When coaching youth football, one of the most important things to learn is how the offensive line sets up in youth football. One difference between youth football and high school and college football is that in youth football, when the offensive line is setting up, there are usually 7 to 8 people on the offensive line. In high school and college there is usually between 5 and 7 offensive linemen. A big reason for this is because in youth football there are more simple running and passing plays that do not require as many running backs and wide receivers. Let's discuss the way an offensive line sets up in youth football.
- In the middle of the offensive line is the center. The center's responsibility is to snap the ball to the quarterback, as well as having blocking responsibilities.
- Next to the center, on each side, is the right guard and left guard. There is usually one to two feet on each side of the center between the two guards. The guards, like a center, should be of decent size and be able to move decently to reach the desired targets to block.
- Moving out from the guards, the next position is the left tackle and the right tackle. Obviously, the right tackle is to the right of the right guard and the left tackle is to the left of the left guard. The tackles are generally the biggest offensive linemen who are very good at run blocking as well as pass blocking.
- When setting up an offensive line for a youth football team, generally there are 2 to 3 tight ends. If there are two, then putting one on each end of the offensive line is the normal practice. If three, then there is two on one side and one on the other. The side with two tight ends is referred to as the strong side.
That is how the offensive line sets up in youth football. Sure, there can be different things done with the tight ends, but the alignment listed above is usually how it is set up. Being a youth football coach can be a very fun and rewarding experience, teaching the youth how to set up their offensive line can be very fun and enjoyable.