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Using the Flanker 10 on 10 Approach in the Single Wing

Some have run the Single Wing using a minimum play type player set very wide as a flanker who basically occupys a defender but has no bearing on the play. While this may be a simple way to meet the technical minimum play requirements some leagues have, you lose so much of the power and the deception the Single Wing offers by doing so. Many Single Wing coaches, myself included believe much of the deception of the Single Wing comes from the ability to snap the ball to all three running backs.

In the flanker set suggested by some, the Blocking Back is set too far over to take a snap. The Blocking Back is often my second leading rusher and nearly always leads the team in average yards per carry. In 2006 our Blocking Back H.H. scored 11 touchdowns and averaged a whopping 14+ yards per carry.

In 2003 my Fullback had 31 Touchdowns. In the 10 on 10 flanker approach to running the Single Wing you don’t have a fullback and the defense knows that every time the ball is snapped it is going to the Tailback.



Most Single Wing Experts will tell you the 10 on 10 game is in not the way to go. In this set, the Blocking Back is set too far over to take a snap. My Blocking Back is often my second leading rusher and nearly always leads the team in average yards per carry.

In 2003 my Fullback R.W. had 31 Touchdowns. In the 10 on 10 flanker approach to running the Single Wing, you dont have a fullback and the defense knows that every time the ball is snapped it is going to the Tailback. The Spin Series is impossible to do out of this set, our biggest play series in the playbook.

In 2006 we averaged over 20 yards per carry on our Spinner BB wedge and in 2005 it was our biggest play as well. We scored 4 TDs on that play alone in our Championship game against a team that had not lost a youth football game in 5 years. In my opinion most of the deception of the system and it’s effectiveness comes from the ability to snap the ball to any of three backs on any play. You can’t do that if you have no fullback or a tight blocking back.

We like to involve everyone in the offense and feel we can work any player in no matter their skill levels into a position that is more than a decoy each and every play.


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