Originally Posted by WVRed
I don't really see how. You are using a QB as a tailback basically. If you pitch the ball to your HB(who is acting as a QB), it's basically a HB pass, which is legal.
Somebody like a Tim Tebow would be perfect for this type of offense.
On a normal scrimmage play, the ineligible receivers have to wear numbers in the 50-79 range and they have to report when they're going to be in a pass-eligible spot. So the defense may not know where the eligible receivers are going when the offense breaks the huddle, but at least they know who they are.
The A-11, as I understand it, uses a loophole in the rules. On scrimmage kicks (field goals and punts), as long as the snap is taken seven or more yards behind the line of scrimmage, the jersey-numbering restriction goes away. This is so teams aren't limited to using interior linemen on punt coverage etc. The "gimmick" of the A-11 is that they use a very deep shotgun snap, seven yards behind the LOS, so the other ten guys can wear eligible-receiver numbers and make the defense guess as to who's coming out for the pass on any given play.
So, to neutralize the A-11, all they would have to do is say, if you are in a scrimmage-kick formation, you cannot legally throw a forward pass beyond the line of scrimmage unless your ineligible receivers conform to the 50-79 numbering rule. That would make it hard for some teams to throw passes off a fake punt or field goal, but it could be done.