Teammates Don’t Pass?
How To Get Your Teammates to Pass You the Ball
My son is playing in a 5th grade league and he often feels what I often see – he doesn’t get the ball as much as we both wish he would. So, this is a blog dedicated to him and other players out there that feel the same way.
The first thing you have to realize is that you can’t control the actions of others. Your teammates not passing you the ball is probably not an indication of what they think of you of a player but more the way that they see the game. If you react as many players do, “if they are not going to pass me the ball, I’m not going to pass them the ball,” they might then react that way as well.
Usually, when players don’t get the ball it is for one of two reasons. Either you are not aggressive enough in getting open or you are too unpredictable and they don’t know where you are. Some players will run all over the court to try and get the ball. While the work ethic is admirable, this works against them because their teammates can’t find them.
There are certain things you do well. Work hard to get yourself in a position to do those things. When the ball finds you, do what you are comfortable with. Don’t overdo things or try things you are not good at to try to make an impression. Do only what you are good at. As you have success at those things, your teammates will start to look for you in those places and situations. If you shoot well from the wing off the pass, get yourself in a position to get your shot on the wing and your teammates will look for you there. Come off a down screen or a flare to get yourself open. When you get the ball, shoot it. If you don’t have a shot, look for someone else to pass the ball to instead of trying to create something that might not be there.
Of course you must do the same for your teammates. If a teammate is open in an area he is good at, sometimes you have to pass up your shot to get him his shot. Your teammates will appreciate that and will repay your unselfishness with returning the favor.
You must understand that this is a process that will take a little while. Changing behavior is difficult. Just keep playing your game, having success and soon you will have the ball whenever you want.