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July 28, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Innovative, interesting, controversial: The A-11 offense

Imagine 11 guys running onto the football field, every one of them reporting eligible. Nine of them set up into three sets off three along the line up scrimmage. And then not one, but two, quarterbacks line up behind the middle set. Only six are eligible to go downfield, but who do you cover?

There’s the dilemma, one the coaches at Piedmont High School, a Bay Area school in California, created to help the small school compete. The team debuted the offense last season, and scored only nine points in its first two games. But then it went 7-2 after that and made the postseason.

So now the coaches are getting calls from around the country, from other coaches at small schools who want to implement the offense. The offense even has its own Web site now.

You’ll never see it in college or the NFL — where rules are player eligilbity are more stringent. But the coaches discovered a loophole in high-school rules. If the quarterbacks line up more than seven yards behind the line of scrimmage, then the formation is considered a scrimmage kick formation.

There’s been much debate on the play’s legality, but California has already ruled it legal under its state rules. The National Federation of State High School Associations has not made a ruling on the offense.

Continue reading for a diagram of how the offense lines up, and leave your own opinion on the offense. Should it be allowed — or maybe should your school start implementing it ASAP?

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