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By Hugh Wyatt
with acknowledgements to Bob Hepp
Head Football Coach, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

It was at my Chicago clinic several years ago that I first met Bob Hepp, then the coach at Viroqua High School in Viroqua, Wisconsin. He was coming off his first season running the Double-Wing, and had had good success, making the state playoffs. What especially interested me was Bob's telling me he had run the Double-Wing without ever huddling. He handed me a printed description of how he did it, then sent me some more materials and a couple of tapes. I have since adapted the system to my purposes, adding my own touches here and there, and while my no-huddle is by no means as sophisticated as Bob Hepp's, the basic idea was his, and I am grateful to him for it.

The no-huddle has many uses, including wearing a defense down, speeding up play, and reducing the defense's ability to change and adjust. I actually huddle most of the time, using the system largely as a very efficient means of calling plays.

Although Bob Hepp told me about it, I had to find out for myself - we experienced a dramatic increase in practice efficiency: by eliminating the time spent getting in and out of the huddle; we are now able to run the same number of plays as we've always run in our offensive team period, in 2/3 the usual time. Put another way, we can run 50 per cent more plays in the same time period. If only for this reason, I can't imagine going back to my old ways of doing things.

Another surprise feature of this system is that unlike almost any other automatic or no-huddle system I have ever used, it is very difficult for your own scout defense to crack (and you know good they normally get at it).

We provide every offensive player with identical wrist-bands, containing that week's game plan. That allows us to call - or signal - plays to the QB or to the entire team - at the line or in the huddle.

Originally, I invested no money in "store-bought" wrist coaches. I do use them now, but if you are on a tight budget, it can be expensive having to buy them for everybody, and you shouldn't allow the fact that you don't have the money to prevent you from employing a no-huddle system such as this one. We were able to get into the no-huddle quickly and inexpensively - and you can, too.

Below is an enlarged version of a sample "game plan" card (obviously, the kids will have to be taught what the abbreivations mean):  



To find out more...

Page 2- Making the Grid

Page 3- Making the Bands

Page 4- Coding the Game Plan

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