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The Double Wing Offense For Youth Football

The Double Wing Offense was created by Don Markham in the 1980s and set national scoring marks at the time of 880 points for a 14 game High School season at Bloomington High School in California. Made popular by Hugh Wyatt an outstanding coach in his own right, this offense made it to the youth football ranks in the 1990s. Now experts like Steve Calande and Clovis East’s, Tim Murphy market their versions of this potent offense to teams everywhere. How does it do at the youth football level:


It has done quite well. It is a coaching intensive system that some of my older Eagle teams have run. I have coached it and given clinics on it before our organization went all Single Wing. My version of the Single Wing Offense even uses many Double Wing concepts.

The Double Wing is an offense that uses foot to foot line splits with two tight ends and two wingbacks set just off the the behinds of the tight ends. It is a very compressed formation with a fullback right behind the quarterback. The quarterback is under center and the fullback usually has his helmet just 6-9 inches from the quartebacks behind. As with the Single Wing, the Double Wing looks to gain numbers and angle advantages at the point of attack. It is a great series based offense with the base play being the toss off-tackle to a slow motioning wingback, fullback trap, fullback wedge, wingback sweep, wingback counter and a playaction pass off the toss action. All the plays look nearly like the other. Additional plays can include: toss XX reverse, G play to fullback, X play to fullback, buck sweep, wedge pass, jet sweep and various playaction passes.
A number of High Schools and Youth Football Teams have done very well with this offense. I am a fan of this offense and borrow heavily from it.

I prefer the Single Wing at the Youth Level over the Double Wing for the following reasons:

1) The footwork is real tricky for the QB on the off-tackle toss play. It is very difficult for him to make the toss and then get out in front of the wingback to block the corner.
2) With two players pulling on the above play, the QB often gets run into by the pullers as they move to the point of attack. If he doesn’t get out from under center quick enough, he gets trampled, if he’s not deep enough he could even lose the ball.
3) You have to train several QBs to do this footwork, if you lose your best guy, it’s real hard to replace him.
4) You have to have 4 kids on your offensive line that can pull in the Double Wing, in the Single Wing you only need 1, 2 maximum.
5) It’s easier to pass out of the Single Wing, your QB already has depth.
6) There is no “spin” series in the Double Wing, the best series in football in my opinion.
7) You can run every Double Wing play out of the Single Wing, but it is much easier out of the Single Wing.
8) The Single Wing snap is safer.
9) In the Single Wing you can have any lineman take a snap and run to the 6 hole in blowout games. In the Double Wing your linemen have to know how to take a proper handoff.
10) The Single Wing is easier to put in, in my personal experience of putting in both offenses at the youth level.
11) We have started as many as 4 different tailbacks in a season and didn’t miss a beat. If a Double Wing team had to start 4 different QB’s they would be in big trouble.
12 ) The off-tackle football play hits so much quicker in the Single Wing Offense than the Double Wing.

Again this is no slam against my Double Wing buddies, it is a great offense and I admire their work.


This has been another post into Dave Cisar’s Winning Youth Football Site
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