Using EZPLAYZ is as simple as
opening a PDF file. EZPLAYZ formations are saved in PDF portfolios which allow
you to easily navigate through the entire formation. EZPLAYZ does require a
minimum of Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0 so, if needed, you can download a free
version of Acrobat 9.0 at http://get.adobe.com/reader/ .
Table of Contents
- Using EZPLAYZ Playbooks
- EZPLAYZ Receiver Routes and Designations
- EZPLAYZ Blocking Schemes
Using your EZPLAYZ Playbook
After downloading and saving your EZPLAYZ Playbook to your
computer, open it and click the “Get Started” button to access the plays. Please note that by clicking the “Get Started”
button, you agree to the End-User License Agreement and are bound by the terms
and conditions contained therein.
All EZPAYZ Plays are stored within the PDF file and are easy
to navigate with rotating folder views. Click
on the formation folder you want and open that formation.
Now you can easily browse through the plays and select the
one you want to view. Click the play you
wish to view and it will open up in a new window.
Now that your play is open, simply click anywhere on the
page to activate it and then click on the play button on the bottom right side
to view the animated play. If this is a
play you’d like to share with your coaches and your team, click the save button
in the toolbar and select “Save File From Portfolio”
We suggest you create a folder on your computer(s) entitled
“MY EZPLAYZ” as a location to save the plays you want to include in your teams
playbook. From here you can easily e-mail and share the saved plays with your
EZPLAYZ Playbooks have the great feature of searching for
plays in the portfolio. Simply type in a
search term (e.g. “Sweep”) and a toolbar will pop-up on the right hand side
with the results. You can then click the
result you want to see and it will bring you to that play.
EZPLAYZ is EZ to Use, EZ to Share and EZ to Win.
EZPLAYZ is authorized to be used on two (2) separate
computers and the sharing of plays is limited to one team’s coaching staff,
players and the parents of players. Distribution of any kind beyond the team is
EZPLAYZ Receiver Designations back to top
Balanced Formation (eg. Wishbone):
X receiver is always on the left side of a
balanced formation (typically a Tight End).
Y receiver is always on the right side of a
balanced formation (typically a Tight End).
Strong Side/ Weak Side Formation* (eg. I Left)
X receiver is the eligible receiver on the weak
side of the formation.
Y receiver is the inner eligible receiver on the
strong side of the formation.
Z receiver is the outside eligible receiver on
the strong side of the formation.
* For the understanding of your
players, the strong side of the formation is the side on which there are more
players. Conversely, the weak side is the side with fewer players. Make sure your
players don’t get this confused with the wide side and short sides of the
Passing Routes (Passing Tree) and Play Naming
Naming with Passing Routes
EZPLAYZ utilizes two (2) play names for some
passing plays. In this example, there is a long version (I LEFT X POST Y OUT Z SCREEN) to make sure that when the play is
called, it is completely clear to the players; specifically those who are going
out on the routes.
The shorter version (I LEFT 830) is for the more experienced players. The numbering
system always goes from Weak to Strong Side. In the example above, X-8; Y-3; Z-0
EZPLAYZ Blocking Schemes back to top
EZPLAYZ offers three different
1. Zone Blocking
2. Blocking Rules
3. Pass Blocking
We have intentionally chosen not to
put in detailed blocking assignments for a number of reasons:
1. Quite simply there are just too many
combinations of blocks and defenses the line may be encountering to cover them
all. For example, if you were to cover all the blocking possibilities for a 7
man front against a 4 man D-Line, there are 840 possibilities of how that 7 man
front can block!
2. You have your own blocking rules that
you want to implement in your strategy.
3. Specific blocking schemes that I
design as a coach are based on my talent and strategy which will both differ from
yours. The last thing you need is a play that demonstrates something very
specific which will not be applicable to your team.
are your rules that you want your kids to follow. Whether GOOLS
(Gap-On-Outside-Linebacker-Safety) or some other standard blocking scheme or
even your own, our Blocking Rules play format allows you a great deal of
Blocking is blocking towards the play side of where the play is going. I’ve had
a lot of coaches argue with me over Zone Blocking. They say, “Why in the world
would you want to block where the play is going?”, well I’ll tell you why,
“Push the player
in the direction they are already going!”
exactly what makes this an effective blocking scheme. It is much easier to push
someone in the direction they are already moving, versus pushing them in the
opposite direction. This also allows the opening up of running lanes for a
quick footed running back to exploit as well as upfield blocking by your
linemen in the second and third levels.
away from the play is effective only as long as you can hold your block, once
you lose your block you are out of the play and the player you were blocking is
free and clear to wreak havoc on your runner.
blocking also allows you to better utilize a smaller line and still be
effective. Let’s face it in youth football you can have mismatches of 140
pounds versus 80 pounds. If the 80 pounder is trying to push the 140 pounder in
the opposite direction, he will lose that battle 99% of the time.