Activities Sports & Athletics Creating a Youth Football Offensive Playbook Ease of Coaching and Ease of Learning Essential for Football Success Share PINTEREST Email Print Tetra Images/Erik Isakson / Getty Images Sports & Athletics Football Plays & Formations Basics Playing & Coaching Best of Football College Football Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Sean McCormick Updated June 13, 2018 There is no need to re-invent the wheel when creating a youth football offensive playbook. No matter the type of offense, coaches use a variety of numbering systems which have been around nearly as long as the game of football itself. The focus is to diagram and name each play so it can be easily taught and quickly recognized by the players. Hole Numbering There are two traditional numbering systems familiar to coaches at all levels of competition: Wing-T System: In use prior to the introduction of the Wing-T itself, the system became synonymous with Tubby Raymond's Delaware Wing-T scheme. Each hole, the space between the players on the line of scrimmage (LOS), has a designated number and begins on the right. ('1' hole in the area outside the last man on the right side of the LOS, '2' hole is between the receiver and the right tackle, etc.) Odd/Even System: This system uses the center as the starting point for hole numbering; even numbers to the right of the center and odd numbers to the left of the center. ('2' hole between the center and right guard, e.g.) Numbering the Backfield 1 = Quarterback 2 = Primary Running Back (Tailback or Left Half Back) 3 = Fullback 4 = Wingback or Right Half Back Letter the Receivers Y = Tight End X = Split End, Wide Receiver of weak side Tight End Z = Slot Receiver or Flanker Use Descriptive Words 24-Lead instructs the fullback to lead block for the '2' back through the '4' hole. 26-Power instructs the left guard to pull and follow the lead block of the fullback through the '6' hole, with the '2' back receiving the handoff. 17-X Reverse instructs the quarterback to run toward the '7' hole. Instead of continuing on the sweep, he hands off to the 'X' receiver who will run in the reverse direction.