Play Calling System

FIRST DIGIT - FORMATIONS

The first digit of the play call indicates the formation.  This digit will indicate if its two back or one back and where the Ends will align. Anything 100/900 is a 2 back formation with called side halfback in a wing position and the non called side halfback in a dive position.  Any color or 500 is a 1 back formation with both halfbacks in a wing position.  Anything Orange/Black is a 1 back trips formation with both half backs in wing positions and non called side halfback on the line of scrimmage.  The ends are aligned as follows and this can change with a prefix call.

FORMATION CALL SIDE HB NON CALL SIDE HB WR TE
100/900 Wing Position Dive Position Away from call To call
Blue/Red Wing Position Wing Position Away from call To Call
500 Wing Position Wing Position Wide side  short side
Orange/Black Wing Position Wing Position-on the line To call - #2 Rec To call - #1 Rec
 
 
The prefix to the formation tells the ends where to line up and also what is their alignment in the formation.  These prefix work for both 1 and 2 back formations. Their are prefix's meant for the trips package, only as well.
 
FORMATION PREFIX WIDE RECEIVER TIGHT END
Loose (Lo) Away from call To call - wr splits
Right (Rt) Right side Right side 
Left (Lt) Left side Left side
     
     

The second digit of the play call indicates the pattern of the backs, which in turn assigns the ball carrier, and the type of blocking.  All of these series may be run with or without motion, i.e., to or away from the wing.  The backfield actions are as follows:

 

SERIES

NAME WHAT THIS INFORMATION TELLS YOU
Teens QB series/sprint Full flow backfield action - QB in control of action
20's Buck Series Split flow backfies action with QB faking away from point of attack
30's Power Series Full flow backfield action with TB lead blocker and BS guard pulling
40's Triple Option Triple option backfield action with QB opening up to play side
50's    
60's 6 Man Protection 6 man pass protection - 5 offensive lineman and tailback
70's    
80;s Belly Series Full flow with QB reverse pivot and TB main focus of series
90's Lead Series Full flow with QB openig up to playside with TB lead on option
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Third Digit - Point of Attack (Holes)
 
Third digit is point of attack. Except for the flank numbers the holes are numbered over the offensive lineman.   It also assigns the man who is the original lead or the wall off blocker and indicates the direction of flow of the backfield.  Even numbers direction is to the right and odd numbers, direction is to the left.  
 
 



 
 
Suffix following the play call modifies the blocking from what we consider normal for that particular play.  For example - 20/21 - normal blocking is guard trap blocking scheme.  If we were to say 20/21 Gut then the blocking scheme would be altered to the gut blocking scheme.  These modifications can be simple - exchanging assignments with 2 lineman or can be completely different