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Introductory/Procedural Formations/Motion
THS OFFENSE “M.O.” BASE GROUP / FORMATION

THE HUDDLE General Calls for Position Players


R H X Y Z
THE SIX SECOND RULE
Calls for “4 Wide” Personnel
BASIC ALIGNMENTS RON/LOU
TRIPS RIGHT/LEFT
CADENCE BUNCH/CLUSTER CALLS
FLEX
AT THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE
Calls for “11” Calls for “23”
ROVER
DEFENSIVE IDENTIFICATION RIGHT X-Y-Z H-R

‘YOUR GUIDE TO THE STATES’ Other Calls, Adjustments, Etc.


Abbreviated Cal
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Motion
To Run GameMain
To Passing
Menu GameMain
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Main PlaybookMenu Motion Techniq
Basic rules Special Motion
‘Letter’ Motion
OFFENSIVE FOOTBALL AT TRINITY HIGH
Speed - Power - Pa ssion - Pre paration

SCHOOL:
The “M.O.”
LEARNIN
LEARNING
G
•Becoming an EXPERT at your job so that you play each play with the ultimate
CONFIDENCE
•“With more sophistication comes more CONTROL.” -Sun Tzu, The Art of War

FOCUS
•The ability to channel ALL your mental and physical energy into the ONE job at
hand RIGHT NOW
without any hint of wavering!

EMOTION
•The intensity and energy to sustain you to FINISH what you started - a drill, a
•The bond created when 11 play,
men sacrifice
a series, so
or they won’t let the other 10 down--the
a game!
difference between good & great!

PRECISION
PRECISION
•FOCUS combined with the basic unwillingness to accept even the SMALLEST flaw
in any part of your game!

HEART
•The willingness to work through difficulties, sacrifices, and adversity that others
•The courage to get back up after you’ve been knocked down--the next rep, next
won’t.

MAX Q: The Highest


play, next series, or next game!

Level
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Huddle intro

The Huddle:
“A brief, efficient business meeting”

•How we conduct and break the huddle sets the tone for how we will play
once the ball is snapped…it must be disciplined, focused, and unified!
•The Center sets the location of the huddle, then calls the business
meeting to order by giving the down and distance situation.
•Sprint to it and out of it! Create TEMPO!
•Once the quarterback enters the huddle, he assumes COMPLETE
control of the business meeting. NO ONE else talks!

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Huddle diagram

The Huddle:
“A brief, efficient business meeting”
1. Center sets the huddle, calls down and distance .
2. Substitutions sent from sideline, incoming subs call out personnel group or name of person being
subbed for. Replaced player exits ONLY when he sees his replacement approach the huddle!
3. Quarterback enters and takes control of the huddle, saying “eyes up.”
All ten men make eye contact with the Quarterback!
4. Quarterback calls formation, motion, and play . 11! 11!
5. QB does NOT give a cadence; it is
understood to be on “SET HIT” Z Y R H X Standing, shoulder to shoulder, hands behind back.
unless he calls “False.”
R R L L Hands on thigh pads.
6. If anyone is unclear on the play at T G C G T
all, they ask the QB to repeat
himself by saying “Check “. Q “Eyes up.”
“First
7. QB prepares to break the huddle . “Right Out, Z5, 16 Counter Trey ”
and 10”
8. All eleven players break the huddle “Ready...”
on “ROCKS!” and sprint to the
line of scrimmage . Ball •8 yards

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Huddle tem pos

Huddle Tempo
•We have two types of huddle tempo, and also two kinds of no-huddle
tempo! Each do a particular job in certain situations in a game!
•Our HUDDLE tempos are “Normal Huddle,”
Huddle and “Four Minute Huddle”
Huddle
–Normal Huddle:
Huddle Designed to keep us in normal game rhythm. We generally should
be out of the huddle by :15 on the play clock. Brisk, business-like pace.
–Four Minute Huddle:
Huddle Designed to protect a lead and run clock. Emphasis on staying
in bounds, protecting the ball, making first downs, no penalties! We will be out of the
huddle on normal time, but the QB will slow the pace of getting set, starting the
cadence with approximately :07 on the play clock!
•Our NO HUDDLE tempos are “Attack”
Attack and “Speed.”
Speed
–Attack:
Attack All calls are made on the L.O.S., but we’re not in a hurry. We can take our
time and manipulate defenses with the threat of running a play at any time. ALL EYES
GO TO COACH B FOR THE SIGNAL AS SOON AS THE PREVIOUS PLAY ENDS!
–Speed: Used to speed up the game and conserve time. All calls at the L.O.S., NO
dummy calls, NO motion! We can huddle if the clock is stopped if we choose.

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Six second rule

From the Huddle to the Line:


“The Six Second Rule”
•The most important six seconds of a football play happen BETWEEN the
huddle and the line of scrimmage…how you prepare yourself during this
time will determine the success of the play!
•“The Six Second Rule” is a simple mental routine that each position has
that allows them to do their thinking before the play so that they can be
prepared, confident, and aggressive once the play begins, and be ready
for anything that might happen!
•The actual routine varies by position, but its basic elements are:
–WHAT IS MY JOB (or basic assignment) on this play?
–What, if anything, should I do with my ALIGNMENT to help me do this job?
–What is the DEFENSE’s basic alignment?
–Based on the defense I see, what will my FIRST 2-3 STEPS off the ball be?
–What ADJUSTMENTS might I have to make, based on the defense, to get my job done?

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Basic a lignments

Basic Alignments
## ##

2’ 2’ 2’ 2’
X Z
H 4 4 Y

6 R
“BASE” ALIGNMENTS & SPLITS
•Offensive Line: 2 foot splits!
•X: “Wide Receiver” position on the left, ON the ball, on the numbers
•Z: “Wide Receiver” position on the right, ON the ball, on the numbers
•H: Inside “Receiver” position on left, 4 yards outside T, OFF the ball
•Y: Inside “Receiver” position on right, 4 yards outside T, OFF the ball
•R: “Single Back” position, straight behind QB, 6 yards deep
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Cadence I

The Cadence: Basic Information


•The cadence is a critical way for us to gain an edge! The team that gets off the
ball usually wins each play!
•Basic formula: Number/Number, Number/Number, “Set,” “Hit!”
–Example: “1-22, 4-66…1-22, 4-66…Set, HIT!”
–QB must call each set of numbers clearly to both sides!
–There will be a slight pause between ‘Set’ and ‘Hit’…offensive linemen and backs
must anticipate “HIT” right after set, and get off the ball on the H sound in “Hit!”
–Receivers always move only when they see the ball move!
•We can change or check to plays using a live number in the first digit
–In the above example (“1-22, 4-66”), if “1” were our live digit that week, the play
would be changed to “22”…if “4” were our live digit, the play would be changed to
“66.” If neither were live, then we have made a “dummy” call and the play is
unchanged.

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Cadence II (Ty pes)

The Cadence: Types


•Basic cadence:
*Unless we use a “False” cadence (see below), our plays will always be run on “Set Hit!” The
quarterback may use the number call prior to the “Set Hit” either as a dummy call or to change
the play, or he may go without the numbers and simply go on “Set Hit.” These two possibilities
would sound like this:
–Without number calls: “Set, Hit”
–With number calls (live or “dummy”) “2-17, 4-64 - 2-17, 4-64 - Set, Hit”

•“False” cadence:
–No play called in the huddle - just the formation and “False”
–We DO intend to run a play, but only after trying to draw the defense offside first!
–QB goes through normal cadence sequence with two “Hit” calls, then starts the cadence over
–QB will then go through a normal cadence sequence, using a live number to call the play.
–Ball is snapped on the first “HIT” of the second cadence!
–Example (Assume “3” is the live number of the week)
“1-65, 4-40 - 1-65, 4-40, Set HIT! HIT!…
“6-21, 3-74 - 6-21, 3-74, Set HIT!”
**Ball is snapped, “74” is run!

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At the LOS

At the Line of Scrimmage


J
C C
“Uncovered”
R W S
“Split”
SS
“3 ” E T T E “Sol “3”
X lo” Z
H Y
“1”

R “3”
1a. Offensive Linemen get in their stance and ready to get off the ball immediately!
1b. Quarterback gets to the line quickly, gets hands under center to force the defense to lock into final position
2a. Center calls basic front structure (Even, Odd, Split, Bear); Guards call techniques over them
2b. Receivers make coverage calls
3. Linemen make calls specific to the play being run
4. Quarterback begins cadence
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Gap ID

Gap Identification
Most all defenses base their schemes around the idea that they will defend “gaps,” or potential
holes between offensive linemen. Those “gaps” are labeled using letters, beginning with “A” and
working out in the following fashion:

E D D E

C B A A B C

“A” GAP - Between Center and Guard


“B” GAP - Between Guard and Tackle
“C” GAP - Between Tackle and Tight End
“D” GAP - Between Tight End and Wing
“E” GAP - Outside the Wing

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Front techniques

Defensive Front “Techniques”


When identifying the location of players in the defensive front, we describe them in terms of the
“technique” they’re playing. Understanding these different locations, or “techniques” is critical to
us for a number of reasons:
*It provides a very strong clue as to what gap a man is responsible for, as well as the defenders around him
*It determines for linemen, in many cases, what their first two steps will be and how they’ll go about doing their job
*Often, it determines which way we’ll “check” a play to insure the best chances of success!

“6” “4” “2” “0” “2” “4” “6”


*Special note: Defenders aligned in a
linebacker position have a “0” added as
“8” “8”
a second digit to their technique. For
example, a linebacker aligned 4-5 yds
deep over a guard would be called a
“20” technique, or a “Deep 2” “7” “4i” “1” “1” “4i” “7”

“9” “5” “3” “Shade“” 3” “5” “9”


“0” Technique - Head up on the Center “4” Technique - Head up on a Tackle
“0 Cheat” or “Shade” - Aligned on one of C’s shoulders “5” Technique - Outside shoulder of tackle
“1” Technique - Inside shoulder of Guard “7” Technique - Inside shoulder of Tight End
“2” Technique - Head up on a Guard “6” Technique - Head up on a Tight End
“3” Technique - Outside shoulder of a Guard “9” Technique - Outside shoulder of a Tight End
“4i” Technique - Inside shoulder of Tackle “8” Technique - Head up on a Wing player

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Cores

Defensive “Cores”
The next step in identifying defenses is to classify the front structure in terms of its “core.” The
“core” refers to the how defenders are aligned within the “A” and “B” gaps. There are only four
basic cores, as identified by the Center at the line of scrimmage, and they provide a great deal of
information as to how the rest of the defense is being played around it and how we want to block!
The cores are named and identified as follows:

V V V V V
V V V V V V V V

-Center has a down lineman -Center has a down lineman -Center has no down -Center has no down
on him (0 or Shade) on him (0 or Shade) lineman on him, but both lineman on him, but both
-Either one or both of the -Both Guards also have a guards do*. guards do*.
guards does NOT have a down lineman over them -There is only ONE player -There are TWO players
down lineman on him. (usually 2 or 3 tech). aligned at LB depth from B aligned at LB depth from B
gap to B gap. gap to B gap.
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Core is “Odd” Core is “Bear” Core is “Even” Core is “Split”
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Base set

“Default” or “Base” Formation


and Personnel Group
X Z
H Y

•Our basic personnel grouping is “4”, meaning 4 wide receivers.


•They line up as follows unless a word tells one of them otherwise!
•X: “Wide Receiver” position on the left, ON the ball
•Z: “Wide Receiver” position on the right, ON the ball
•H: Inside “Receiver” position on left, OFF the ball
•Y: Inside “Receiver” position on right, OFF the ball
•R: “Single Back” position
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Trips (Right)

“TRIPS” Call

X Z
H Y H

Moves H or Y—whichever is away from the call—over to the middle


position on the side opposite their normal alignment
•Example 1: “TRIPS RIGHT” moves H to the middle position on the right

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Trips (Left)

“TRIPS” Call

X Z
Y H Y

Moves H or Y—whichever is away from the call—over to the middle


position on the side opposite their normal alignment
•Example 1: “TRIPS RIGHT” moves H to the middle position on the right
•Example 2: “TRIPS LEFT” moves Y to middle position on left

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Bunch (Right)

“BUNCH” Call

X H
Y Z

Same as Trips, except the man coming over (H or Y) is ON the ball,


and the outside receiver steps OFF…all three receivers “Bunch”
within 1-2 yards of each other, with the widest man being 4-5 yards
outside the tackle.
•Example 1: “BUNCH RIGHT” H on the ball in the middle on the right, Z off, all
receivers “bunch.”

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Bunch (Left)

“BUNCH” Call

Y Z
X H

Same as Trips, except the man coming over (H or Y) is ON the ball,


and the outside receiver steps OFF…all three receivers “Bunch”
within 1-2 yards of each other, with the widest man being 4-5 yards
outside the tackle.
•Example 1: “BUNCH RIGHT” H on the ball in the middle on the right, Z off, all
receivers “bunch.”
•Example 2: “BUNCH LEFT” Y on the ball in the middle on the left, X off, all
receivers “bunch.”
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Cluster

“CLUSTER” Call

X H H
Y Z Y Z
“BUNCH” RIGHT “CLUSTER” RIGHT

Same as Bunch, except the inside man sets the group 8 to 9 yards
off the tackle, still 1 yard apart.

•Example: “CLUSTER RIGHT” H on the ball in the middle on the right, Z off, all
receivers “cluster,” starting 8 to 9 yards off the tackle.

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Base again

“Default” or “Base” Formation

X Z
H Y

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Ron

“RON” and “LOU” Calls

X Y Z
H Y Z

Moves H or Y—whichever is to from the call—to a position on the


ball, and their partner to the outside (X or Z) off the ball
•Example 1: “RON”--Y aligns ON the ball, Z aligns OFF.

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Lou

“RON” and “LOU” Calls

X H Z
X H Y

Moves H or Y—whichever is to from the call—to a position on the


ball, and their partner to the outside (X or Z) off the ball
•Example 1: “RON”--Y aligns ON the ball, Z aligns OFF.
•Example 2: “LOU”--H aligns ON the ball, X aligns OFF.

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R-back calls

Moving the R-Back

X Z
H Y
SLIDE SLIM SLIPSLUG STUD SCAT SMART STAR

R SOFT R STRONG

•We can also add words that move “R” from his base position
•To move him to the outside WR spot on the right, we say “STAR”
•To move him to the middle WR spot on the right, we say “SMART”
•To move him to an inside WR spot on the right, we say “SCAT”
•To move him to a blocking position 1 yard by 1 yard off the Right Tackle, we say “STUD”
•To move him over to a wing, 1 yard by 1 yard off the Left Tackle, we say “SLUG”
•To move him to an inside WR spot on the left, we say “SLIP”
•To move him to the WR spot on the left, we say “SLIM”
•To move him the outside WR spot on the left, we say “SLIDE”
•To offset him behind the tackle on the left, we say “SOFT.”
•To offset him behind the tackle on the right, we say “STRONG.”
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11 Group intro (Right)

Tight End Groups / Sets / Calls

X Y
Z

R
•To substitute a TIGHT END in at the “Y” position, we will call for
“11” personnel group (1 TE, 1 back) prior to the play being signaled
•As a basic rule, this substituted Y will align as a Tight End, ON the
ball, on the RIGHT side
•Z aligns in his normal spot, except off the ball
•R & X are unaffected, unless another word is added to move them
•We call this basic alignment “RIGHT”
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11 Group intro (Rover)

Tight End Groups / Sets / Calls

X RT Y
Z

•To keep everyone in the same place as “RIGHT,” but flip the Right Tackle
to the left side, outside the Left tackle, we call “ROVER” instead of
“RIGHT.” The TE slides down to 3’ outside the Right Guard
“ROCK” alignment shown…
Exact same as “Right” for everyone except Y/RT!

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H-back calls

Moving “H”

X Y
Z
OUTSIDE OUT SLOT WING WIDE WIDER

UNDER R OVER
H •We then add a word to tell H where to align:
•If we don’t say anything after “RIGHT,” he lines up right behind the QB, 4 ½ yards deep
•To set him 1 yard by 1 yard off the Left Tackle, we say “SLOT”
•To set him halfway between the left tackle & X, we say “OUT”
•To set him outside of X, we say “OUTSIDE”
•To set him 1 yard by 1 yard off Y, we say “WING”
•To set him halfway between Y and Z, we say “WIDE”
•To set him outside Z, we say “WIDER”
•To put him in the backfield, offset left, 4 ½ yards deep, we call “UNDER”
•To put him in the backfield, offset right, 4 ½ yards deep, we call “OVER”
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Z calls

Moving “Z”

X Y
Z
FLOP FLIP ZIP CLOSE

R
Z •We can also add words to move Z...
•To move him down to a spot 1 yard by 1 yard off Y, we say “CLOSE”
•To move him over to a spot 1 yard by 1 yard off the Left Tackle, we say “ZIP”
•To move him over to a spot halfway between the left tackle & X, we say “FLIP”
•To move him all the way over to a spot outside of X, we say “FLOP”

•To move him all the way over to a spot outside of X but ON THE BALL (as in an
unbalanced set, we say “BIZZLE”

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X calls

Tight End Groups / Sets / Calls

X Y
TIGHT BIG

R
X •…or X
•To put him in a tight end position on the left, in a three-point stance, we say “TIGHT”
•To move him over to the right, ON the line as a Split End “BIG”

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23 Group intro

2 Back - 3 Wide Group / Sets / Calls

X Z
H Y

•To substitute a RUNNING BACK in at the “H” position, while leaving


a RECEIVER at the “Y” position, we will call for “23” personnel
group (2 back, 3 WR) prior to the play being signaled

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23 Group: Y Calls

2 Back - 3 Wide Group / Sets / Calls

LEX REX
LUCY RUDY
X Y Y Z
Y X Y Y Z Y
X is off the ball LARRY RA Y Z is off the ball
in “Lex” in “Rex”

•In this grouping, Y is moved with a series of “R” and “L” words:
•To set him in the inside position on the Right, off the ball, we call “RAY”
•To set him in the outside position on the Right, off the ball, we call “RUDY”
•To set him in the inside position on the Left, off the ball, we call “LARRY”
•To set him in the outside position on the Left, off the ball, we call “LUCY”
•To set him in the inside position on the Right, on the ball, with Z off, we call
“REX
•To set him in the inside position on the ” on the ball, with X off, we call “LEX”
Left,

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23 Group: Split & Weak

2 Back - 3 Wide Group / Sets / Calls

X Z
Y

“Split:” R on Y’s side, H away


H
R HR
F “Weak:” H on Y’s side, F away

•The two backs (H & R) are then arranged as follows:


•By default (if we don’t give them a word), they align in a “SPLIT” set, with
•R in a “halfback” position to the call (same side as Y) and
•H in a “halfback” position away from the call (opposite Y)
*Halfback position means 4 1/2 to 5 yards deep over the tackle’s inside leg!
•To exchange them and put H on Y’s side with R away, we call “WEAK”

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23 Group: Other backfields

2 Back - 3 Wide Group / Sets / Calls


Additional calls can move H and R as follows:
*Note: Unlike “Split” & “Weak”, these calls are not relative to Y. They are the same regardless of where Y aligns!

“BLUE” call “BROWN” call “UNDER” call “OVER” call

H R R H H H
R R
•H lines up in Left halfback •H lines up in Right halfback •H lines up in left halfback •H lines up in right halfback
position, 4 1/2 yards deep position, 4 1/2 yards deep position, 4 1/2 yards deep position, 4 1/2 yards deep
over the inside leg of the T. over the inside leg of the T. over the inside leg of the T, over the inside leg of the T,
•R lines up directly behind •R lines up directly behind uses a 3 point stance. uses a 3 point stance.
Center, 4 1/2 yards deep Center, 4 1/2 yards deep •R lines up in his norml spot, •R lines up in his norml spot,
•Both backs: 2 pt stances! •Both backs: 2 pt stances! 6 to 6 1/2 yards deep 6 to 6 1/2 yards deep

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Squeeze #1

OTHER CALLS
Example 1: Basic formation with “SQUEEZE” call
·X & H, Y & Z “Squeeze” together. Inside most receivers (H & Y in this case) align
at 3-5 yards off the tackle/TE, and X & Z align one yard outside of them.

X Z
H Y

“SQUEEZE” CALL
•Tells anyone in a Wide Receiver position
to reduce their split to within 1 yard of
each other starting at 3-5 yards outside
the tackle.

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Squeeze #2

OTHER CALLS
Example 2: Trips Left “SQUEEZE”
·H & Z are the inside most receivers on their side, and align 3-5 yards off the T/TE.
X & Y squeeze their alignment down to within 1 yard of the next guy inside them.

X Z
Y H

“SQUEEZE” CALL
•Tells anyone in a Wide Receiver position
to reduce their split to within 1 yard of
each other starting at 3-5 yards outside
the tackle.

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Squeeze #3

OTHER CALLS
Example 3: Right Wing Soft Flop “SQUEEZE”
·X is the inside most receiver, sets 3 yds off tackle. Z squeezes down 1 yard off him.

X Y
Z H

“SQUEEZE” CALL
•Tells anyone in a Wide Receiver position
to reduce their split to within 1 yard of
each other starting at 3-5 yards outside
the tackle.

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Squeeze #4

OTHER CALLS
Example 4: Right Wider “SQUEEZE”
·Z is the inside most SPLIT receiver, sets 3-5 yards off tackle. H squeezes down a
yard outside him.

X Y
Z H

“SQUEEZE” CALL
•Tells anyone in a Wide Receiver position
to reduce their split to within 1 yard of
each other starting at 3-5 yards outside
the tackle.

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Stack #1

OTHER CALLS
Example 1: Basic formation with “STACK” call
·X & Z, as outside receivers line up on the ball as normal, H & Y stack behind them.
Split is halfway between the normal alignments of the inside & outside receivers.

X Z
H Y

“STACK” CALL
•Tells receivers split on the same side to
“Stack,” outside receiver first
•Stacking receivers “meet halfway” to set splits.

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Stack #2

OTHER CALLS
Example 2: Right Out Flop “STACK”
·Z is the outside receiver, aligns at the top of the “Stack,” X is the middle receiver,
lining up in the middle; H, the inside receiver, lines up at the “bottom.”

Z Y
X
H

“STACK” CALL
•Tells receivers split on the same side to
“Stack,” outside receiver first
•Stacking receivers “meet halfway” to set
splits.

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Pair #1

OTHER CALLS
Example 1: TRIPS LEFT with “PAIR” call
·H & Y are the middle and inside receivers, respectively, and Stack, H first, H on the
ball. X, as outside receiver, aligns OFF the ball

MIDDLE receiver Z
H
X Y
r e c eiver
DE
INSI

“PAIR” CALL
•Tells the middle and inside receivers only to “Stack,” middle
receiver first
•Middle receiver is on the ball,
“unstacked” outside receiver is now OFF the ball.
•Stacking receivers “meet halfway” to set splits.

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Pair #2

OTHER CALLS
Example 2: ‘SCAT’ with “PAIR” call
·Y & F are the middle and inside receivers, respectively, and Stack, Y first, Y on the
ball. Z, as outside receiver, aligns OFF the ball

X MIDDLE receiver
Y
H R Z

r e c eiver
DE
INSI

“PAIR” CALL
•Tells the middle and inside receivers only to “Stack,”
middle receiver first
•Middle receiver is on the ball,
“unstacked” outside receiver is now OFF the ball.
•Stacking receivers “meet halfway” to set splits.

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BRUIN CARDS TRUMP

ACE EAST WEST

TREE TALL RACK

QUADS LEFT QUADS RIGHT

CREEK LEFT CREEK RIGHT

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Abbreviations #1: Bruin

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Certain sets that can be called with combinations of words in our system
are used enough that we shorten, or abbreviate them to a single word.

X Y
H R Z

EXAMPLE 1: “Right Out Slip”

ABBREVIATED A S:

“BRUIN”
t o G e n e r a l I n f o D I r e c t o r y - t o Sp e cI al S e t s D I r e c t o r y -
Abbreviations #2: Cards

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Certain sets that can be called with combinations of words in our system
are used enough that we shorten, or abbreviate them to a single word.

X Y
H F Z

EXAMPLE 2: “Right Out Scat”

ABBREVIATED A S:

“CARDS”
t o G e n e r a l I n f o D I r e c t o r y - t o Sp e cI al S e t s D I r e c t o r y -
Abbreviations #3: Ace

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Certain sets that can be called with combinations of words in our system
are used enough that we shorten, or abbreviate them to a single word.

X Y
H Z

EXAMPLE 3: “Right Tight Out”

ABBREVIATED A S:

“ACE”
t o G e n e r a l I n f o D I r e c t o r y - t o Sp e cI al S e t s D I r e c t o r y -
Abbreviations #4: East

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Certain sets that can be called with combinations of words in our system
are used enough that we shorten, or abbreviate them to a single word.

X Y
H Z

EXAMPLE 4: “Right Tight Wide”

ABBREVIATED A S:

“EAST”
t o G e n e r a l I n f o D I r e c t o r y - t o Sp e cI al S e t s D I r e c t o r y -
Abbreviations #5: West

“AGREED UPON ABBREVIATIONS”


Certain sets that can be called with combinations of words in our system
are used enough that we shorten, or abbreviate them to a single word.

X Y
Z H

EXAMPLE 5: “Right Tight Out Flop”

ABBREVIATED A S:

“WEST”
t o G e n e r a l I n f o D I r e c t o r y - t o Sp e cI al S e t s D I r e c t o r y -
Abbreviations #6: Quads Left

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Certain sets that can be called with combinations of words in our system
are used enough that we shorten, or abbreviate them to a single word.

X Z
Y H R

EXAMPLE 6: “Trips Left Slip”

ABBREVIATED A S:

“QUADS LEFT”
t o G e n e r a l I n f o D I r e c t o r y - t o Sp e cI al S e t s D I r e c t o r y -
Abbreviations #7: Quads Right

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Certain sets that can be called with combinations of words in our system
are used enough that we shorten, or abbreviate them to a single word.

X Z
R Y H

EXAMPLE 7: “Trips Right Scat”

ABBREVIATED A S:

“QUADS RIGHT”
t o G e n e r a l I n f o D I r e c t o r y - t o Sp e cI al S e t s D I r e c t o r y -
Abbreviations #8: Tree

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Certain sets that can be called with combinations of words in our system
are used enough that we shorten, or abbreviate them to a single word.

X Z
H
Y
R

EXAMPLE 8: “Trips Right Stack”

ABBREVIATED A S:

“TREE”
t o G e n e r a l I n f o D I r e c t o r y - t o Sp e cI al S e t s D I r e c t o r y -
Abbreviations #9: Tall

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Certain sets that can be called with combinations of words in our system
are used enough that we shorten, or abbreviate them to a single word.

X Z
Y
H
R

EXAMPLE 9: “Trips Left Stack”

ABBREVIATED A S:

“TALL”
t o G e n e r a l I n f o D I r e c t o r y - t o Sp e cI al S e t s D I r e c t o r y -
Abbreviations #10: Rack

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Certain sets that can be called with combinations of words in our system
are used enough that we shorten, or abbreviate them to a single word.

X Y
H Z

EXAMPLE 10: “Right Out Stack”

ABBREVIATED A S:

“RACK”
t o G e n e r a l I n f o D I r e c t o r y - t o Sp e cI al S e t s D I r e c t o r y -
Abbreviations #11: Trump

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Certain sets that can be called with combinations of words in our system
are used enough that we shorten, or abbreviate them to a single word.

X Y
H Z

EXAMPLE 11: “Right Outside Flip”

ABBREVIATED A S:

“TRUMP”
t o G e n e r a l I n f o D I r e c t o r y - t o Sp e cI al S e t s D I r e c t o r y -
Abbreviations #12: Creek Right

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Certain sets that can be called with combinations of words in our system
are used enough that we shorten, or abbreviate them to a single word.

X Y
R H Z

EXAMPLE 12: “Right Tight Wide Scat”

ABBREVIATED A S:

“CREEK RIGHT”
t o G e n e r a l I n f o D I r e c t o r y - t o Sp e cI al S e t s D I r e c t o r y -
Abbreviations #13: Creek Left

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Certain sets that can be called with combinations of words in our system
are used enough that we shorten, or abbreviate them to a single word.

Y X
Z H R

EXAMPLE 13:

ABBREVIATED A S:

“CREEK LEFT”
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Motion #1

MOTION:
Moving Players to Spots on the Field

9 7 5 4 6 8

COMMUNICATING MOTION
The way we do this is to simply say WHO we want to go in motion
(H, Y, R, X, or Z)
and WHERE on the field we want him to end up.
The “spots” on the field we can send motion men are numbered IN
CONJUNCTION WITH OUR HOLE NUMBERS as follows:

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Motion #2

MOTION:
Moving Players to Spots on the Field

9 7 5 4 6 8

COMMUNICATING MOTION
This number also tells you a good deal about the JOB you will do within the play called:
*Motioning to the 8 or 9 spot tells you to end up as the OUTSIDE receiver on the side
you’re motioning to, thus doing the OUTSIDE receiver’s JOB.
*Motioning to the 6 or 7 spot generally tells you to end up as the MIDDLE receiver on
the side you’re motioning to, thus doing the MIDDLE receiver’s JOB.
*Motioning to the 4 or 5 spot generally tells you to end up as the INSIDE receiver on
the side you’re motioning to, thus doing the INSIDE receiver’s JOB.

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Motion Example A

MOTION:
Moving Players to Spots on the Field

H 4

COMMUNICATING MOTION
For example, if the phrase “H4” is added on to the end of a formation, we are
literally saying,
“H, line up as the formation calls, then go in motion to the 4 spot, do the job of
an INSIDE receiver.”

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Motion Example B

MOTION:
Moving Players to Spots on the Field

9 Y

COMMUNICATING MOTION

Or, if the phrase “Y9” is added on to the end of a formation, we are literally saying,
“Y, line up as the formation calls, then go in motion to the 9 spot, do the job of an
OUTSIDE receiver.”

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Specialty motion 1

MOTION:
Other Varieties
H H H Y Z

H/R

SPECIALTY MOTIONS I
•SHORT: Tells the receiver called to motion to the inside, but not pass any receivers.
Example – “Z Short”
•CRAZY: Motion across the ball hard, then back to original position or the edge of the set.
Example – “H Crazy”
Note: If you’re told to “Crazy” on the BS of a run play, you’re probably chipping!
•JIMMY: Same as “Crazy,” but outside in. Something J. Murray just made up one day.
Example – “Y Jimmy”
•SKATE: Tells H in a 2-back set or R in a 1-back set to “Skate” from one offset position to
another. Turn & run until you cross the Center, then square up and shuffle.
Example – “Skate”
•SKATEBACK: Tells H or called receiver to cross ball and work back to offset position on his
original side. Turn & run to opposite G, then square up & shuffle back to opposite
T.
•SKI: E xample
Tells H to–motion
“Y Skateback”
from a receiver position back to an Over/Under position on his
side.
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l xample
I c k h– e
“Ski”
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Specialty motion 2 (Letters A)

MOTION:
Other Varieties
X Z
H Y Y

Y Starts as the outside receiver, motions to


R end up in “Base”

‘LETTER’ MOTION
•LETTERS: If you hear your position letter called before the formation, it means that we want
to END UP IN the formation called, and you’re going to MOTION TO THAT FORMATION by
starting off as the widest guy on your side and motioning to your final spot!
*Example #1: “Y - Base”

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Specialty motion 2 (Letters B)

MOTION:
Other Varieties
X Z
H H R Y

H Starts as the outside receiver, motions to


end up in “Slip”

SPECIALTY MOTIONS
•LETTERS: If you hear your position letter called before the formation, it means that we want
to END UP IN the formation called, and you’re going to MOTION TO THAT FORMATION by
starting off as the widest guy on your side and motioning to your final spot!
*Example #2: “H - Slip”

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Specialty motion 2 (Letters C)

MOTION:
Other Varieties
X H
Y Z Z

Z Starts wide, goes in “short” motion to


R end up in “Bunch Right”

LETTER MOTION
•LETTERS: If you hear your position letter called before the formation, it means that we want
to END UP IN the formation called, and you’re going to MOTION TO THAT FORMATION by
starting off as the widest guy on your side and motioning to your final spot!
*Example #3: “Z – Bunch Right”

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Specialty motion 2 (Letters D)

MOTION:
Other Varieties
X Z
R Y H

R starts as widest receiver left, motions his


R way back to backfield to end up in “Soft.”

LETTER MOTION
•LETTERS: If you hear your position letter called before the formation, it means that we want
to END UP IN the formation called, and you’re going to MOTION TO THAT FORMATION by
starting off as the widest guy on your side and motioning to your final spot!
*Example #4: “R – Trips Right Soft”

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Motion technique

MOTION:
Moving Players to Spots on the Field

COMMUNICATING MOTION
*Technique note: In many cases, the motion man should use a “shuffle” technique as
he completes his course. In other words, as he gets to the final 2-3 steps prior to
reaching his “spot,” he squares his shoulders to the line of scrimmage and shuffles.

*You should NOT shuffle if: the momentum of your motion is taking you in the
direction you want to release (I.e., you want to outside release and the motion you’re
using is taking you outside).

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States

In other words...
1 Kentucky Wildcat Bluegrass
2 Tennessee Volunteer
3 Georgia Bulldog Peaches
4 Florida Gator Sunshine
5 Illinois Lincoln
6 Wisconsin Badger Cheese
7 Minnesota Gopher Viking
8 Montana Joe
9 Idaho Potatoes
19 Washington Husky Denzel

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Flex (Right)

“FLEX” Call

X H
Y Z

Same as Trips, except the man coming over (H or Y) is ON the ball,


and the outside receiver ‘STACKS’ behind him, while still functioning
as the OUTSIDE receiver in the route. The Inside receiver does not
change.
•Example 1: “FLEX RIGHT” H on the ball in the middle on the right,
Z off, stacked behind H, still as the outside receiver.

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Flex (Left)

“FLEX” Call

Y Z
X H

Same as Trips, except the man coming over (H or Y) is ON the ball,


and the outside receiver steps OFF…all three receivers “Bunch”
within 1-2 yards of each other, with the widest man being 4-5 yards
outside the tackle.
•Example 1: “FLEX RIGHT” H on the ball in the middle on the right,
Z off, stacked behind H, still as the outside receiver.
•Example 2: “FLEX LEFT” Y on the ball in the middle on the left,
X off, stacked behind Y, still as the outside receiver.
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