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.