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Youth Football Plays - Passing the Ball

Many youth football plays are designed to be simple so that the young kids on the field wonít have too much to think about. Most of the plays try to limit the possibility of mistakes and turnovers. This is why the majority of youth football plays are running plays. However, there are a few passing plays that every youth football team has in their playbook. Two such plays are the tight end dump and the screen.


Most youth football plays will begin with a personnel package of three running backs, a quarterback, five offensive linemen, and two receivers (either split ends, tight ends, or wide receivers). This is the most common personnel package for the tight end dump and the screen as well.


The formation for the tight end dump will be a stacked eye (all three running backs lined up in a line behind the quarterback) and a split end lined-up on each end of the offensive line. The quarterback will take the snap, fake a handoff to the fullback and then dump the ball off to the split end on the right side of the line (tight end dump right) or the split end on the left side of the line (tight end dump left).


At the snap of the ball, all the offensive linemen will try to cut block the defensive linemen Ė they will dive at their feet and try to knock them down. This is to allow for a passing lane for the quarterback to throw the ball. The split end who is supposed to receive the ball will take one step off of the line of scrimmage and wait to catch the ball.


Another one of the few youth football plays that calls for passing the ball is the screen. This play can be run in a variety of ways. It can involve the quarterback dropping straight back and looking downfield or it can involve the quarterback rolling to the left or the right side of the field.


It doesnít matter what the quarterback does, the split ends and the running back will do the same thing. The split ends will run straight down the field to draw the defensive backs away from the play. The running back will run out to the right (for screen right) or to the left (for screen left). After looking downfield, the quarterback will turn to the running back and throw him the ball.


The harder of these two screens is the one that requires the quarterback to role one way and then throw the screen to the running back on the other side of the field. However, this play also has the potential to work the best. This is because the entire defense will probably flow to the side of the field that the quarterback roles to. So, when the ball is thrown to the other side, the running back should have a lot of running room.


Most youth football plays involve running the ball because itís easier and has less risk than passing the ball. However, there are a few youth football plays that involve throwing the ball. Two great passing plays are the tight end dump and the screen.


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