Monthly Archives: April 2014

Get lightning reactions with Crazy Catch

Crazy Catch is the Ultimate Rebound Net and whatever your sport, you can improve your game, whilst having great fun. For goalkeepers, Crazy Catch is a must have training aid that can really sharpen your reactions…

Lightning Reactions

Lightning Reactions

Develop your own lightning reactions by training with Crazy Catch – and see the difference in your game from reaction saves with your hands and feet to improving your handling, cross taking and distribution skills. In addition, Crazy Catch is great for developing your hand eye co-ordination which means whatever your age or ability, Crazy Catch can help keep your eye muscles sharp and allow you to make better saves. Test yourself with both the SANE and INSANE sides of these fantastic products where the rebound has to be seen to be believed plus the harder you feed the ball onto the net, the more crazy the rebound!!

Crazy Catch is the market leader in rebound nets and is used by top football clubs in the UK and around the world – now you too can benefit too from our great range of units available in different sizes to suit a range of applications from professional academies to practicing alone in the garden at home.

To see the Crazy Catch in action head over to our You Tube playlist where you can see some drill ideas and top keepers using the product – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3BD559C11D2D464E
Fun is guaranteed with Crazy Catch in stock today at leading sports retailers (Where to Buy)

#FIELDINGFUN – Week 5 … Reaction Catching Drill

This week in #fieldingfun we have, in the words of Paul Nixon a drill that is “Such great fun and so easy to do “ … It’s Reaction Catching!

With the weather looking a bit gloomy, the  great thing about this practice is that it can be done both indoors and outdoors (although we do recommend using a soft ball if inside or for younger players). The feeder simply shouts “turn” and throws the ball onto the Crazy Catch whilst the catcher turns around and makes the save. Remember the harder you throw the ball onto the Crazy Catch the quicker it will come back and some of the rebounds are pretty INSANE so you will have to be sharp and potentially take some catches 1 handed.

You can use either the Upstart, Wildchild or Professional for this one and it works equally well in other sports like football and netball too. Have Fun!!

The ZEO NSL Final Preview – Thunder v Storm by Crazy Catch

This Saturday, the most dramatic ZEO Netball Superleague season in history comes to a thrilling close as Manchester Thunder face Surrey Storm in the Grand Final at Worcester University Arena. Crazy Catch is used by both teams – so our loyalties are certainly divided!!

Emma Dovey and Laura Malcolm play Crazy T-Ball Netball

Emma Dovey and Laura Malcolm play Crazy T-Ball Netball

Here is some video of both squads using Crazy Catch in their training…. You can find lots more content, training ideas and fun netball games on our netball playlist

First up is Manchester Thunder … Demonstrating 3 fun games for Netball using the Crazy Catch Double Trouble range featuring players including Emma Dovey and Laura Malcolm …

Secondly here are Surrey Storm in pre-season training playing Crazy Tag Netball …

If you are unable to make it to Worcester, Sky Sports are providing live coverage of the Grand Final and will be on air from 5:30pm on Sky Sports 3 and anyone following via Twitter use the hashtag #ThunderStorm … Good Luck to both teams : )

#FIELDINGFUN – Week 4 … Deep Fielding

This Easter weekend we have another fielding fun installment for you – this time looking at taking a catch in the deep.

Paul Nixon the former England, Leicestershire and Kent cricketer guides you through some top tips with both the orthodox and reverse catching techniques and in this video we are using the amazing Crazy Catch Freestyle – our new handheld device which a brilliant coaching aid, not just in cricket but lots of other sports too.

Deep Fielding

Deep Fielding

Get out in the garden this weekend and get practising then maybe you might take a catch like this in a game one day soon!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=zr8t6wg0huw

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#EvolvingGK – Training with Crazy Catch

The 2nd annual FA goalkeeping conference is taking place at St Georges Park over the 13th/ 14th April with the theme of the #EvolvingGK … Unfortunately due to existing FA partners, Crazy Catch are unable to be involved directly however we wanted to share our thoughts on the topic and how training aids too are evolving and are now common place in a coaches armory.

Keylor Navas training with Crazy Catch

Keylor Navas training with Crazy Catch

It goes without saying that the modern goalkeeper needs lightening quick reactions and Crazy Catch is a great way to develop those skills. The INSANE rebounds produced enable an infinite number of drills to be developed, improving hand eye co-ordination and getting the key muscle in this process, the eye, trained and in shape. The earlier a goalkeeper can see the ball, the more chance they have to prepare the rest of their body to make the save and of course there are generally lots of obstacles in the way of this so sometimes the time to react is very small.

Perhaps the most famous coaches in this area are Spanish where Jose Sambade and Luis Llopis focus on developing reaction speeds and use the Crazy Catch now in their training, after seeing the product on a trip to England. Prior to that they had innovated with their own rebound devices which can be seen in these amazing videos below – but the unique element to the Crazy Catch- the highly random netting and the portal nature of these quality devices meant that they were quick to purchase and use with their current teams… Jose is now at Galatasaray and Luis at Levante (in fact the Levante number 1 is Keylor Navas from Costa Rica who will be one of England’s opponents in the summer). For all Crazy Catch football videos – just visit our You Tube channel where you can see the Ultimate Rebound Net in action for yourself #fun

At Crazy Catch we too have evolved and our latest model is a handheld coaching aid – seen here with the Spanish Futsal coach – again this product is a great way to improve reactions with now the coach in control of the pace and direction of the rebound making it suitable for all ages and abilities.

Freestyle - Spain Futsal

Freestyle – Spain Futsal

We hope to be helping future generations of goalkeepers to improve their game for many years to come. You can find Crazy Catches a plenty at St Georges Park – read our blog from 2013 on their session with the disability squad goalkeepers as well as now working with Tony Elliott and the Futsal squad, where we hope to have a video produced later this year.

#FIELDINGFUN – Week 3 … Your Favourite Fielder?

This week in #fieldingfun – Paul Nixon the former Leicestershire and England wicketkeeper / batsman tells us who he believes is the best fielder ever…

Do you agree with Nico’s choice?? Or would someone else get your vote? We have come up with a short list and would welcome your vote OR a new suggestion… Get sharing as we would love to get some debate going at the start of the new season. If you missed the #fieldingfun in week 1 (close up catching) or week 2 (step back & catch) then just click on the links for some top tips and Crazy  Catch games that are great fun in the garden this Easter

#FIELDINGFUN – Week 2 “Step back & catch”

It’s week 2 of #fieldingfun where each Friday you can find new games, coaching tips and general Crazy Catch fun to improve your cricket skills ahead of the new season. This week we have a great little challenge called “Step back & catch”. Why not get out in the garden this weekend with your Crazy Catch and give it a go!

We filmed this game at the City Cricket academy with the help of former England and Leicestershire wicket-keeper batsman Paul Nixon who explains the objective of this catching challenge with help of Jonny and Connor. The key points here are your catching position then the game see’s players move a marker back a yard each time they make a successful catch, seeing who can get the further back the quickest. As you get further back you will need to deliver a more accurate, faster throw …try it both underarm and overarm!

Jonny and Connor play step back & catch

Jonny and Connor play step back & catch

The Crazy Catch model used in this drill is the Upstart Classic, a great size for home use – available to buy from leading cricket retailers.