As basketball is a sport of almost constant motion, for the players and the ball, well developed dynamic acuity is just as significant as good static acuity.
The following is an explanation of the most relevant dynamic visual skills associated with basketball. These are all learned skills that can be improved with practice.
This is a basic skill that has to be perfected in a basketball player, since their whole game revolves around shooting, passing and catching a ball. Poor eye-hand coordination can lead to missed baskets, uncaught passes, fumbles and unnecessary turnovers.
Players must be able to change focus instantaneously as the ball comes toward them or is thrown away from them. Quick, accurate saccades (or eye movements) are needed to rapidly survey the locations and movements of the other nine players and the ball in relationship to the basket, boundary lines, etc.
It is of crucial importance for a player to make the right move at the right time. Therefore, perfect timing is essential. A player has to anticipate exactly when to make a pass, when to go for a rebound, when to intercept a pass, etc.
Since basketball is such a fast moving sport, the players have to be able to react to any situation that rises as quickly as possible. If their reactions are automatic, it will help in plays such as interceptions and rebounds.
It is vital for a player to recognize the opportunity for certain play development as quickly as possible. The players only have fractions of a second to get a shot off, to make a pinpoint pass in traffic situations, to block a shot or to recognize a certain offensive or defensive set up.
Other dynamic visual skills that are important for basketball players are Concentration, Depth Perception, Peripheral Awareness, Dynamic Visual Acuity, Fixation.