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Integral Bunch Pass Route Packages

This article was originally posted on Direct Snap Football.

The following materials are intended to supplement the presentation I gave at the 2007 Single Wing Conclave in Wilkes-Barre, PA, although I believe they also stand on their own in discussing the Y Stick/Turn and Bunch Mesh/Under route packages. While I diagram them from unbalanced line single wing formation, these packages are applicable to any Bunched formation where three receivers are in close proximity to each other at the snap (i.e., within 5 yards of each other).

The first pass route package, which is known as Y Stick or Turn, is essentially a ball-control package, albeit with a deep shot built in. It is among the highest-percentage route packages I know of, and will deliver 7-9 yard gains with low risk on a very regular basis…and that is if your opponents are playing good pass defense. While it is designed to attack the underneath coverage in zone defenses, it can also be useful against man coverage.

The other package, Bunch Mesh/Under, is the latest version of the Bunch Mesh route package from the fertile mind of Coach Andrew Coverdale. He now prefers it to the original Mesh package he has been teaching since the mid-90’s. It is easier to install and to read, and provides good answers to both man and zone coverage.

I have had success with both of these pass route packages down to the age of 8, and they are both staples in modern passing attacks at every level up to and including the NFL. I’ll be happy to answer questions about either or both, and about the pass protection schemes I discuss — e-mail me at seayee at hotmail dot com.

Y Stick/Turn

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