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Double-cross the defence: double your big plays. Part 1

Note: Here’s why my plays are hand-drawn. Over half of my 40-year unpaid football coaching career happened pre-Internet. My entire 40-year coaching career was in a level of Football Poverty that has to be experienced to be believed.  I used a pen and paper to draw plays for three reasons: it saved time, got the job done, and it was affordable. My SWAT No-Huddle has no conventional playbook. I have never drawn a play for my players. I drew plays for myself only. Coaching football was a full-time job but never my full-time job. During my football coaching career, I was a police officer for 15 years, a college law enforcement professor/program coordinator for 20 years, and I have been a gym owner since 2001. Additionally, my wife and I raised 3 daughters. I have a 49-year workout streak. And I wrote books. I didn’t have time and still don’t have time to learn or use a computer program to draw football plays because time is valuable when football doesn’t pay the bills. I live in the present but I still cling to the past. Hand-written plays are Sacred Memories from another era that I don’t want to forget.


Doubling the number of big plays doubles your chance of Winning Big. Winning Big is different than winning. It’s a level of winning that separates you from the rest – dual meaning. It distances you from all the competition and distances you from excessive downtime.

The distance between you and all your competition dramatically affects your coaching mindset and you team’s mindset. There are 3 distances between you and your competition – even, behind, in front. All three positions dramatically impact your Coaching Mindset and Team Mindset. Our goal is always Winning Big.

Distancing yourself from down-time means reducing the time you are down- dual meaning. Doing nothing, and behind in points. Being down is the #1 threat to our program. Our objective in coaching underdogs in Football Poverty is to eliminate time being down. Being down, both meanings, is a risk to winning and winning big. Get out in front, stay out in front. It changes the mindset of the game. The score of the game from the opening kickoff to final score changes thinking – ours and theirs.

The simplest way to double the number of big plays is the double-cross pattern from the limitless formations in our SWAT No-Huddle Offense System. The above diagram is only one variation of the double-cross. Our SWAT No-Huddle language is the key to operating at warp-speed – one play every every 8 seconds after the ball is spotted. Our limitless, paperless system is predicated on shifts/motion from the F-back to the 4th receiver where he becomes X.

The explanation and teaching points will be explained in part 2.

#MUCHLOVE  #soulofalifter

Blessings + all good things.


Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., Level 3 NCCP

Owner – X Fitness

Author – SWAT No-huddle Offense

Head coach – Niagara X-Men

Host – Blunt Talk Podcast

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