Man to Man Play: 4 Out Swing Rattle
This play works out of the 4-out, 1-in set so it's great for anyone running that offense. You often get an easy cut to the basket or wide open shots on the wing.


  1. Players set up in the 4-out, 1-in set. Player 1 starts the play. Player 5 flashes to the ball side elbow and Player 4 swings around the ball-side low block. What this does is it clears out the right side.
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  1. Player 2 makes a V-cut and receives the pass from Player 1.
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  1. Player 1 then cuts around Player 2, receives a hand-off from Player 2 and drives it hard to the hoop for the lap-up. If the post defender slides over to help, Player 1 can make an easy pass to 4 for the lay up.

    Option: If the defense prevents the hand-off, then an option is for player 2 to either make a bounce pass or a dump pass--soft lob pass-- to player 1, who then can take it to the hoop.
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  1. Option: If Player 1 does not receive the ball, then he moves through and sets a screen for Player 4. Player 2 passes to Player 4 for the lay-up.
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Troy Wyant says:
11/21/2007 at 10:32:54 AM

There is an easier way to present this play and I used it when I coached AAU 7th grade it got me 12 points respectively from doing it to each side. When I coach at the High School level the older kids tend to pick it up quicker but is still a good play. I wouldn't know how to draw it up on here but the number 5 man is the most important man in the play that I run because the play solely rides on his screen


Thomas says:
11/21/2007 at 12:45:34 PM

great! should work for me since i have two big post players and plenty of speed otherwise.


Tim Herman says:
11/22/2007 at 7:52:08 AM

This should also work against a zone. Look at drawing 2 you have an overload situation on the left side. You have 4 offensive players being guarded by 3 defensive players. Depending on how the defense plays the zone either 3 will have 3ptshot if the D3 player goes down to guard O4 or 5 will be left open for the jumper from the free throw line.


o'dell says:
11/29/2007 at 10:17:37 AM

good stuff, anybody got any good 1/2 court traps to share.


Brent says:
12/11/2007 at 8:59:20 PM

I'd like to hear Troy Wyant's version of this.... I think there could be more picks involved too and if player one approaches player two slowly then hooks around him fast I think the play becomes far more superior. As always though, the setup for the screen is crucial.


Terry McClure says:
12/14/2007 at 11:41:07 AM

Hey Thomas if you have two big post players and plenty of speed, anything would work.


nupe3 says:
8/14/2008 at 11:13:40 AM

Nice play, I like the movement of the players.


karlie says:
12/29/2008 at 8:07:19 PM

This play is exclent. I''m a basketball player and I have a great coach. But my assistant coach is soo annoying and makes you do things that makes him good, he doesn''t understand everyone is diffrent. I have a way that makes me really good at shooting freethrows but he makes me do it his way. I shoot 25%! That is horriable. He just wont understand that he can''t make everyone perfect. His granddaughter is on the team and he tries to make sure she is perfect but it almost like hes tring to mess me up because I''m not trying to brag but I''m the best on the team and he doesn''t like the fact it''s not his granddauter.


Matt says:
8/18/2009 at 9:11:27 AM

Great play for a quick hit. Could work good for our team cause we run a lot of 4 out 1 in sets. Use this a couple of times then you could fake the handoff to the 1 man, clear the 1 to the corner, bump the 4 man to the oppo corner, and have the 5 man set a back screen for the 3 flashing to the goal.


jered says:
11/2/2009 at 6:12:01 PM

i believe this play would be alot more effective if on your forth option the 5 man would set a pic for the 3 man. this brings his man out of the equater opening it up a lot more. it is also very benoffical if the three man V cuts bringing his man into the 5 man.


cyndi says:
12/10/2009 at 3:38:00 PM

if you are playing w/4 players how would you run the 4 out swing rattle.


Ja''Shad Avery says:
9/27/2011 at 9:19:21 PM

hurry up I went to play


Ja''''Shad Avery says:
9/27/2011 at 9:20:39 PM

I want to play right now


Steve says:
10/19/2011 at 6:45:27 AM

@ O'dell for a half court trap I put 3 girls at half court. I send the middle girl across the half court line when I say go those 3 girls main job is to make the person bringing the ball up to pick the ball up and pass it over their heads. I put two people that can move their feet on the elbows with the job of looking for 1. bad passes or 2. passes they've seen before. We play man to man but work on this in stead of full court press at the 4th quarter.


shlomo says:
10/26/2013 at 7:23:46 AM

Good for a team with a guard that can make good decisions


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