Youth Football Power Adjustment

By FirstDown PlayBook on May 17, 2023
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Today we want to look at a very simple youth football Power adjustment. Whenever a football coach, at any level, begins to tinker with football schemes it can get dicey. If you are running a play or a scheme, it normally means that you have seen it work somewhere else.

The play might be something that you have run in the past. It might be something that you have seen on video. Sometimes it could even be that you just like the way it looks when it is drawn up.

The best advice is to stay with what you see if at all possible. After all, if the play or defense is “battle tested” as they say, then why change it? If you are going to tweak it then it better be for a good reason.

Making youth football adjustments can be very hard because you don’t have the time to study or record practice video or the games like a high school or college coach does. However, there are times when you can adjust if common sense is to prevail. You will have different fronts to block throughout your season.

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Take this adjustment off of the staple of most physical football teams that run the football. To make adjustments to the Power is nearly sacrilege to some offensive line coaches. Here at FirstDown PlayBook we think there are times when it can help at the youth football level.

We all like that double team at the point of attack we get when we call a youth football Power run. However, if your Fullback is getting met in the backfield every time, it won’t matter. You could end up just throwing out the play. It is our thinking that sometimes a slight tweak based on personnel matchups is another option. It starts with your Tackle and Tight End.

If you think your Tackle at the point of attack can hold up, then the scheme below might be a better football play for you. You essentially will base the play side and let the Fullback lead up on the play side Linebacker. Once again, we don’t suggest changing the play unless you need to but you shouldn’t be afraid to make a common sense adjustment every now and then.

There are a few other tweaks to consider as well. If you decide to block it this way you can teach your Tight End to get a little wider split. Most youth football Defensive Ends contain so that player will probably widen too. You will also see that we have the Fullback in short motion so that they can get downhill on the linebacker better.

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If that Defensive End is staying wide and not penetrating then you can stay with the double team. One last thing on the way out. We love the Power out of this formation because you can run it to either side. If you have two Guards who can pull this can be several plays wrapped up in one formation. Of course you can find both versions of the youth football Power blocked up vs multiple defenses in FirstDown PlayBook!

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