Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Goalkeeping Conference 2013 – Drills from Inaki Samaniego

Iñaki Samaniego is a Spanish pro goalkeeper coach, ex RCD Espanyol & ADO Den Haag. He is currently director of FUTURE high performance goalkeeping project in The Netherlands and was a key note speaker at the recent Goalkeeping Conference 2013 at Wokefield Park which also featured Jose Sambade, Eric Steele and Luis Llopis.

Inaki with the Crazy Catch Professional

Inaki with the Crazy Catch Professional

Here you can watch Inaki explain 2 drills which you can use to work your keepers using the Crazy Catch Professional Double Trouble… they train different aspects of goalkeeping including shot stopping, claiming high balls and distribution. Let us know what you think… and have fun creating your own drills too!!!

1. Crazy Saves

2. Crazy Rotation

The Crazy Catch full range is available to buy from Activ Instinct, the definitive online sports store for “Pure Sports, Pure Performance”. For football and in particular goalkeeping, we would recommend the Double Trouble range which has 2 INSANE sides, one for a small ball and one for a larger ball. Crazy Catch is the Ultimate Rebound Net – whatever your sport, improve your game and have fun with Crazy Catch.


Dr Andy Franklyn Miller Blog – Multi directional Rehabilitation

For more information on the work of Dr Andy Franklyn Miller visit his blog

“In an earlier blog, I discussed the benefits of a progressive neuro-muscularly challenging warm up, and work that we did with the England Age group Rugby teams to deliver this with the excellent team of Katie Davis, and the coaching staff John Fletcher, Ian Peel, Peter Walton and Neil Taylor. It is important that this is in part sport specific and to the timing of the requirements of the session and match. I commonly see in clinic patients who are a number of weeks down the line form their original soft tissue injury, typically hamstrings or groins who have almost made it back to training and then re-injure. It is here close questioning, can make the difference. If we look at the Hamstring origin, you can see that there is a multi directional pull from the ischial tuberosity and as such this needs rehabilitating in all directions.

Commonly the end stage rehabilitation involves  merely progressive pace straight line running without specific strengthening such as angle change sumo dead lifts and  Straight leg deadlifts with progressive change, then speed of recruitment before multi directional challenges.

This requirement for multi directional challenge applies with our athletic groin pain patients above all, where pelvic stability is the most important factor, in multi directional challenge. In the clip below you can see the stress placed on the pelvis with a side hurdle challenge, using 3D kinematics.

We have applied this stability training at a high end level using multi directional unpredictable movement as  both part of our testing strategy and rehabilitation srills. We are presently filming an exercise bank for the SSC clinic profile using multi directional stimulus. We have found that in the testing process we need to add a layer of unpredictability to replicate indecision in matches and in the performance gym Crazy Catch, can help us deliver this as a means of providing this athletic sport mulidirectional work. We are still working on methods to recreate the single leg and double leg pelvic stability training with our Conditioning and Performance rehab team at SS and here are a few  examples of our  experimenting in the process, more to come in a polished version.”


Family Fun with Crazy Catch at Sport Fest 2013

Crazy Catch were honoured to be part of the 1st ever SportFest held recently at Wormsley Cricket ground which was the brain child of England rugby legends Will Greenwood and Austin Healey and the team at Super Skills Experiences.

SportFest is a celebration of family fun and sport where you can camp out in the beautiful Wormsley Estate, and enjoy coaching with sporting legends, music, great food and competitions. Crazy Catch were delighted to be invited by Gary Johnson owner of Hurricane Sports ,who were running the Hockey Zone, to bring the Ultimate Rebound Net along and run a series of drills and fun games. These hockey drills focused on control, first touch, 3d skills and aerials in addition to popular games you can play with Crazy Catch such as Crazy Ball and the 1 minute challege. Great fun was had by all including Austin Healey who joined the parents match and Gold Medal winning Olympian Kath Grainer who famously supported the GB Hockey squads in London after her triumphant success at Eton Dorney.

In addition the Crazy Catch Freestyle was used in the Cricket Zone by Mark Garaway and guest coach Dean Headley. Other famous faces at the end included Martin Johnson, Andrew Strauss, and Tim Henman and even the rain couldn’t dampen spirits with everyone enjoying all the sports and entertainment on offer. We look forward to Sport Fest 2014 and working more in the future with the great “Hockey Maker” team at Hurricane Sports. To see what fun you missed out on do check out the event video below !!!

Ready Freddie Go

TESTING his skills against cricketing giant Andrew Flintoff, 11-year-old Eddie Gilbert-Blay held his nerve.

He put up a fight against the former England cricketer, narrowly losing in the catching challenge against him.

After winning the crazy catch challenge against his fellow 75 cricketers from across Oxfordshire during the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy at Moulsford Preparatory School, he was tasked with trying to beat one of the world’s best.

Eddie clocked up 68 catches a minute against Mr Flintoff’s 88.


He said: “It was absolutely amazing to have won the crazy catch challenge and to play against Freddie, even though he did beat me.”

Head coach and academy manager Mark Potter said: “The week was absolutely amazing and capped off by Freddie flying in by helicopter.

“Eddie put in an absolutely sterling effort.”

The renaissance of Keylor Navas

The Costa Rican Keylor Navas has in his hand to play the next World Cup in Brazil. With Caparros; Levente could now find the confidence and stability they need. Article translated from

After two years in the shadow of Munua, the arrival of the new season must mean the consecration of Keylor Navas in goal for Levante. The Costa Rican has in his hand to play the next World Cup in Brazil, an appointment he will not want to miss for anything and with the arrival of new Levente manager Joaquín Caparros; he could find confidence and much-needed stability in goal to be the undisputed number 1. After his spectacular appearances last season in the Europa League in goal where he proved his creditworthiness and value, he should now be a fundamental part of the backbone of thegranotas“.

This summer the keeper adapts to new methods of Luis Llopis, the favoured goalkeeping coach of Caparros, and he competes with Javi Jimenez to win the seat. After the pre-season stay inIsla Canela” feelings are very positive and both goalkeepers are delighted with the new work proposal. Next Thursday they will receive the affection of the fans in the team’s presentation at the Ciutat.