or fullback over the middle. Fullback chip blocks or brush blocks linebacker to sell fake run. Any end, back or receiver may receive a pass that meets Mighty Mites weight requirements. All plays may be run with mirror formations (Wide Receiver and Split End switched). Both Wide receiver and Split End may NOT, however line up on same side of formation.

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