The Formation Hit Chart

The Formation Hit Chart may be as old as the game of football itself.  Requiring just pencil and paper, but like many form-oriented tasks, aided greatly by computer form generation, Formation Hit Charts come in many variations. 

A favorite of many of today's coaches is a chart like the one shown below.  A chart with 6 boxes is prepared for each formation. Each row of boxes includes identical formation illustrations, with one showing the Formation Strength to the Right and another showing Formation Strength to the Left.

The result is a template that, when completed, looks like this below. The red X's were added to emphasize the point that in this particular game, this particular team used the formation that is charted from only 2 of 6 possible formation/hash combinations. In this particular case, Twins was the second most used formation of the team.

To produce this formation hit chart for Twins Formation, we used the play and game charting logic that is discussed in Game Day Scout, an eBook that is available at www.compusportsmedia.com .  Like any chart, a hit chart becomes more relevant when more games are charted - a task that is labor and time intensive.   CompuSports Easy-Scout products produce a variety of reports that make producing these types of charts less cumbersome and more accurate, and are almost a necessity when combining the Hash and Formation Strength.

A simpler chart like the one shown below does not include the hash, and therefore can be completed more quickly - even during a game as it progresses.

The result is something like this :

Each form has its purpose. 

We produced the first type of Formation Hit Chart (top) in Powerpoint in order to achieve the design goal of 6 boxes, and it has proven to be an indispensable tool for breaking down an offensive formation - in preparation for a game. By including the Hash and Formation strength, this visual representation often becomes quite revealing.  

The second type of chart was created in Microsoft Word which does a decent job at producing portrait-style forms. 

Both of these forms, and many more, are included on the Easy-Scout XP Plus and Easy-Scout Professional CD. 

If you would like to learn about our Easy-Scout products - inexpensive computer software programs that we used to generate these tendencies,  drop us a note using the Feedback form at www.compusports.com  or visit  www.compusports.com/scouting.asp.