Huddle Ideas & Suggestions

Updated April 17, 2017

In any sport, huddling is the coming together of a team to discuss plays and motivate teammates to keep pushing forward in the game. The purpose of huddling is effective communication for all team players so no mistakes are made when executing the play. To perfect this with every play, implement some strategies to benefit the team.

Reviewing Plays

As the play caller discusses the play, listen to what all the terms are and be sure each one is clear. Speak up to the captain if a term is unclear in the event other team members are unsure and do not speak up. Suggest improvising a play if a play route falls apart or is heavily defended, but only do so if the team captain approves it. For defensive huddles, decide if man-on-man or zone coverage would be best based on the offensive performance. Defensive huddles are uncommon, but necessary if the offence is advancing too quickly.


Promoting friendly and sport-friendly gestures is a great way to encourage the crowd to react as well as confuse the opposing team. In order to make a crowd react, moving one's arms in an up or down motion tells the crowd to make more noise or quiet down. This gesture should not be overdone, as it can throw a team's momentum off. To confuse an opposing team, a player can make certain hand or foot movements while in the huddle. A player can step slightly out of the huddle and distract the opposing team with various pointing hand gestures, for example, to influence an idea about what the next play will be.

Verbal Cues

While coming out of the huddle, a team or designated players can use various words to actually promote a certain play or to confuse the opposing team. In football, for example, a quarterback will often use cues such as "Green 13, Blue 42" followed by "hike." When using verbal cues, every team member has to agree on the cues and also understand what each cue means.


Part of sports is about the performance and the "show" put on for the crowd, and the huddle should be incorporated into this idea. When all huddle discussions have concluded, have a hand clap or cheer ready to get the team focused on executing the play after the huddle. A cheer or hand clap rhythm can be a number of things, but it has to be a cheer or cheers the team agrees on and wants to demonstrate to the crowd and opposing team.

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Jason Vaughan started writing professionally in 2004 when his poem, "Mirror-like Limpid," was published in the literary magazine "Undefined." The same poem took second place in a local library poetry contest in 2005. Vaughan graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in history.