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Founder and Owner of the Flexbone Association. Since 2007 we have provided the tools necessary for teams to succeed running the Flexbone Association System. Over the last ten years over 200 teams have been instructed by the Flexbone Association. I've consulted with teams and or run camps everywhere from Belfair, WA to Key West, FL. The Flexbone Association strives daily to help coaches succeed with this time tested offense, I have been a football coach for 16 seasons, currently at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, GA I played at St. Mary's Springs High School in Fond du Lac, WI under legendary head coach Bob Hyland. I've been fortunate to be part of five state championship teams (1997,1998,2002,2011,2012). In 2011-2012 St. Mary's Springs led the state of Wisconsin in scoring and set consecutive school records for points scored, Psalm 27

Flexbone Formations: Use a Little Trips to Run Midline


Trips Midline Rules

PSWR – Stalk

PS A-Back (Middle Receiver) – Stalk

PS A-Back – Lead through B-gap, block 2nd level threat to safety

PST – High Pressure Control

PSG – Veer to PSLB to BSLB

C- Base-Reverse Ace

BSG- Short Scoop-Reverse Ace;

BST- Scoop

BSWR- Cutoff

QB –  Read #1

B-Back- Midline track

Trips Midline v. 4-4

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Advanced Rules

1. If the defense does not bring a defender from the open side to the trips side–keep running midline to the trips side–you have an extra blocker to the playside.

2. If the defense brings a defender from the open side to the trips side–run Triple to the open side–you will be pitching off the secondary.

3. If the defense does not cover #2 (playside A-Back who is the middle receiver)–throw a bubble screen to him.

When This Works

Don’t under estimate how good of a play this could be on a 3rd and 6-8 scenario. The trips formation intimates to the defense that you are going to throw (either sprint out or drop back). Midline hits quickly and you can be sure the fold player, in this case the outside linebacker can be blocked. If they don’t widen him, bubble screen is an easy completion and easy yards. I’ll never advocate throwing bubble screen as much as some of these heavy passing guys, but in this case, it can be very effective. 

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