Balanced Line Single Wing Offense For Youth Football

Written by Dave on August 2nd, 2007

Balanced Line Single Wing Football For Youth Football Teams:

Many coaches have asked me about using the Balanced Line Single Wing Offense in youth football. For most coaches, they ask because they have �Special Rules� in their Youth Football Leagues that require them to use balanced line formations. From 2-3% of youth football leagues have rules like this.

It is very simple to modify the Unbalanced Line Single Wing Offense to a balanced line set. While most High Schools that run the Single Wing Offense do stick to the unbalanced set, a number of them do have a balanced line set or two as well.

Menominee Michigan High School runs nearly its entire Single Wing Offense out of a balanced line set. Menominee won yet another State Title last year as well as blew out the Defending Largest Class State Champion (Wayzata- 3,400 students) of Minnesota. Menominee as most of you know, has just 550 students. It�s hard to argue with Menominee head coach Ken Hofer, who has over 250 wins running this offense from a balanced line set. Hofer is a legend in Single Wing circles and is an excellent clinic speaker.

Some modifications required if you run the Single Wing Offense from a Balanced Line Set:


The midpoint of the offensive line is the center, you now wedge on the center.
Pull the Left Guard on off-tackle runs to the right.
Pull just the Right Guard (not the power tackle also) on reverse runs to the left.
The Left Tackle Blocks GD, Gap-Down on traps to the left.

As you can see, moving to the balanced line is no big deal if you are required to do so. If I was forced to run this offense, those would be the changes I would make. I would make my power tackle the left guard, as he would be my second most athletic lineman.

We must all play by whatever rules the leagues think makes sense, no matter how silly they may be. Don�t dwell or whine about it, just make the adjustments and make it work.

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20 Responses to “Balanced Line Single Wing Offense For Youth Football”

  • Casey says:

    Do you have the LG then pull for the LB? or have him kickout and let the BB take the LB

  • Andy Redinger says:

    Thank you

  • Ken Kennedy says:

    Coach Cisar, couldn’t you pull both guards on the reverse? or wouldn’t you need to?

  • Tom K says:

    Dave,
    In my league you must run a balanced line and no defender can line up over the Center. OG/OT are covered and LB must be 5 yards back. Yes, I will wedge every other Down. What adjustments would you suggest to pull a Guard for the 16 Power. I will have my Center fill for either the LG or RG. I am questioning if the LG can make it to the 6 hole in time and would I move the 1&2 back to 2.5 yards. Which guard would you use for a “G”Block.

  • davecisar says:

    Coach,

    YEs, wedge should be huge.
    Sure pull backside guard, but make sure he is your athletic lineman. Scoot back to 2.5
    G block is always the playside guard. You are right on target coach.

  • Tom K says:

    Thanks Dave, Do you feel the BURST series can be run out of the Balanced Line too. What other adjustments would you make

  • Tom K says:

    I am hoping by the end of the regular season I will be able to run the JET SERIES. Most teams run 6 man fronts in the league I coach in which make 2 TEs very popular on Offense. What adjustments would you make

  • davecisar says:

    Coach,

    I wouldn’t make any- I would run the Jet Series just as it is drawn up in the book against a 6 man line.

  • davecisar says:

    Coach,
    The Burst can be run just as drawn in the book- with the exception being on the wedge- your wedge apex would be the Center.Your 43 G would also have the LG G blocking. Best of Luck

  • Tom K says:

    Dave, I have to make an adjustment. I can’t run an unbalanced line. I am wondering which END (Left or Right) would you split out and what other adjustments you might make. Thanks Dave. First Year SW Coach. Team is 2-2. Our problems are on Defense.
    Offensive we stop ourselves with fumbles and mental mistakes, it will be corrected.

  • Dave Cisar says:

    I wouldnt split anyone out, jsut go double tight ends.

  • TOM K says:

    Dave, I used the JET SERIES for the 1st Time last week with a balanced line(League Rules-using 2 TEs). Overall I felt it worked very good. Our timing needs to improve. 2 Questions would you run 26(Left WB) Power and 45 (Right WB) Power and should the QB fake 18/17 sweep afterwards or go backside. I am pulling my backside guards on POWERS & SWEEPS. I have the QB back 4 yards, would you advise to go back further? How far out should I have my Wide-Out? I crack down on the DE on Sweeps with them

  • davecisar says:

    Coach,

    The 2 is split too far put to ruin 26- just run 16. We do run a 43 counter.

    Im not a fan of having the 1 be 4 yards deep. The snap takes too long and it’s too easy to see that the ball hasnt been snapped to the 3. Its also that much further away from the line of scrimmage, that we have to make up when we want to run 16.

    NO CHANCE a backside Guard adds any value on a Jet Sweep, they are already past him at a full run when they touch the ball.

  • Thomas Koster says:

    Thanks Coach, I was going to have the 2 back “Rocket Motion” for the 26 Power. I will move the 1 back up to 3 yards. I face 6-2 fronts (NO Nose Tackle), I am just going to have the back side of the line, Center to backside END, cross the Defenders face and get down on a LBer/ get into the 2nd level. Am I wrong to do this? Is this putting a minimum player against a stud LBer? or hurting my chances of coming back with a reverse?

  • davecisar says:

    Coach
    Ive not run “red light” type off tackle plays with the Jet back.
    In our series we want to create conflict with that playside DE, with the QB running off-tackle the jet back threatening the flank.
    Yes on true jet plays the backside players to the jet side can easily go to second level without negatively impacting the play.

  • TOM K says:

    DAVE, I AM ONLY GOING INTO MY SECOND YEAR OF COACHING THE SINGLE WING. I HAVE TO RUN IT OUT OF A BALANCED LINE. I JUMPED THE GUN AND GOT THE SINGLE WING 303 DVD/CD-ROM. NO REGRETS. 2 THINGS THAT I PICKED UP FROM THE 303 WHICH I THINK ALL COACHES RUNNING BALANCED CAN BENEFIT FROM IS THE NO MOTION ON THE SPINNER SERIES AND EVEN THE MOUSE. THE OTHER IS THE BUCK SERIES. WITH BALANCE YOU DON’T HAVE THAT EXTRA MAN ON THE EDGE. IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE. THE MAJORITY OF MY OFFENSE WAS RAN TO THE RIGHT SIDE. I DID PUT IN FLIP 25 POWER/ 27 POWER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEASON BUT ONLY AFTER THE BOYS MASTERED THE BLOCKS. THANKS AGAIN, I WISH I COULD GO UNBALANCED.

  • davecisar says:

    Coach,
    I hear you. Best of luck and keep us posted on how your season ended up.

    Regards

    Dave

  • Tom K says:

    Dave, out final game was on the eve of Hurricane Sandy. We dominated the 1st place team and won 19-0. Playoffs were cancelled due to the damage caused to the field plus a lot of families had much damage to their homes. It was the right call. I felt for the 13 year old boys who ended their youth careers with no playoffs. This year I am hoping to get most of my players back. Learned a lot from last year. Can’t wait to get started.

  • TOM K says:

    Dave, It’s Monday-Jan 13, 2014. Yesterday was the Awards Brunch for my Single-Wingers. I only had a WB, Center and 2 OLinemen as returners from last year and we went 6-0 in the regular season and out scored the competition 53-12 in the 2 game playoffs. Thank You. One Day I hope to run the Single Wing out of an UNBALANCED LINE but we were able to have a dream season out of a BALANCED line and ran MOUSE, SPINNER, and JET SERIES. We even had a simple audible system that the boys ran.

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