"A pocket staff is a handy tool with great versatility." - Craig Rankin. (Cite: World Book of Sportsmanship) A pocket staff can be an incredible tool, or it can be the cause of an unfortunate accident! Take time to learn about the characteristics of each pocket staff, and how you can best use your pocket staff. This will help you avoid injury and maximize your performance on the field!
When playing on the offensive or defensive, a pocket of staff is often used as a formation tactic to get the ball out quickly to your best blockers. The pocket staff is also effective against single receivers, because it gives the receiver a free release and a big target. It's best used when running sweep plays, outside run plays, outside sweep to right tackle, inside sweep to left tackle, and a variety of other run and pass plays. The pocket bo staff can also be effective as a run support. Read the play and motion your body toward the pocket in order to help the quarterback throws the ball.
The "P" of the pocket staff should always face forward. Don't lean back! The "T" of the pocket staff should be held up with your thumb and index finger, with the club pointing straight at the ground. As you read the play, move your body around the pocket and anticipate the play. Don't be afraid to use your imagination and take a risk. The best pocket staffs use creativity and don't just rely on their "oldies."
As you move across the formation, use your hips and feet to keep the pocket formation "wide open." Don't rely on your arms to keep things closed. You should be able to see the entire field, including the cornerbacks, the safeties, the running backs, and the wide receivers. Don't assume that the "P" will cover everything. As you move from side to side, read the formation and the opposing players and decide where to hit the pocket. If the pocket has a big player (a CB or an S) in it, don't hesitate to deliver a quick hit there.
Don't just worry about making the tackle. If you bring down the football, don't just celebrate with your teammates! You need to go and get the ball, and do it quickly. Otherwise, you'll be running for your life and missing the tackles! A sack does not equal safety.
It is OK to kneel to the sideline to keep the pocket clean. But please don't stay there too long! I have seen too many guys kneel to the ground, just to kneel back in to defend the ball. Kneeling to the middle will make you seem desperate, and may make the other team take advantage of that.
Please don't fade into the pocket! This is an excellent position to play, but it takes some skill and timing. You can either win the race to the ball or you can run like heck! If you fade into the pocket, the other team will know you are all about speed and getting the ball to the hole. Please don't become a sitting duck in your team's pocket.
I hope these tips have been helpful. If you are new to the sport of football, and a pocket staff player, I suggest you start slow. Play with the under center. Learn the basics and soon you will be making plays with the best of them!
OK, now here are a few parting words. It's never to late to start improving your game. The very best football players come from humble beginnings and they strive to be the best! So don't let adversity stop you from reaching your goals.