Youth Football Jumbo Formation & More

By FirstDown PlayBook on Jul 24, 2023

The FirstDown PlayBook Jumbo formation contains a lot of characteristics you need to teach Pop Warner youth football fundamentals. With Jumbo, you have the luxury of having a tight end and a wing.

When you stop and think about it, this is at the core of most perimeter run game plays. The bonus is that you also have two backs for an inside and outside run game. You also have the same thing to the weak side minus your wing.

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Your Jumbo formation forces the defense to adjust. If they do not, you have a healthy list of ways to get the ball to the edge. If the defense adjusts then it allows you to look for a weakness inside. The fact that you have two backs in the backfield gives you a threat inside too. Jumbo gives you that downhill pop and the perimeter attack as well.

The Jumbo formation is like any other youth football offense, in that it is going to be best for you if your personnel allows you to run it. In this case, a Fullback who can act almost as your third Guard is key. This is important because the fullback will create an extra gap inside. It is up to the defense to find where you are inserting your fullback. It is still used with some goal line offenses in high school and college.

Some defenses will overplay your Jumbo formation wing side. When this happens, a good changeup is a nice simple downhill lead play. Another good play is the counter you will see in this short 50 second video. This type of balanced attack will keep your opponents from overloading your wing side.

You will want to include bootleg pass or two to help hold the corner. If the quarterback will just keep the ball a time or two that will eliminate the corner on this lead play. The Free Safety? Well the Tailback has to make one defender miss right?

FirstDown PlayBook offers you 12 different formations just like this youth football Jumbo formation. You should consider one or two of these for your Pop Warner offense. Tap on any one of the tiles below to visit the article describing that formation. Then get on over to FirstDown PlayBook to get busy coaching your Pop Warner team with the best football playbook available!

James Coates