Tom, nine man football is rare, a few youth leauges have it because of numbers or whatever, there are only three states that have 9-man football in high school , North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota.
Most other small town football in america is 8-man or 6-man. I played and coached 9-man here in North Dakota.
Having 6 men on the line of scrimmage is odd though in 9-man normally you must have at least 5 on the LOS just line in 11-man you must have 7, so six is odd but no big deal, think of it as a double tight and a split end in 11-man.
9-man is a very easy transition from any 11-man offense, all you are missing is the Tackles on offense. You can take any 11-man playbook scratch the tackles and you have an offense. In 9-man most teams run a double tight, but everything else is identical.
Defense is a little more tricky depending on what defense you run. I like a four man front in 9-man. A 42 defense is sound, with two DT's, two stand up DE's, A Mike and a Will backer, Two corners and a saftey.
If you can blitz, I would run a 33 stack in 9-man. If I ever coached 9-man again I would run the 33 stack. With a nose, two down de's three stacked LB's on the heels of the D-linemen. two corners and a safty.
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