The Single Wing Youth Offense Formation is one of the oldest offensive formations in American football. It is said that the Single Wing Offense was possibly invented by Glenn Scoby “Pop” Warner while coaching Jim Thorpe at the Carlisle Indian School from 1903 to 1917.
The Single Wing Offense formation is a great offense for youth football, especially for younger age divisions 5 to 9 years old. The Single Wing offense is on of the top pee wee football offenses run across the US’s little league offenses. Dave Cisar and Jack Reed, two top youth football book authors, are big proponents of the Single Wing Offense Formation for pee wee football teams. I too run a Single Wing variation called the Beast, which was a Yale Single Wing Offense Formation.
Why do I like the Single Wing Youth Offense?
The SW offense puts a lot of players at the point of attack. The Single Wing is a run focused offense but has a pretty good passing package too, if you have a good passing running back. Since many young QBs are not passers, the QB in the Single Wing Offense formation is a key blocking back. The formation uses an unbalanced offensive line to overpower the defenses and also utilize the Wing and QB as main blocking backs. The off-tackle play is a very strong play in the Single Wing Offense as is the Power Sweep. I am fond of the misdirection plays in the Counter and Reverse the offense can run out of the Single Wing. Many NFL teams still use the Single Wing but the teams and announcers call it “Wildcat.”
If you are interested in the Single Wing Offensive formation I would check out Dave Cisar’s book, Winning Youth Football, and Jack Reed’s book, Single-Wing Offense for Youth Football, and my book, The Power Wing Beast Offense for Youth Football.