Monthly Archives: July 2017

Catch Catch fun at the inaugural Legacy Netball camp

Legacy Netball hosted their inaugural netball camp this weekend at Brunel University and Crazy Catch were on hand to add the Ultimate Rebound Net to the fun on offer. Legacy Netball is owned by England Netballers Serena Guthrie and Sasha Corbin, who is also a Crazy Catch ambassador and the camps saw some of Sasha’s Crazy Catch Solo Sessions brought to the event.

Crazy Catch at Legacy Netball

Crazy Catch is a brilliant netball training aid great for skill development with its INSANE side adding extra challenge. Solo Sessions include handling drills, team rotation drills and games including Crazy Ball adapted with netball rules. Sasha and Serena were on hand to add their top tips and in no time at all the girls had all acquired some great new skills and everyone had loads of fun!

At part of the ongoing partnership, anyone who attends a Legacy Netball camp are able to access a 15% discount on any Crazy Catch purchased on the Crazy Catch UK store (the double trouble range is recommended for netball) Click Here to shop – add you Legacy Netball coupon code at the check out.

Look out for some brand new Crazy Catch Netball drills as part of our Think Outside the Box campaign coming soon. Follow us on Facebook to be the first to see them!!!

3 new “Think Outside the Box” drills from Crazy Catch

If like many you have been enjoying the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup over the past month, the performances of new Crazy Catch ambassador Tammy Beaumont who is at the time of writing, England’s leading run scorer with 387.

Just before the event, we filmed some new and innovative Crazy Catch drill with Mark Garaway at Millfield School with the objective of showcasing different ways to use the Ultimate Rebound Net in your training, so we have drills for batting, power hitting, run outs and wicket keeping to name but a few. Check out these three latest Think Outside the Box drills “Inner Ring Fielding”, Stumping and Catching and Fungo Power Hitting – why not give them a go in your next training session.

As well as the Crazy Catch range for cricket which covers (from smallest to largest) the Crazy Catch Freestyle, Crazy Catch Upstart Classic, Crazy Catch Wildchild Classic and the Crazy Catch Professional Classic, we also have some excellent new Vision Ball packs which can help develop visual skills and are used in cognitive decision making and to provide a different pace of bounce/ rebound. Check out the bundles on the Crazy Catch UK Store (SHOP NOW) 

High Catches | Can we practice our fielding skills more effectively

“England’s catching has been fairly undistinguished”- Dan Norcross, BBC Test Match Special. As I write England Women have dropped 4 catches as South Africa chase 374 in the latest women’s world cup game. The phrase “catches win matches” is a bit of a cliche but its so often true especially at the top level of cricket where mistakes get punished by big scores. Take Chris Scott who famously dropped Brian Lara on 18 before he went onto strike 501* and these other famous other drops in this AOC Top 10 Article. 

I wonder whether the amount of practice and quality of practice in this area is good enough?? … do the number of catches mimic the number of cover drives played in opening batters for example or the number of yorkers practised by death bowlers??

Typically catching practice would involve the coach whacking balls up in the air but how many balls land in the right area? How many times does the player actually get a realistic catching opportunity? Do coaches differentiate the feed based on the needs of the athlete, what element of the catch do they need to focus on? Are we coaching catching or just hoping for the best?? Can players still perform top grabs whilst under large physical or mental pressure??

This great drill “Machine Gun High Catches” from former England Fielding coach Mark Garaway simulates this idea superbly well – the athlete is on the run so there is the build up of lactic acid in the muscles plus the Freestyle ensures the ball goes into a good space (that the coach can control with fine movement to suitably challenge the player). Vision is also vitally important and quite a new area of sports science … our eye is like a muscle and can be trained so getting a quick turn and vision on the ball is vitally important.

Welcome your thoughts and ideas …. do comment below