Monthly Archives: October 2014

Jamie Dwyer coaching with Crazy Catch at Loughborough

Australian international Jamie Dwyer visited Loughborough University last week to work with the performance hockey squads based on campus. Jamie is a legend of the sport, winning the FIH World Player of the Year award on five occasions. His forwards master-class included some drills using the Crazy Catch Professional Classic as shown in the photos below (credit Andy Smith)

Jamie has won every major honour in hockey, including the Olympic Games in 2004 and the Hockey World Cup in 2010 and 2014. Speaking about Loughborough he commented “It’s a brilliant place – the sporting facilities are world-class and mind blowing”.

Crazy Catch enjoys a close relationship with Loughborough coaches James Ross and goalkeeper specialist Graham Mansell-Grace aka Panda and the product is a key coaching aid within the club “At Loughborough University we Crazy Catches stored pitch side so any of the players can grab one to help work on their individual stick skills which an important part of how we work with athletes to develop a growth mindset” – Graham Mansell-Grace AKA Panda, Spartan and Loughborough Hockey.


Crazy Catch for Cricket – the testimonials …

Crazy Catch is a great training tool for cricket. It enables a wide variety of drills to be performed working on various fielding skills and is suitable for beginners right up to professionals. Take a look at some of our testimonials below to learn more about the benefits of reaction training with the Ultimate Rebound Net…

‘Crazy catch is something I used for hours on end as a kid and it’s a really fun, easy way to improve your reactions and catching skills’ – Heather Knight, England Women

“The best thing for me about Crazy Catch is the fact that anyone can use it and be challenged to whatever level. It is so much fun… I have seen kids who don’t even like sport play with it all afternoon and love it. Seeing player’s skills and coordination develop as quickly as it does using the Crazy Catch is a real thrill for any coach” – Rupes Kitzinger, Activate Sport (AFCA)

‘Within a matter of days, I could see a dramatic improvement in Oliver’s catching ability, both in technique and coordination. A knock on effect of this has been much improved confidence in his catching, not to mention the fun and enjoyment from playing. Crazy Ccatch is brilliant for developing and honing catching techniques and provides hours of fun” – Peter Such – former England off spinner who recently bought a Crazy Catch for his six year old son.

“It’s versatile, robust and enables you to vary your warm up routines and fielding drills, making training more enjoyable,” – Dougie Brown, Warwickshire coach

“The Crazy Catch Freestyle is a product that once you have a go you want one and I think all coaches would agree with that. Very functional and easy to carry” – David Smith – Complete Cricket

“Crazy Catch is fantastic! There is more opportunity to catch more balls but still with that element of surprise just like in a proper game of cricket so children love it and can’t get enough!” – David Hooper, GCA

“Fielding and catching is something every cricket player must do and using Crazy Catches makes fielding sessions more fun and increases intensity. Using Crazy Catches can help young children develop a love for fielding and I would certainly recommend them”– Chris Rogers, ECB Young Coach of the Year and Crazy Catch ambassador

Crazy Catch is available from all leading cricket retailers … choose the classic range, which is available in 4 sizes, for cricket which has 2 different sides… the SANE and the INSANE!

The importance of hand-eye co-ordination in sports performance and the science of vision training

BBC Sport football writer Alec Fenn has recently written a piece on how a new breed of innovative minds are at work creating tomorrow’s footballer. (Read More) The piece highlights the work of some world leading coaches and it touches upon some key elements of elite sports performance. So how can the athlete of the future develop amazing vision and anticipation??here are our thoughts…

Hand-eye coordination

Ian Botham could smash sixes, take blinders in the slips or the outfield, bowl fast, swing and even turn his hand to off spin. Eoin Morgan excels at hurling and hockey as well as cricket. Garry Sobers could pretty much do anything he liked on a cricket field.

Joe Root

Crazy Catch is a top coaching tool in developing hand eye co-ordination and improving eye performance vital in all sports

At club level, some players have that really annoying habit of pitching up at the beginning of the season, or after three weeks holiday and playing like they’ve never been away, while the rest of us struggle onwards, after six weeks of practice. Are we practicing the wrong thing, or have they got something we haven’t?

A bit of both, really. For talent and self-belief, these guys won’t ever match Botham, Sobers or even Morgan. But you can bet your last pint of John Smith’s that they have one thing in common with the cricketing greats, and very goods… Exceptional hand-eye coordination. Hand-eye coordination underpins what we call natural ability. But unlike a hard spun leg break, it is something that most people can train themselves to get better at.

Spend as long as you like practicing off-drives but however how high you get your leading elbow, it won’t make any difference if you’re not watching the ball well. Same in the slips, or in the outfield. It doesn’t matter how sharp your reflexes are and how many back and hamstring stretches you do to stay flexible. It’s good hand-eye coordination that will make the difference.
And no that doesn’t mean coaches can stand there shouting at players to watch the ball, and expect performance levels to rise. Our eyes, brains and bodies need to know how to work together to enable us to watch the ball more closely, and for longer.

During pre-season, 2010, Leicestershire CCC tried out a new form of training. Over a six week period, twenty four first teamers and academy players worked not just on their batting, bowling and fielding, but on improving something that underpins all cricketing skills – their eyesight.
‘So many decisions a cricketer makes are based on information coming to them through visual signals,’ says Olympic Visual Performance Coach, Zoe Wimshurst who ran the sessions. ‘The quicker those signals come in, the more time the player has to make a decision and get their body into the right position.’

Zoe tested the players’ visual skills and then split them into four groups. The first did practical visual training: juggling and kicking balls simultaneously, catching a ball with an unpredictable bounce to help reactions, and moving pencils towards their nose to strengthen eye muscles. The second group used the online vision trainer that helped Sir Clive Woodward win his World Cup and, the third played Mario and Duck Shoot on the Nintendo Wii. ‘All these exercises help players scan ahead, get both eyes working together and assist peripheral awareness,’ Zoe says.
The fourth group just did additional cricket drills. When tested again, they had improved their visual performance and their cricket skills,the least of all the groups. The winners – those juggling, pencil pushers, of course, although Sir Clive and the Nintendo boys ran them a close second.

‘An athlete with good visual memory always seems to be in the right place at the right time,’ Zoe says. ‘I strongly believe that there is a link between vision and on pitch performance and through training an athlete’s eyes, we see improvements in their game play and decision making.’

Tim Boon, Leicestershire coach at the time, agrees. ‘You’re training your brain, making sure you pick up visual cues as efficiently as possible,’ he says. Boon explains that whether tracking length, judging speed, or anticipating, good vision is crucial, particularly for batters.
Jacques du Toit, from the Leicestershire pencils group, is convinced the sessions helped his batting. “My peripheral vision improved, no doubt,” he says. “I can keep a clear picture of fielder positions, without having to look up at the last moment and take my eye off the ball.” The online exercises helped seamer, Harry Gurney’s fielding. Particularly after a Paul McKenna style swinging pendulum, picked up that his sun glasses were delaying his seeing the ball by a crucial split second. ‘With orange tinted shades I pick the ball up much quicker in the field,’ he says.

Practice makes perfect

Zoe Wimshurst believes that whatever sport you play you need to move your eyes really quickly and respond with appropriate movements. ‘The speed at which events occur in sport is quicker than a person can smoothly track with their eyes so elite sports men and women need to improve reaction speeds and train themselves to more quickly make physical responses to the messages their eyes give them.’

During the initial and end of project assessments, at Leicestershire, Zoe used a bit of kit that’s been doing the rounds in clubs and schools for the last seven or so years. Crazy Catch is a double-sided rebound net, and according to Zoe it’s perfect for vision training.

‘One side of the Crazy Catch is double-strung giving it an unpredictable return,’ she says. ‘this more accurately reproduces the sort of situations encountered whilst taking part in top level sport. In a game, you can’t just get yourself into position and wait for the ball to come to you, you have to track it with your eyes and respond immediately.’

Teachers, coaches working with professional sports stars and at grass roots level are finding the Crazy Catch extremely useful in enhancing visual performance and developing hand-eye coordination. Grant Compton, former fitness coach for the South Africa and Pakistan cricket teams used the Crazy Catch nets in pre-match warm ups. ‘It helped the guys focus on their hand-eye coordination in the first instance, but we also used it to make warm-ups more competitive,’ he says.

Crompton tapped into the natural competitive instinct of his top-level charges to encourage them to put in an extra 10% during training. He designed his own game where two Crazy Catches are placed side-by-side in an inner circle. Working in twos against other pairs, players score points by running into the circle – throwing the ball against the Crazy Catch for the partner to take the catch. The South Africans used a hand-ball not a cricket ball, to avoid injury to those million dollar hands. It’s the learning process, not the direct relationship with the sport that’s important.

Compton adds “It’s important that players practice the sorts of actions and skills they will be using during the game and prepare the right muscles.” Both the South African and Pakistani players enjoyed Crompton’s routines. Crompton even said that he got the famously lethargic Imzamam-ul-Haq running around trying to outdo his team-mates. Inzy scored a lot of runs during his test career, only two less than Pakistan’s all-time leading run scorer, Javed Miandad. Big and burly, he didn’t like running much, so needed good eyesight to work out where all the gaps in the field were.

For many county sides, too, Crazy Catch has replaced the old slip cradle as they embrace the concept of developing visual performance. Warwickshire coach, Dougie Brown, uses it with both first team and development squads. “It’s versatile, robust and enables you to vary your warm up routines and fielding drills, making training more enjoyable,” he says.
At Northants, David Capel uses Crazy Catch to add variation to his coaching routines ‘You need a consistent return for slip catching routines and a more inconsistent return when practicing fielding slip to a spinner or at short leg when the type of catches you receive during games are less predictable,’ he says.

Essex swing bowling legend and Lashings Manager, John Lever, also believes Crazy Catch helps cricketers develop good catching skills. ‘The more you practice something the better you become,’ says Lever who has coached at Middlesex and at Bancroft’s School in London, ‘with Crazy Catch, catching practice becomes great fun and something you can do on your own. You don’t need someone to hit the ball to you or stand the other side of the slip cradle.’

Lever who played with some great slip catchers for England and Essex, believes taking the ball with soft hands is the key to good slip catching. Time and again the likes of Keith Fletcher, Mike Hendrick, Ian Botham, and the best he ever saw, Mark Waugh, picked up catches off his bowling. Lever remembers the time when Botham actually dropped one. ‘Beefy just shrugged, apologised, but still wanted the next one to come to him, and never lost confidence that he would catch it,’ Lever says.


‘Using Crazy Catch, the ball comes at you at different angles, so it’s more like a game,’ Lever

Andrew Flintoff Academy coaches too, see Crazy Catch as an ideal way of simultaneously enthusing and developing quality young cricketers. ‘Brilliant, fun, love ‘em,’ says Academy head coach, Rupes Kitzinger, who first brought Crazy Catch to England, from New Zealand, a few years ago. ‘You can do a multitude of different things – play competitive fielding games like crazy ball, test hand eye coordination in a way that you can see players fundamental skills visibly improve.’

Crazy  Catch is imported into the UK by Flicx and owner Richard Beghin added ‘It’s so flexible. You can use it in PE lessons, after school clubs, at cricket clubs and in the back garden. Children of all abilities can get something out of Crazy Catch. Boys, and girls, primary or secondary – everyone can use it.

Beghin explains how schools use Crazy Catch to get reluctant kids doing physical activity and to provide an alternative to traditional team sports. ‘Many teachers use it together with large soft balls to support children with learning and physical disabilities,’ he says. ‘Others take advantage of the unpredictable insane side to extend their gifted and talented performers.’ Flicx have also invented a fast-paced invasion game, Crazy Ball, where kids score points by taking catches off two Crazy Catches, from their own, their team mates or the opposition’s throws. ‘Kids only need basic skills to play Crazy Ball,’ he says. ‘It’s a game youngsters who feel threatened by sports like rugby, can cope with.’

In the game

As a fielder, Durham’s Dale Benkenstein, was up there with Rhodes, Gibbs and Crookes during his early years in South Africa. For Benkenstein, a fielder’s eyes are the most crucial part of their body

‘In the covers, watch a batter’s back-lift really closely,’ he says. ‘If it’s high and they’re attempting a big shot, get into a goalkeeper-like position with weight evenly distributed, ready to react or if necessary, dive. If the back-lift is lower and grip relaxed, for a more defensive shot, be on the balls of your feet so you can move forward quickly.’ He explains that fielders need to stay alert though, because if you’re moving forward too fast and the batter smashes the ball at you, it’s very difficult to react in time to stop it.’ …For this, you need your eyes.

Dale Benkenstein - Cricketer of the year 2009

Dale Benkenstein – Cricketer of the year 2009

‘Mid wicket is a crucial position when a spinner’s bowling, particularly in a limited over’s game,’ Benkenstein continues. ‘If a batter comes down the track or moves down the wicket they will most likely hit the ball through mid on or straight mid wicket. See them move back, and the ball will probably go squarer. If you’re already on the move, you can cover a wider area. The batter will have a mental picture of where fielders are, so if you’re quick enough you could even create a run out.’

Benkenstein adds that the further away from the bat you are, the easier it is to anticipate. He says: ‘If you’re on the boundary, watch the batter closely, work out what they are likely to do and if you can, move before the batter even hits the ball. Even if it’s going to a player in the ring, assume a misfield, because if you wait for the ball to go past your team mate before moving, the delay will mean extra runs for the opposition.

Hands and eyes need to work well together behind the stumps, too. Former Leicestershire, Kent and England gloveman, Paul Nixon, wants his fellow keepers to expect the batter to miss or nick every ball. ‘Ignore the batter and follow the ball from the bowler’s hand,’ he says. ‘Always be in position to take the ball regardless of whether the batter hits it. If you wait until the ball is missed or nicked before moving, you have less time to perform the skill. Want every ball to come to you. Expect a low down nick.’ ‘Hands go towards ball first, then head then feet,’ Nixon adds.

Nixon believes good hand-eye coordination is even more crucial when it’s swinging and seaming. ‘The full ball is the danger ball, especially when it’s angled in,’ he says. ‘You need to be in position to take the catch, if the ball holds its line, and the batter gets a nick’. Nixon tells keepers to delay their movements and watch the ball for as long as possible, before making the decision about which way to go. ‘When it’s swinging, your head goes even more towards outside foot, so you’re in position in case there’s a nick, but bring your head back in to catch the ball if the batter misses it.’

Learning from other sports

Hand-eye coordination is important in all sports. Not just those that use a ball. A skier anticipates and react instantaneously to the nuances of their course and bobsleighers need impeccable timing to maximise speed and prevent accidents. Even Formula one drivers have to rely messages taken in by their eyes, to their hands, via their brain. And all this at high speed. Often, what is relevant in one sport can be applied in another.

For instance, GB Badminton’s speed and agility coach, Andy Alford, says, there’s more to agility than a flexible body and an ability to move fast.‘There’s a visual and cognitive aspect to agility as well as a physical one,’ says Alford who used to train Nathan Robertson and other UK badminton stars. ‘Before you can respond physically you, have to see it, and process it – work out what decision to make based on what you have seen.’ Only then, Alford explains, can a player make the best possible physical response to either change direction, employ a particular shot.

In any sport, at any level, there are people who aren’t as physically gifted as their peers, but who perform well because they are able to think and respond more quickly than others. Similarly, how many formerly great players have kept going too long, or made an ill-advised comeback, long after their capacity to see, process and respond at the necessary speed, has waned? Even Sir Vivian Richards, struggled by his own enormously high standards, once his eyesight, something that set him apart from all other players of his generation, began to wane.
‘You take in about 85% of the information you need to play badminton through your eyes,’ Andy Alford says. ‘Your eyes enable you to track objects, give you a perception of depth and peripheral vision.’

Andy Alford splits agility into three levels: visual, cognitive and physical, and uses Crazy Catch to assist with each.

To get a player to focus solely on their visual skills, Andy asks them to take catches off a Crazy Catch from a kneeling position. The coach throws the ball from behind the player. All the player has to do is track the ball with his or her eyes, from the time it appears over their shoulder, then off the net and finally, into their hands. There is no sideways or up and down body movement required, ‘If the player kneels closer to the Crazy Catch, you reduce the reaction time,’ he says. Andy also gets the players to catch with right and left hands individually. This helps train players to use both eyes when they have to respond to something that happens to one side of them (check), not just the nearest eye.

The player sees something and processes it before sending a message to the hand and body about how to respond. The point of Andy’s cognitive agility training is to help the player improve decision making and reaction speed. ‘You process through your eyes and other senses,’ Andy says, ‘If you make the wrong decision it doesn’t matter how agile you are, you won’t make the play.’ Next, Andy gets his coaches to throw two different coloured balls at the net. The player then takes in the information through their eyes, filters the relevant from the irrelevant, and makes a decision to go for the correct ball.

For the physical element of agility training, Andy uses two Crazy Catches, and has two feeders aiming the balls alternately, at either net. ‘The player has to move into position to take the catch,’ he says. A simple game helps players combine all three elements of agility. In pairs, the players throw and catch around a series of Crazy Catches. Players have to track the ball (visual), work out where their partner is before aiming the ball at the right speed and angle (cognitive) and react, push off, and change direction to get into position to receive the ball (physical)

The science of visual performance

The very best sports players see things faster and process them quicker. Whatever their sport, they use eyes, hands, brains and bodies together for optimum performance.
Sir Clive Woodward knew this, and recruited South African vision specialist Dr Sherylle Calder to help give his World Cup winning 2003 squad an edge over its rivals. ‘Our sight is the most important sense that we have in sport, so it seems strange to me that it is so often ignored when it comes to training and creating world class athletes,’ Woodward says, ‘nothing happens in sport until the eye tells the body what to do.’

Zoe Wimshurst trains the British Olympic team’s eyesight for Woodward. She explains that a person’s sight, also known as visual acuity, is the ability to see at a certain level of detail. ‘When you visit your optician they just measure your static visual acuity – usually by getting you to read a row of letters from an eye chart a fixed distance away,’ Zoe says. ‘Vision training doesn’t strengthen eye muscles as they are already as strong as they need to be, it helps develop a person’s dynamic acuity – their ability to see as well as possible whilst engaged in an activity. This is important as in sport, things are always moving.’

Another Olympic vision coach, Sherylle Calder, distinguishes between eyesight, which most people have from birth, and vision, the ability to identify, interpret and understand what is seen. This, she believes, has to be trained and improved. Response skills of eye-hand, foot and body co-ordination can also be enhanced.

Sheryll and Habana

Sherylle and Habana

‘When players see more, they can assess the situation much quicker, therefore exercising their options, and ultimately making better decisions,’ Sherylle says, explaining that developing visual skills includes learning to use both eyes together effectively. ‘Having both eyes move, align and focus as a team enhances your ability to interpret and understand the potential visual information that is available to you,’ she says.

Sherylle adds that before you process information, you’ve got to get an input which involves judging where the ball is, in space. ‘Once you see it correctly you can then process that information,’ she adds.

If sports men and women need a good level of visual performance to reach and stay at the top, what a visual genius Charles Burgess Fry must have been. Fry played cricket for England, rugby for the Barbarians and football for Southampton and held the world long jump record. Some eyes, there.

As a batsman, Fry would have been reliant on his eyes to time movements, hit the ball, and locate gaps in the field. On dodgy pitches, at the turn of the century, he’d also have to watch the bounce. Over 30,000 runs and 94 centuries says he did this pretty well. When playing football, Fry would have needed good vision to locate space, intercept the ball and make incisive passes. When shooting, he’d need what pundits call ‘an instinctive awareness of where the goal is. Quality strikers always seem to be in the right place at the right time. This is really all about an ability to see immediate specifics of a situation, whilst retaining a picture of the context, and what could come next if they were made good, quick decisions. Similarly, as a rugby player, Fry would have needed good vision to know where the best space was to attack, to kick the ball into, and of course, to track the ball when receiving a pass. Even his acrobatic party piece, jumping onto a mantelpiece, from a standing position, required exceptional spatial awareness that results from good vision.

‘Throughout that movement you’d have to track where the mantelpiece is,’ says Zoe Wimshurst. ‘A few centimetres off, and you’d be flat on your face.’ Zoe explains that someone like Fry, who played lots of different sports at the highest level, would have been developing his visual performance in all, every time he played one. Remember the Leicestershire cricket project, though. How good would Fry have been if he’d had the benefit of modern day visual learning techniques? Only as a long jumper, would Fry have been less reliant on a combination of visual performance and body movements. Even long jumpers need their eyes, though. Try long jumping blind folded.

Fry also had an eye for a story – as a writer, editor, broadcaster and publisher. He was a politician and diplomat, too. There was no CCTV in those days, so Fry, with his good eyes, would have had to watch out for back stabbing rivals, enemies and scandal, all by himself.
After the First World War, Fry was reportedly offered the throne of Albania. With Serbia set to invade, and Italy not really embracing its role as protector of the new country, the Balkans was as ever, the powder keg of Europe. Fry turned the offer down. To last more than a few weeks in such a volatile environment, he’d have needed eyes in the back of his head!

England’s head coach Peter Moores coaching with Crazy Catch

Crazy Catch were delighted to film with the current England head coach Peter Moores whilst he was working at Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC) where he guided his team to County Championship glory in 2011, the first time they had won the title outright since 1934.

The video features the LCCC players using the Crazy Catch Wildchild Classic to practice their fielding skills with catches being taken at varying distances. In the accompanying interview Moore’s highlights the innovation of the product, which provides realism in training sessions for both technique based drills and fun team games. He then goes on to explain how he felt to product could benefit players of all abilities especially at a grass roots level “In a school or in a group practice you need things that they can get on with themselves sometimes… the Crazy Catch gives the coach that option. You can set somebody off on it and they can work by themselves which is a great thing to have”

For cricket we recommend the Crazy Catch Classic range which has two different sides, the SANE sides which is great for repetition drills or the INSANE side which tests your reactions every further with the ball bouncing off the net at completely random angles.

Crazy Catch Classic Range

Crazy Catch Classic Range

Millfield School sports teams training with Crazy Catch

Crazy Catch is delighted to supply its full range of reaction training equipment to Millfield School. World-class facilities, along with a unique blend of high quality coaching, enable’s Millfield to offer an environment for pupils to develop confidence and resilience through sport and taking advantage of teamwork and leadership opportunities. We are grateful to all the PE staff at Millfield for allowing us to come in and film and photograph them in action using the Ultimate Rebound Net. Some of the best shots are shown below with a video to follow…

Speaking about the use of Crazy Catch with cricketers at Millfield School, Director of Cricket Coaching Mark Garraway said “The Crazy Catch range gives any coach access to 100’s of catching and fielding drills which can be applied into groups, 1 on 1 coaching time and also independent sessions.

Players can hone techniques, starting positions, catches up high, down low and side to side with the freestanding units. One of the best features of the product is the two different net sides – for insane and sane rebounds. With the SANE side, we can help any player to hone repeatable technique then once the technique is in place, the player can try the other side of the net where there is an INSANE rebound which challenges overall catching technique much more and tests the newly developed skills as you can’t predict which way the ball will react off of the strings. A player may only get one ball in that honed area out of 20 goes and that’s the challenge! Can the player come up with the ball?

The handheld Freestyle offers the coach flexibility to change the angle of rebound, thus bringing in a number of fielders into a drill. A great example of this comes with reaction practice for short leg and silly point fielders. The large surface area gives any coach a great chance of deflecting the ball to one fielder or another off a bounce throw feed. You can even surprise the feeder with a hard struck return catch!!

We also find that Crazy Catches are also great to use in team invasion games where a point or goal is scored by throwing the ball against the rebound net and taking a return catch. I have only mentioned a few of the Crazy Catch models and a handful of drills…. the scope for the development of cricketers is only limited by the imagination of the coach. Crazy Catch is an essential coaching tool.”

Whilst Crazy Catch has been a hugely popular training aid in some of Millfield’s core sports like cricket, rugby, hockey and netball for many years we were really impressed to see great applications in sports such as fencing, tennis and basketball. The fencing master commented on how key movement skills are transferable and could be developed and improved by using the Crazy Catches whereas the tennis players all invented new games with the product with footwork, teamwork and reactions at the fore… as well as with skill develop practices working on improved control with volleys, touch and accuracy.

Crazy Catches are simply a must have for all schools from key staged 1 where the focus is on teaching kids how to catch as well as fundamental ABC skills right up to elite international junior athletes. Whatever your sport, improve your game with Crazy  Catch … available from all leading school sport suppliers.

Crazy Catch Football week …

It’s Crazy Catch Football Week and we some great new videos coming up across our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Please do follow us if you haven’t already 😉

You can also enter our competition in partnership with She Kicks magazine where you have chance to win a Sophie Bradley signed England shirt – all you need to do is follow us both and RT to enter (or enter via Facebook)

Crazy Catch are pleased to be working with many top clubs both in the UK and abroad, helping both outfield players and goalkeepers to improve their game. Take a look at some of our video’s on You Tube for a bit of inspiration!! For footballers, we recommend our Double Trouble range, which has small netting on one side for a SANE rebound and larger netting on the reverse which adds to the level of difficulty with an INSANE rebound – great for those amazing diving saves! Crazy Catch is available to buy from all leading football retailers.

Double Trouble Range

Double Trouble Range

“I love Crazy Catch because you can train by yourself and as a result you can get those extra hours of practise. It’s all really good fun and helps improve all sorts of skills, touch and most importantly being a keeper, reactions. It has become part of my daily life”  Lochie Robertson – Aged 13

The Art of Saving chooses Crazy Catch

Crazy Catch is pleased to work with the UK’s number one recommended Goalkeeping Academy, The Art of Saving  which is directed and led by Mick Payne (Qualified A licence holder and official England C team goalkeeping coach). Our link up came as a result of contact from Crazy Catch retailers Just Keepers who have been supporting the Art of Saving for a number of years.

This summer, Crazy  Catch were invited along and the 100+ keepers were able to use the Crazy Catch range as part of their residential camp. Feedback was excellent on the products performance and application for a number of goalkeeping skills both using the SANE or INSANE side.


The Art of Saving with Mick Payne

The Art of Saving goalkeepers were so impressed with the Crazy Catch products. Our keepers really felt it improved their technical work and many of them wanted to use them time and time again. A really great product for goalkeepers of all ages and abilities” – Mick Payne

We look forward to a continued partnership with Mick and his team and for more information on future courses please visit