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Training The Center In the Single Wing Offense

I often get lots of questions on training centers or on the difficulty of the snap. Quite frankly I was concerned about the snap as well my first year of coaching a youth Single Wing Offense. There a variety of ways to reduce the risk of poor snaps and making your entire playbook work.

First is make sure you chose the right player for your Single Wing center, low key, not a nervous nelly, He doesn’t need to be a stud, just so that he is tall enough to bend his knees on every play and still be able to fit into the wedge with the Right Guard. Tall and skinny has worked, average size, medium and skinny, big and fat. The only combo that hasn’t worked for us is short and fat.

Second’ the snap is a very short 2 yards, thats all the further my TB/FB are back in our Single Wing Offense, we have them with their fingertips touching the ground so the linebackers have no clue who we are snapping the football to.

We don’t overcoach the grip bit we do require that the center bends his knees on every snap, if his knees are bent he can not lift his arm high enough to snap the ball too high. Try it for yourself, bend the knees then don’t bend your knees and see how far you can lift your hand up.

We do have th center look through his legs for his target just like some of the High School Single Wing teams do that run this offense.

We want a very low snap, you can see in the DVDs the linebackers following fakes because they have no clue who the football was snapped to. The combination of 2 yards back and a very low snap aids our youth football coaches to run a very deceptive, high scoring Single Wing Offense. With a traditional shotgun snap of 5 yards it would be simple to see who has the football and of course a much more difficult snap for the center.

This has been another post into Dave Cisar’s Winning Youth Football Site
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  1. Tom K

    Dave, I have run the SW for the past 2 seasons, I was fortunate enough to have a kid who could directional snap without looking through his legs. I do not have a problem with a center looking through his legs but it has been a heated debated with my fellow coaches who feel it is a safety concern. Some coaches are jerks and would take a cheap shot to rattle him. What advice do you got so I can win this argument. Thanks Dave.

  2. TOM K

    Dave, Read further and answered my own question. You don’t have the Center looking through his legs. So low and Slow and plenty of REPS.


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