One doesn’t see the I formation run at the high school or collegiate level much these days. I’ll see it maybe once or twice a year at the high school level and a few times a year watching college ball on television. Although, many more teams DO run it inside the 5 yard line as a power formation. As for youth programs, I’ve seen a few more. But, I’ll tell you what, when I do see it, it’s still pretty darn effective. For many years at my old high school we ran the Option I and had a lot of success with it. After a little tinkering, and advice from another coaching staff at a very successful high school that also ran the Option I (except better than we did), we came up with an easy to learn option offense out of the I formation.

The biggest change was installing the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s series and installing what we called the belly play. We wanted to be able to have a mud game as we played playoff games in crummy November weather. I’m going to make a series on this offense and we’ll just take it a little bit at a time. In our first part of this series we’re going to begin by taking a look at our two formations that we ran 90% of the time. We did run other formations, depending on our personnel, but these were our staple formations.


Yep, that’s what we called our basic formation. The kids knew we were coming out in the I, it was just a matter of where was the tight end. Was he right or left? So, that was as simple as we could make it. Below is our RIGHT.


Although this was not the first formation that we taught, we used TWINS probably just as much as RIGHT and LEFT. Below is TWINS.

Of course we could call Twins Right or Twins Left. The Tight End always went opposite side of the twin receivers. This gave us a look of strength to the twins side but our running strength was on the tight end side.

We will continue this series over the next few weeks (or as long as it takes) and walk you through the basics of the Option I as we ran it.


The playoffs are either over or wrapping up in most states.  We just finished in Illinois Thanksgiving weekend. After taking a deep breath it will be time to start learning more and tweaking the system. We have many resources here at Chiefpigskin and we’ve just added one more. It’s our biggest project yet and you are going to love it! It’s our online clinic that will feature eight clinics from all around the country. Get a staff pass and take advantage of  resources that the whole staff can learn from. Keep checking us out and remember that we here at Chiefpigskin are committed to providing all the info we can to help us all become better at what we do. Hey, tell me what you think on Twitter. @TheChiefpigskin.

Coach Albaugh – DBLITY

Coach Albaugh coached high school football in Illinois for 28 years. During that time he coached at every level and on both sides of the ball. He was the offensive and defensive line coach for four undefeated teams and was a defensive coordinator in his last 11 years, twice reaching the semi finals of the Illinois state playoffs.