In Pop Warner Youth Football and in many other youth football leagues, the teams with the most older but lighters will usually win. Older but lighters are kids that are playing a year older but are littler than the required weight. As an example, the level I coach is peewee football. Peewee football players that are ages 10-11 have to be no more than 135 pounds. 12 year old players are older but lighters and have to be no more than 115 pounds. Older but lighters are 2 years older than most of their competition, which means they are physically and mentally better developed for youth football.
During elementary and middle school years , the older but lighters kids have clear advantage over teammates and opponents. They are usually bigger, stronger, and faster. They also have a higher ability to acquire sports skills, and learn at faster levels. They’ll usually recover quicker as well.
I believe that good coaching and scouting can help you win and at the least be competitive against these older but lighter filled teams. I have never had more than 6 older but lighters in my 10 + years of coaching, but every year we make the playoffs and at the very least have a competitive/winning season. Good coaching schemes and game planning can win games against loaded older but lighter teams. But, let’s be real for a minute- the team that has the most old but light boys will win more often than not. I am not a big fan of the “older but lighter” rules at the older levels as I understand the logic behind it, but organizations tend to abuse the rules.