Man to Man Basketball Play: Swing Variation

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The Swing Variation is a very effective set basketball play to use against a man to man defense. This play gives you lots of options and almost always gets you an easy shot right under the basket. The play actually comes from the Swing offense. When we use Swing as our primary offense, we scored on the first play of almost every game. And many times we scored the second and third times too. The flex cut in this play is extremely effective, especially when the defense doesn't know what's coming.


Player #5 should be your best post player and player #3 should be your best three point shooter.


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  1. Player 3 & 5 will start staggered near the block with Player 3 lined up behind Player 5.

  2. As soon as Player 1 crosses half-court, player 5 sets a screen for Player 3. Player 3 cuts to the wing.

  3. Player 1 passes the ball to Player 3.

  4. Player 5 establishes post position.
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  1. If Player 5 is not open, he sets a screen for Player 1. The Screen should be set just above the free throw line. Player 1 should set up his man by faking a cut toward Player 3 on the wing.

  2. Player 3 will look to pass to Player 1 cutting to the hoop.

  3. Player 5 will look for a pass on the elbow from Player 3.
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  1. If neither option is there, Player 5 will pop out and receive a pass from Player 3.

  2. As the pass is being thrown to Player 5, Player 4 will set a screen for Player 2.
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  1. Player 5 passes the ball to Player 2.

  2. As that pass is thrown to Player 2, Player 1 will set a back screen for Player 3 and Player 3 will cut to the block on the left side.

  3. Player 2 will either swing the pass to Player 4 right away and Player 4 will pass to Player 3 coming off the back screen.

  • Player 2 could throw the pass to Player 3 coming off the back screen if he cannot get the ball to Player 4.
  • This is where you almost always get lay-ups. If none of the previous options were open, Player 3 almost always gets a lay-up as you swing the ball to the other side of the court.

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LA says:
9/18/2013 at 1:21:08 PM

these drills are great


lilzay says:
8/26/2012 at 10:15:08 AM

my favrite play is the last one


Ken says:
5/11/2012 at 1:16:12 PM

Jon -

"Perfect" ?? We can only wish... I'd be undefeated. Haha.

The Flex is a good offense, I like an Open Post offense, which can run forever. There are 2 basic cuts and the rest is reading the defense.


Joe Haefner says:
5/11/2012 at 11:02:11 AM

Jon, we really like the flex offense. We just released a DVD on the flex here:

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Jon Wilkins says:
5/11/2012 at 10:42:11 AM

I am looking for the perfect continuity offense that we can just run and run. It must be simple and easily breakdownable. any ideas please?


scott says:
12/21/2010 at 10:54:50 AM

This play is awesome,easy layups and then when they sorta catch on to 5 screening for 1...we run the play threw and get good ball movement and 3 gets easy layup under basket.sometimes when 5 gets the ball up top of key we have 4 vcut to basket and 4 has a layup.thats of course 3 reading the play and seeing 4 cutting and stops on other block for rebound....has worked very well with other options i never saw until running it over and over and now is my 13yr old teams favorite play.are team is 4-1 ....thanks joe for all your plays.


Talamoni-Aua says:
4/16/2010 at 1:40:39 AM

I can only say thank you. I love your work especially the sharing. It gives me more ideas on how to create new things.
Thank you very much for sharing.


Coach Murdock says:
6/16/2009 at 6:31:46 PM

Good, simple set-up that can easily be coached to a group of players who are willing to listen


Crosey1 Want to be Coach says:
12/16/2008 at 10:17:31 PM

I love the play. i think it would work perfectly. after the ball goes to 4 the two on top should set a stagger for 1. i have a few plays that would work well if i knew how to put them on the web


beth says:
10/2/2008 at 11:39:45 AM

i like the diagrams u give.
it keeps everything simple.


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