The spread offense is a great way to spread the defense out, while creating natural running lanes. Spreading the defense will allow the offense to see where they out flank and outnumber the defense, allowing them to attack accordingly. The defense will line up three different ways: 1. Defense loads the box, playing the run (7-8 players). These plays will work against a loaded box:
- Jet / Rocket/Fly Sweep
- Buddle/Smoke/Tunnel and Pull Screens – Flare passes to the wing back or running back work nicely as well.
- Play action (fake run inside, throw pass route outside).
- Misdirection—makes the defense hold gaps and not pursue to the ball because of the fakes.
Screens, Jet/Rocket/Fly sweep, and quick misdirection will kill the blitz and loaded boxes. In youth football motion and screens are killers. 2. Defense adjusts to the wide-outs; defending outside, leaving a soft box. These plays will work:
- Inside Traps
- QB Trap
- Inside Powers
3. Defense is mirroring the offense. Example: if you have 2 wide receivers to the right, then the defense will have two defenders on your 2 wide receivers:
- The number one thing to do when the defense is matching numbers (players) inside and outside the box is to see where the blocking angles are. Look for easy blocking angles and flanks on the defense. Also have a coach watch the other teams defensive end to see if he shooting inside or outside.
It does not make sense to just call plays; you need to see how the defense is lining up. This will allow the offense to call a play which will hurt the defense. The youth football no huddle offense is a must for the spread offense. The spread offense lets the defense pick the way they will get beat. There are many benefits of the youth football no huddle offense, and yes it can be used with a lot of success in youth football.