ABC Kickoff – Onside Kick Strategies

Onside Kick Strategies

Like many youth coaches, unless we have a commanding lead we prefer to onside kick rather than put the ball in the hands of one of the opposing team’s best players in space.  Below is our take on the “ABC” kickoff which is combination of an onside kick we learned from and Ted Seay’s “ABC” kickoff.  Some of the advantages are:

– We don’t put the ball in the hands of the opposing team’s best athletes.
– Because we kick towards the sidelines instead of the middle of the field, it allows us to cut the field in half.
– We have the option of kicking to the left (“A” kick) or the right (“B” and “C” kicks).
– We can get some of our weaker players on the field.

This does require the use of 2 kickers, but since we are mostly looking for “ugly” kicks this has not posed an issue for us.

We designate the kick once everyone lines up by using a word that starts with either “A”, “B”, or “C”.  For example,  “A”rkansas, “B”aylor, “C”alifornia”.  When everyone is ready the “B” kicker always signals to the referee that we are ready whether he is the kicker or not.

A Onside Kickoff

B Onside Kickoff

Deep Kickoff

Note:  If you league observes NFHS Rules, you will want to move K6 to the right of K4 so that you have 4 players to the side of the kicker when utilizing the “A” option.

Below is a video of a Super Smurf team using a similar, but slightly different strategy very effectively:

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