One of the penultimate butt-hurts of our sport is the missed opportunity for a pass. If you’re unfortunate enough to have the ball and shoot instead of pass to one of your team-mates, 9 times out of 10 at least one player will give you the you’re-a-selfish-jerk eye. This can eventually lead to you either perpetually feeling like a jerk (something that I and many others are generally okay with, it turns out), or always passing even when the situation isn’t the best for a dish.
So let me bring up a few reasons that your team-mates may not be passing to you:
For one thing, your position is horrible. You’re behind the net, for God’s sake! WHO IS GOING TO PASS TO YOU THERE?! That or you’re so far removed from the action that passing to you would essentially reset the play–and that’s only good if things are starting to go south.
Another reason I’m not passing to you: you’re surrounded. If you have more than 1 opposing player between the pass from me to you, chances are it’s not worth the risk. Hell, normally one player between the pass is risky enough. If you don’t see a clear line between us, chances are I’m not going to go for it without being 100 percent sure you’ll be able to make it all work out. Interceptions just hurt, you know?
Also, are you even just a foot away from me? What good will passing do in that case? Why are you that close to me? Why are you smiling at me and trying to hack my mallet just stop it sheesh.
I’m not going to pass to you if I see you’re being poached. Likewise, I’m not going to tell you “I’m not passing to you because I see another player is waiting for that pass,” because then that player will know I’m wise, and will re-enter the play (or at least figure out some other way to disrupt our team). Sometimes the ball carrier can see something you do not, dear possible-receiver of a pass. Just accept this.
Now that I’ve written all that, let me negate the majority of this post by writing that it’s also very important for ball carriers to be aware of possible passes–and making sure that you call out to them in some way (or make them aware that you’re in a good position for a pass) is key to getting the opposite team mixed up enough for a clean shot. But take note: if you want to get that pass, make sure you’re putting yourself in a better position to make a goal than the person you’re getting the pass from–or at the very least able to shift the play enough that you can move the ball closer to the point of a shot.