The shotgun formation can be used in youth football with much success. Many coaches are scared to use the shotgun formation because the risk of a fumbled snap. With enough practice time the shotgun snap exchange will be fine. If you decide to go with the shotgun make sure you practice at least 3 different centers. If one of your centers gets hurt, you will need capable backups. Remember, practice makes perfect, reps, reps, and more reps.
Putting your QB in shotgun doesn’t mean you have to pass. There are plenty of youth football plays that work out of the shotgun formation. When the youth football Quarterback is in the shotgun he will be able to see the field easier. True pocket QB s are rare in youth football. The best way to pass the ball in youth football is to roll the QB out or to utilize the quick passing game (slants, quick outs, go routes). Rolling your QB out will allow your QB to see the field and read the coverage easier. Having the QB throw a corner or deep out pattern from the pocket is asking a lot from a youth football Quarterback. Rolling the quarterbacks out will allow the QB to see the field, read the coverage, make an easier throw for himself, and give him a pass- run option.
Just because you are in shotgun doesn’t mean you have to pass the ball. There are plenty of explosive running plays out of the shotgun. When you have an athletic QB you can run these plays with great success-quarterback trap, quarterback iso, jet sweep, option and much more. The same plays you run with the quarterback under center you could run with your QB in shotgun.
Quarterback Trap-Shotgun Wing T Formation
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