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My name is Alonzo Saldivar and I coach the Tucson Redskins senior midgets.
We ran the double wing and finished the sesaon at 14-0. We won the city championship beating a great team, the Tucson Cowboys, who ended the season with only 1 loss and taking third in the state. We then went on to beat the SEV Thunder in the state finals 60-48. The SEV Thunder were the junior midget national champions the year before. We went on to win the Pigskin Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Our team was very successful and we averaged alomost 50 points a game with a running clock after a 36 point mercy rule. The blocking is great and I frankly do not know why anyone would run another offense. The Tucson Cowboys also ran a double wing and I had a hard time trying to prepare for them. I believe they also averaged around 50 points per game, blowing out almost every other team. I loved the toss plays to either side and were very effective for our team, but I truly beleive that you really can't stop the doublewing because there are so many threats; wedge, counter, monster, etc. It is simple to teach and all the kids are involved. We were not a huge team by any means, but the doublewing does not require the fastest or biggest kids to win games. It has a great scheme and lets the players work as a unit . It lets all the kids feel great because they are all part of the success of the offense.
It is sad to see that in youth football many coaches let the fastest kid get to the outside and get all the success. We used all of our running backs and all were very successsful. Our whole team felt like superstars because everyone felt as if they were vital to every play.
Thank you coach,
We had no problem installing the system other than our line being very inexperienced and took a lot of "coaching up" to get the machine running smooth and executing their assignments consistently.
The trap and power were our most successful plays. We had a little problem with the play action passes to our tight ends. Catching the ball was an issue this year.
We will absolutely be running the doublewing next season. This was year number two for us implementing the double wing offense. 2011 record 11-0, UYFL Championship. This year (2012) we were 10-0, and NYFL Champions.
Mountlake Terrace, WA
Hello Coach Johnson,
My name is Darrell Rodgers and I am a Little League Coach for Rossford, Ohio (suburb of Toledo). I started out as an assistant coach when my son was in 3rd grade. During his 3rd and 4th grade year, I saw many struggles. But this past year, I was given the opportunity to be Head Coach of my son's 5th/6th grade team (11 and 12 year olds). Most players had 2 to 3 years playing experience in tackle football. Some players had more years if you included their flag football time. It was a stellar year using the Double Wing.
We did not have any problems installing the system, but rather getting the players to understand their individual jobs and lead blocking. By running the plays over and over in practice we were able to hammer those problems out. No particular defense gave us problems because all the defenses tightened up on us, and when they did that, that's when we had them!
Our regular season record this year with the Double Wing was 7 - 0, with 217 points scored, and only 20 scored against us. We then went on to the Ohio Athletic Committee Championships. We beat 3 other undefeated teams to win the 12U Bronze Division Championship... the first time in Rossford history!! We are pretty excited about it.
We had a little problem with pulling both guard and tackle when we had to sub kids that were not on the starting offense.
The reverses were our best plays. We had the least success with the trap plays.
We will be running the doublewing again next season. We were 6-0 in scrimmages. We were 3-4 in league play. 4-0 mid season qualifier tournament (1st place). First place in state championship.
I coached the 11-12 Age Group. We had 27 kids, with a core group of about 8-10 players and about 10 players who never played football before.
No real problems installing the system. The main issues were keeping the blocking assignments straight. The head coach was not really comfortable pulling both guard and tackle because on several plays in the jamborees they would arrive at the hole the same time as the ball carrier. I convinced him to let me pull just the guard and we did fine. If you have a fast back you will have to tinker with the right spacing to account for his speed vs the quickness of your lineman.
The 26 Pitch was our most successful play. The Traps were the least successful probably because the players were confused with the blocking assignments. We had the most trouble with the 4x4 defense because of the extra linebackers and those teams that crowded the LOS would try to crash the middle so you have to make sure you do not allow playside A gap penetration.
If I am coaching next year, I will definitely run the doublewing. If not, I will strongly recommend it to the next coach.
After losing our 1st game 39-7, we finished 8-1 and won the CPFL Championship 26 to 25 avenging our only loss of the season in the playoffs. We then beat an undefeated team from Greensboro who averaged 35 pts per game. Thanks Coach Johnson and Staff. I am a believer in the Doublewing!!!!
Yes, we did run your Double Wing! I modified it slightly to accommodate our 12th player up here in the great white north. I coach 10 and 11 year olds, some of which had never played football before let alone been involved with the double wing.
I did not have any trouble installing the system after I figured out where to place the extra player. I placed him as a tailback to act as a decoy and also run some basic off tackle power and sweep plays. Let's just say it worked well. The system ran extremely well including the passing game.
The kids had a blast as many different players got to handle the football and score. I looked after the defense as well for which I installed the Gap-Air-Mirror. Therefore, I determined through practices that this was a tough defense to play against. As it turned out only one team gave us difficulty and they too ran a similar defense.
Believe it or not, our least successful play was the 26/47 pitch. The counter and sideline pass plays were our most successful. I really enjoyed installing the double wing. However, I am no longer coaching at the youth level and have moved on to high school where more of a Canadian style of football is taught.
The kids went on to go 9-0 and won the 2012 ATOM DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP. In my few years of coaching I have never witnessed so many lopsided victories and that was even with a lot of first year players. The championship game was against that tough defense I mentioned earlier but we managed to score the only TD of the game, running the sideline pass! Great play! Simple and effective for this age group. Thank you for your philosophies on the game. We do have a high school in the area that runs the double wing with great success so maybe there's hope yet.
We used the doublewing for the 2012 season. We were undefeated, 11-0. League champs and Super Bowl champs. We scored 356 points averaging 30+ points per game.
We ran the doublewing for our 5th and 6th graders. This was the first year for the 5th graders. This is my 5th year running the doublewing and in my opinion there is not an easier offense to implement.
The reverse was our most successful play followed by the counter. There wasn't a least successful play. I will absolutely run the doublewing next season.
We've only lost 2 games in the past 5 seasons; mostly due to turnovers, not the doublewing.
New Richmond, WI
I installed the double wing in my county all-star 5 and 6 year old team. We were playing 8 man football so I had to change a few things but worked on the same principle.
We traveled to a local Bowl tournament and played the best teams in our area and went undefeated and won the big trophy. The kids were so excited about this we then entered into a very large Thanksgiving weekend tournament where they were playing 11 man football. I had two weeks to get them up to speed and we were looking very good. We scrimmaged our local 7/8 year old all-star team and we scored on every drive that we had the ball. They were really excited and ready to go to Atlanta for the big tournament but at the last minute the tournament was cancelled. All in all the offense worked very well and I will use it again this year.
I took over in mid-season after the old coach decided to turn in his badge. Running his pro style offense we scorded only one touchdown and started the season 0-3. It took us about 2 1/2 weeks to install the Double Wing. Once we got going we had no further problems. We went 4-1 after installing the Double Wing. We plan on running it next season.
Coach Michael Cowart
We ran the Double Wing this year with a 9 year old team. We had only 14 players, 5 first year players and the rest between 2 and 4 years experience. Most of the kids played the entire game. We had no problem with the system. We had the basics down, Pitch, Counter, Wedge, Reverse.
Installing the Double Wing was the best coaching decision I ever made. We scored on 80% of our possesions. We were 6-2 during the season, scoring 220 points in 8 games. Before the Double Wing, we averaged 30 total points for the year. In the playoffs we were 1-1. One game short of the Super Bowl. Our 14 boys loved this offense. With a little improvement, and maybe a pass or two, we'll be in the Super Bowl next year.
Coach Dan Smith
We weren't expected to do that well following a stellar undefeated season. We installed the Double Wing and went undefeated in the regular season, losing in the championship game 13-6. I definitely credit the Double Wing with our winning season.
Coach Michael Terminelli