View Full Version : The Spread in 8-Man Football
11-17-2004, 12:51 AM
Our Christian School league (TAACS) is starting 8-man football next year, and Ive been asked to coach our team. Our school is limited in numbers, and so for offense Ive come up with this:
Our Base Formation:
Screw tailbacks, we'll use our QB and the slot receivers for our run game. We'll insert a fly-sweep series, when were under center or when were in the Gun. Theyll be forced to take some guys out of the box, so if the QB sees 3-4 in the box, he'll have the freedom to take off. The fly sweep series will set up a nice play action vertical game to go with our possession passing.
Also, a Trips package will be installed which should also be effective in running sweeps with the QB or reverses and such to go with the passing game.
The reason Im posting this is basically for some input, would it work, and obviously any suggestions would be helpful. Im sorry if it belongs in another forum, I just know the guys in here are pretty good football minds.
11-17-2004, 07:57 AM
The fly sweep would be an great addition especially with the fake of the sweep and the QB keeping it aournd the opposite end.
With the trips package you can have an automatic to run the fly toward the weak side if they over play the trips side.
Like most situations the phylosophy isn't as important as the execution. so make sure you run some plays with the fly motion without the fly fake.
If you get a chance try to find Tom Seays playbook for installing his wild bunch system if you can't find it let me know I will send it too you. It's around 122 pages but I think it would be great for 8 man b/c you can have a bunch formation also and a strong running game.
Fluff E Bunny
11-17-2004, 10:00 AM
I'm jealous. I'd love to coach football even though I never played. I just like the X's & O's stuff :)
Anyway, here's a link you should check out, it includes some info on the Wild Bunch mentioned by japes as well as a ton of other formations and schemes:
football shtuff (http://bcwarrior.coachingstaff.com/)
The guy who runs the site coaches at a Christian academy out in California, so I'm sure he'd be open to email correspondence with you.
11-17-2004, 11:33 AM
The Triple Shoot link on his site should also be of some help to you.
11-17-2004, 02:38 PM
I have Ted Seay's book. It's a good read, and I plan on using some of his principles. Being a Bucs fan, Ive seen Gruden use the Bunch extensively and will have it as part of the package, especially for the Red Zone.
It's a bummer there isnt alot on the net about 8-man, so I dont even know if anything like this has been tried. There could be some inherent flaw with it, but to me the theory seems sound.
11-17-2004, 07:15 PM
Thanks for asking for "our" input... wow I feel that's quite an honor.
I've picked up some great info from both Coach Eien and Coach Seay just for my videogame dabbling. Both Gentlemen I'm sure will provide even more info to you in your real-life gig.
Be sure to check out the Chucknduck forum, both men have a regular presence there and there are other real life coaches I'm sure can help you.
Another offense that I've heard is really good for 8 man football is the modern Double Wing (Hugh Wyatt,Don Markham.. just take out the tackles).
I know Sysko's Bookstore (sorry don't have any of these links for you, you should be able to look them up though), has a materials on 8 and 9 man football that may be useful to you. Obviously you have a ton of work to do even at a small school running a football program is a major undertaking (But you can do it !!!!)
GOOD LUCK !! I will be rooting for you and your team next year!
11-22-2004, 01:22 AM
This site may also help you out.
8 Man football (http://www.geocities.com/colosseum/stadium/8427/)
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