Tier Formation Plays and Playbooks for youth football.
The TIER formation is something Coach Wamer came up with in the late 90s. Whether or not it was used before is unknown, but he termed the phrase "tier" because of the unique alignment.
This formation was created because that year we did not have a "feature" running back, we had 3-4 equal backs, so we used this formation as a power running formation.
The rushing options are unlimited, dives, sweeps, misdirection, reverses, etc.. Passing is rather limited though.
The Tier Formation in detail:
The tier formation is kind of an odd creature and it may not work for every team, but for teams that seem to have a bunch of average type ball carriers or a weak offensive line it might be the solution.
By using its unique offset backfield there really is no primary running back as you can use a variety of lead blocking and misdirection schemes.
To be successful using this formation you will need to have atleast three ball carriers that will follow assignments and not try to do things on their own. This formation really relies on the concept of teamwork more than some others, as any of the running backs can be called upon to block, be a decoy or carry the ball.
The biggest weaknesses of the tier is predictablity, if you do not keep things changing and keep the defense guessing your opponent will stack the line and the tier does not have many passing options.