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The Importance of Formation Recognition

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© December, 2010

by Ryan Ruschhaupt
Assistant Coach Monterey Peninsula College

Football is an ever evolving game where some of the most creative and intelligent coaches in sports find ways to defeat you merely by the alignment of players in a formation. Offensive coordinators search for alignment weaknesses in order to outflank a defense, while defenses utilize disguise in order to deceive and confuse an offense. Long gone are the days when we faced a team that stays in a pro-set offense or a base 4-3 the entire game. Offensive formations can be wide, tight or even unbalanced in just one series or even a set of downs. Modern American football dictates that we must have players ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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