Sheet Templates to Create Offensive Scout Team Efficiency

Sep 21, 2020 | Practice Organization, Program Development

By Joe Pearson
Defensive Coordinator/O-Line
Oxford Area High School (PA)
Twitter: @swarm_defense



We, at Oxford, value reps and decision making while in practice. To do so, we needed to look at other ways to increase scout team effectiveness and efficiency. The traditional days of one coach holding the clipboard or drawing and trying to install the Wing-T in three minutes were wasting time and costing our guys valuable reps both physically and mentally. We needed to increase reps and reduce the number of guys standing around. This led to our Scout Offense sheets.


Scout Sheet:

Diagram 1

Diagram 1B


We developed and adapted a scout offense sheet that consists of 12 numbered plays, 6 on each side. We would have scout sheets draw for the different sessions of practice (Combo periods: pressure, pass concepts, inside run, 7 on 7 and Team Periods). As last season progressed, we made sure we included a few essential points to allow the sessions to run effectively.

  • Must include the defenders
    1. This allowed the scout to see where the defenders will be. This helps reduce the possible talent gap and any surprise of pressure.
  • Defensive call (highlighted for the scout team to see quickly)
    1. It allows the scout team to see our defensive call system and allows them to have an advantage in seeing movements and pressure.
  • The offensive plays are drawn.
    1. Used for blocking responsibilities and/or pass routes.
    2. It allows you to indicate any specific blocking responsibilities.
  • Use terms that describe your blocking and play-schemes (highlighted for the scout to see quickly)
    1. We will never be able to replicate schemes we do not run with the effectiveness to teach the details. We want our scout to play fast and develop in our offensive scheme, so we run our closest scheme (i.e.: Opponent A runs buck sweep; I will write our terms used for pin and pull on the sheet and highlight. Opponent B runs inside zone, I will write the term used for Duo on the sheet and highlight).
  • Put the letter for the hash mark in the location of the ball (M in the middle of the play box, etc.).
    1. Allows for our center to see the location and move there as quickly as possible.
  • Finally, the offensive skilled position must use your terminology and/or position letter indicators.
    1. Reduce all teaching and translation (i.e.: we call our TE the Y, use Y not TE on the scout sheet. i.e. FB is H).
    2. This allows for scout players to fill in their position quickly, feel more confident and play faster.