A pass used by a team to trigger a fast break following the opposing team's made basket, defensive rebound, or steal. The pass is usually from a forward or a center to the guards.
An outlet pass is crucial to the fast break. In order to move up the ball as quickly as possible after a rebound, the ball has to be given to the fastest player on the court, which is typically the point guard. The best outlet passer attempts to get the ball to his fastbreaking teammate as quickly as possible in order to catch the defense off-guard.