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Shifting in Youth Football

The Rules on Shifting and Motion in Youth Football

Shifting and Using Motion in Youth Football:

Youth football coaches often have questions pertaining to the legalities of shifts or motion. While I’m not a huge believer in shifts for teams aged 9 and under, we have used motion with these groups all the way down to age 6. We have successfully used both shifts and motion from age 10 on up and with teams of 8-9s where at least half the kids have at least 1 year of tackle experience under their belts.. These tactics often put your team at a huge numbers advantage pre-snap.

Here are a few simple guidelines to remember:

You have to have a minimum of 7 players on the  แทงบอลออนไลน์ Line of Scrimmage. You can legally have all 10 on the line, but you have to have at least 7 on the line for the formation to be legal.

When shifting, all your players must come to a complete stop for at least one second before a player can go into motion.

Motion is legal as long as the player motioning is running parallel to or away from the line of scrimmage. No player is allowed to motion in a direction towards the line of scrimmage.

It is perfectly legal to shift more than one player as long as your team is not trying to “simulate the snap” to draw the other team off-sides. In other words as long as the shift movements are fluid and deliberate and are not designed to draw the defense off-sides, shifting is legal with multiple players. Again the shifting players must be set for a full second before they are allowed to shift or motion.

Once your player goes into motion you can legally snap the ball. Many youth football coaches mistakenly feel your motion player has to be in motion for one second prior to your team snapping the football. That is incorrect, as long as that motion player is motioning parallel to or away from the line of scrimmage, you can snap the ball at any time. Again, this player must be set for one second before he is allowed to go into motion.