Updated: Nov 19
Many have asked, what is this air raid offense you keep referencing?
As such, I wanted to let you all know why we use the Air Raid as the basis for the offensive part of our program.
The Air Raid offense was created decades ago by Hal Mumme. The offense has been adopted by some of the most successful high school, college and even professional teams around the world. Even offenses that don’t claim to be Air Raid have multiple Air Raid concepts in them due to their simplicity, effectiveness and pre-built adjustments..
DFA has taken the Air Raid one step further, becoming experts at Middle School Air Raid to ensure youth athletes are completely prepared for high school. Our program will teach:
Common football concepts players will use their entire football career, even outside of the Air Raid offense (flood, verticals, shallow, etc)
Simplified the concept details for players (minimal routes/concepts, max repetition, building off mastered routes/concepts)
Common football adjustments (per position) are built into the offense (RPO, sit in zone vs run from man, blitz recognition, coverage recognition)
All of fundamental and advanced football skills players need to know before high school are encompassed within the concepts (QB, WR, RB basic and advanced training)
What makes DFA experts?
DFA Program Director Matt Lasker started his Air Raid exploration in 2018, looking for a way to spread the ball around at the youth level. Since then, Matt has been featured in numerous publications, podcasts and interviews for his work bringing this innovative offense to the youth and middle school levels.
Matt’s goal has been to provide free resources to other youth and middle school coaches so they can run this style of play effectively.
Resident QB Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Chandler Davis, has taken his experience in the DFA program to forge his own Air Raid centric career locally, finding amazing success everywhere he has coached. Feel free to check out the resources below to learn more.
Whstle YouTube Channel (creator, 1500+ subscribers, 111,750+ views)
Whstle.com: Air Raid Coaches Community & Resources (creator, 2000+ members)
YouthFootballOnline.com Article: Middle School Air Raid, Turning the Tide
CoachTube.com: The Complete Middle School Air Raid Webinar Series (17, 5 star reviews)
Coach Pigskin Online Conference: Middle School Air Raid, Turning the Tide
Run the Power Podcast Interview: Matt Lasker – Youth Football Air Raid Ep. 239
Coach Mackay Interview (30,000+ subscribers): Can you run the Air Raid Offense in Middle School
Coach Salas Interview (5000+ subscribers): Middle School Air Raid & 4 Verts
Air Raid Certified, 2021
Air Raid 2019: 8th grade/14u, (Matt Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator)
1951 passing yards
30 passing TDs
Air Raid 2020: High School Varsity club (Matt Offensive Coordinator, Chander QB Coach)
Top Offense in Champions League (5-1 record)
Air Raid 2021, 6/7th grade/12u, (Chandler Offensive Coordinator, Aaron Silverman Head Coach)
Total yards - 2827
Passing yards - 1653
Rushing yards 1217
Touchdowns - 51
Air Raid 2021 - 8th grade/14u, (Matt Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator)
Total yards - 3129
Passing yards - 1310
Rushing yards 1819
Touchdowns - 50
Air Raid Middle School Program Highlights
Players with carries - 27
Players with receptions - 19
Players with 100 yards receiving - 11
Total Yards - 5956
Total TDs - 101