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Primary Schools | Add fun and innovation to your PE lessons

As the new school term kicks off, teachers will be looking for new ways to engage more pupils in sport and PE lessons. From learning, fundamental throwing and catching skills right up to extending the skill set of some of the UK’s most talented young athletes, the Crazy Catch is the Ultimate Rebound Net for Schools.

Take a look at our new animations, which gives a brief overview of some of the products benefits and varied applications. From motor skill development to reaction or vision training both for large class games or individual skills training and everything in between

  • Learning basic Throwing, Catching and Motor Skills
  • Lunchtime Activities
  • Sporting Skill Development
  • Vision Training
  • Stretching Gifted and Talented pupils
  • Improving Focus and Attention in class
  • Linking to other curriculum

Going forward we will have suggested session plans, Crazy Catch games, drills and activities all available as free teaching resources to download at any time. Whilst new Primary and Secondary School packs are now available online…

 

 

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NEW Netball Training Drills with Sasha Corbin, Serena Guthrie and Kadeen Corbin

If your Netball team is looking to improve your skills this season, then you need Crazy Catch. Check out our new “Think Outside the Box” drills with England Roses players Sasha and Kadeen Corbin and Serena Guthrie with some top tips and ideas to add fun and challenge to your training sessions. Take a look and try them out for yourself …

DOWNLOAD THE PDF COACHING RESOURCE FOR THE CRAZY CATCH WARM UP CIRCUIT

DOWNLOAD THE PDF COACHING RESOURCE FOR CRAZY CATCH IN SYNC SQUARE

DOWNLOAD THE PDF COACHING RESOURCE FOR THE CRAZY CATCH INDIAN FILE DRILL

DOWNLOAD THE PDF COACHING RESOURCE FOR CRAZY CATCH REBOUND SHOTS

Crazy Catch is a high quality rebound net with patented net technology. Only Crazy Catch offers this unpredictable rebound with a Netball and that’s why it’s used and loved by top international players including Sasha, Serena and Kadeen but its also just as suitable to help beginners learning the game. Crazy Catch comes fully assembled & there are 4 sizes to choose from. Select from the Crazy Catch Double Trouble range for #Netball – one side has small netting for repetition drills whilst the other is totally insane side, perfect for reactions & really testing your catching & receiving skills.

You can buy Crazy Catch from leading Netball retailers including Netball UK and Barrington Sports 

Crazy Catch and MH1 | Partnership Announcement

Olympic Champion Maddie Hinch is launching her own goalkeeping camps today under the MH1 brand and Crazy Catch are delighted to be partnering with the events, hosted at Oaklands College (29,30,31st July).

Crazy Catch have been linked with Hinch for the last couple of years, producing various inspirational training videos including in the run up to Rio with fellow FIH goalkeeper of the year David Harte and the brilliant Self Pass. Both Maddie and David use Crazy Catch in their training sessions to develop agility, reactions and to add fun and variety to their sessions. As part of our sponsorship of the MH1 camps, Crazy Catch will be used extensively whilst there will also be a special goalkeeping Facebook live on Monday at 2:10pm where fans can ask questions about Maddie’s training regime, goalkeeping tips, Crazy Catch drill suggestions and advice on making it to the top.

On launching the camps, Maddie Hinch said: “I wanted to create a hockey camp with a sole focus on goalkeeping skills. I hope that this is just the beginning of developing a recognised and leading brand of goalkeeping courses that can be rolled out across the country. I want all ages and abilities to have the opportunity to learn and develop goalkeeping skills with some of the top coaches in the country. For me, seeing people pick up a stick and want to participate in hockey makes everything I do worthwhile.”

From Crazy Catch Marketing Manger Kate Costin said ” We are delighted to support Maddie’s first venture into coaching. Crazy Catch is used by many of the world’s top hockey players and teams to improve their skills with its unique INSANE netting making training fun and challenging so its great to bring this experience to the MH1 camps whilst our facebook live session will allow those hockey fans who were unable to attend, still to get involved.

Follow us on social media for photos and actions from the camps and also to tune into the Facebook Live. Post your questions in advance and the best ones will be answered by Maddie on Monday…

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

Strike, Defend, Evade | Add another dimension to your batting training

Strike, Defend, Evade is an excellent new batting drill from Crazy Catch working on your Vision and Cognitive decision making. With the coach feeding behind the batsmen, it’s a great position from which to provide instant feedback or hone a certain shot.

Three different coloured balls are used (the Crazy Catch Vision balls are also slightly different weights which come off the net at different speeds) and firstly green balls are used with the batter trying to evade balls around the head area replicating short pitched deliveries. Then a red ball is add with the batter looking to strike and go after each ball; thirdly a defend ball is added. Now the coach feeds randomly these three coloured balls and the batter needs to process the colour and make the appropriate decision.

Again with the Crazy Catch, you can alter the level of challenge in this drill by varying the pace of the feed – whilst if you want even more unpredictability – try the insane side. England women’s opener Tammy Beaumont whose currently lining up in the #WWC17 provides her top tip

It’s important to look to play the ball first, then get out the way if needed. As you develop, you’ll learn its hard to control the ball when it gets around your head height so it may be best to leave those. Whether you duck or sway normally depends on the line of the ball. If it’s outside off stump or the line of your body its easier to sway out of the way. If the ball is on the line of your body then its better to duck under the ball to avoid falling on the floor!!