Defensive Football Plays and Playbooks for Youth Football

When a parent or volunteer coaches a youth football team for the first they often overlook the defensive side of the ball and focus 60-70% of their effort to the offense.  From our experience at the youth level it is a lot better to have a solid defense and a shaky offense than to have a hot offense and a defense that looks like Swiss cheese.

An inexperienced defensive coach will often just pick a defense because it sounds familiar or another team has been successful with it, and that is a mistake.  There are just as many reasons to choose each defense as their are NOT to choose a specific defensive scheme.

There are several factors to take into consideration:

  • Age and Skill Level of players
  • Size and Speed of defensive players
  • Number of potential defensive linemen (DTs,NT,DEs)
  • Your own defensive philosophy (stop the run, balanced or pass prevention)
  • Strengths and Weaknesses of the different offenses in your league.

It takes a lot of time and focus to really analyze the NEEDS of your defensive unit. 

For example if you really only have 2 players that have the size and strength to play on the defensive line, should you really run a defense that requires 4-6 defensive linemen.  If you do the players that are not built for down linemen will not perform and will serve no real purpose.

Our coaches have spent the last 20+ years working with countless youth football players and have had players of all shapes and sizes.

Choosing the right defensive playbook for your team is all about fitting the playbook to the players you have on your roster.

We can help you choose the right playbook for your team, we have organized our proven youth football playbooks so that you can eliminate the guesswork and use a playbook that has been proven "on-the-field".

Beginner Defensive Playbooks
Beginner Defensive Playbooks
Recommended Ages:
8-10+ years old
Recommended Experience:
0-2+ years exp.
Available Playbooks:
4
Available Beginner Defensive Football Playbooks
4-3 Defensive Playbook

Complete 4-3 defensive playbook for ages 8-10 years old.  Includes base defense as well as blitzes and stunts.

Plays:
9
Pages:
13
Type:
Skill:
3-4 Defensive Playbook

Complete 3-4 defensive playbook for ages 8-10 years old.  Includes base defense as well as blitzes and stunts.

Plays:
7
Pages:
11
Type:
Skill:
5-3 Defensive Playbook

Complete 3-4 defensive playbook for ages 8-10 years old.  Includes base defense as well as blitzes and stunts.

Plays:
9
Pages:
13
Type:
Skill:
Beginner Defensive Playbook Combo

Includes all 3 of our beginner level defensive playbooks, the 4-3 defense, 5-3 defense and the 3-4 defense.

Plays:
25
Pages:
37
Type:
Skill:
Intermediate Defensive Playbooks
Intermediate Defensive Playbooks
Recommended Ages:
10-12+ years old
Recommended Experience:
2+ years exp.
Available Playbooks:
3
Available Intermediate Defense Football Playbooks
6-2 Defensive Playbook

Our 6-2 Defensive playbook includes a base defense, blitz package and all player assignments.  Ages 10-12

Plays:
6
Pages:
9
Type:
Skill:
46 Defensive Playbook

Our 46 Defensive playbook includes a base defense, blitz package and all player assignments.  Ages 10-12

Plays:
6
Pages:
6
Type:
Skill:
Intermediate Defensive Playbook Combo

Includes our 46 defense and 6-2 defense.  Designed for ages 10-12 years old.  Complete base defense and blitze packages.

Plays:
12
Pages:
15
Type:
Skill:
Advanced Defensive Playbooks
Advanced Defensive Playbooks
Recommended Ages:
12-14+ years old
Recommended Experience:
2-3+ years exp.
Available Playbooks:
3
Available Advanced Defensive Football Playbooks
5-2 Defensive Playbook

Our 5-2 Defensive playbook includes a base defense, blitz package and all player assignments.  Ages 12-14

Plays:
9
Pages:
13
Type:
Skill:
4-4 Defensive Playbook

Our 4-4 Defensive playbook includes a base defense, blitz package and all player assignments.  Ages 12-14

Plays:
9
Pages:
13
Type:
Skill:
Advanced Defensive Playbook Combo

Includes our 4-4 defensive playbook and 5-2 defensive playbook.  Designed for ages 12-14 years old.  Complete defensive assignments included.

Plays:
18
Pages:
26
Type:
Skill: