“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
Running alongside the Women’s World Cup hosted around England this June and July; Crazy Catch are pleased to announce our brand new campaign “Think Outside the Box” which see’s England’s Tammy Beaumont demonstrating some new and innovative Crazy Catch drills for cricket working with Director of Cricket at Millfield School Mark Garaway.
Says Marketing Manager Kate Costin Think Outside the Box is all about providing coaches with new drill ideas away from the traditional throw and catch concept often associated with Crazy Catch “This series of six drills shows the Crazy Catch as an all round training aid for cricket so we have some great batting drills and ways to use the Crazy Catch to improve your visual skills and decision making”. “Coaches will be able to access these drills via our social channels and also download the FREE PDF which gives all the information you need to run the practice at your school or club so the drill set up, equipment list, progressions, coaching points and some great advice from Tammy and Mark. We are sure that players will be able to make significant gains in their game with this outside the box thinking and hopefully we will see the Crazy Catch being used more creatively as its a hugely versatile piece of kit”
The Crazy Catch classic range for cricket has both a SANE and INSANE side when used with a small ball. This enables the product to be used at all levels of the game across batting, bowling and fielding skills whilst its also great for team games, warm ups and for gym work incorporating reaction training.
Crazy Catch, the Ultimate Rebound Net, is delighted to launch a brand new video “Catches Win Matches” featuring James Taylor who was responsible for two amazing catches for England on day three of the third Test at the Wanderers against South Africa which swung the match and series England’s way. It was calculated that James reacted in 0.417 seconds to dismiss Hashim Amla off Stuart Broad!!.
Be your teams fielding hero & take your skills to the next level this summer with fun drills that are great for clubs or for you to practice at home alone. The Ultimate Rebound Net for cricket has one SANE and one totally INSANE side which is unique to Crazy Catch nets and sets us apart as the number one cricket training aid.
James holding the Crazy Catch Freestyle
James and the full Crazy Catch Classic range for cricket
Taking a catch
Our most popular model, the Wildchild Classic
For more on the campaign, be sure to follow James and Crazy Catch on social media (Facebook and Instagram too) OR for behind the scene’s content take a look at Pro Direct Cricket
CLUB CRAZY CATCH is FREE and open to all Crazy Catch owners who have brought the product from any UK retailer, in the last year… any Crazy Catches over a year in age, you can of course still join however parts will not be guaranteed.
All you need to do to join is complete a very short form on our website (JOIN NOW) and you will immediately qualify for the benefits above. We look forward to welcoming you to the club
After a tough bootcamp with Gail Emms (watch) and a present delivery masterclass netball stylee with Sasha Corbin (watch), Rudolph and Co have been trying their hand at cricket in a bid to sharpen their hand eye co-ordination and reaction catching skills- all vital ahead of their present delivery marathon on Christmas eve. Ashes winning Matthew Hoggard and Paul Nixon, the legendary England wicketkeeper put our Reindeer’s through their paces of course bringing out the Crazy Catch to take their skills to the next level with some amazing results!! Watch #ReindeerTraining episode three for cricket!
Crazy Catch is hugely popular in cricket with many international teams and players using the product. You can see lots of drills and ideas on our You Tube channel – in particular watch our Ashes Fielding Challenge from the summer which was a series of games between Nick Compton and Joe Burns representing England and Australia respectably. Crazy Catch is the perfect present for cricketers of all ages and ability this Christmas and comes in a choice of four sizes.
Buy instore from leading cricket retailers or online – some great deals out there. Happy #ReindeerTraining everyone and look out for more animations coming soon from Crazy Catch – the Ultimate Rebound Net.
Crazy Catch are delighted to add QPR to their roster of professional football clubs actively using the Crazy Catch in their training sessions. QPR first team goalkeeper coach Paul Crichton was introduced to us by Lee Kendal, goalkeeper coach with the England Women’s team and after demonstrating the product at their training base in Hayes, Paul was quickly sold on the product with a huge number of drill ideas immediately springing to his mind.
Working with U21 goalkeepers Joe Lumley and Conor Hudnott, the video analysis team at QPR filmed this video for us which demonstrates a number of handling, reaction and distribution drills using the Ultimate Rebound Net. Both Paul and his assistant Dean Thorton were hugely impressed with Crazy Catch and since we met have been using the product extensively with all the goalkeepers from the first team down throughout all the youth teams at the club with the players all responding to this fun, innovative piece of kit
“The Crazy Catch is a really good tool and we have incorporated it into a number of our drills at QPR. With younger goalkeepers its perfect for coaching basic goalkeeping shapes and positioning as you have the security of a really consistent rebound. In more complex drills with the older keepers it adds another server which means you have a second and third phase save which is vital plus the INSANE side can really test their reactions. Crossing sessions, distribution sessions and fitness sessions can all be taken to another level with Crazy Catch so they are such a useful piece of equipment for us” – Paul Crichton
The Crazy Catch Double Trouble range for Football
It’s Crazy Catch Football Month this October so stay tuned for lots more new videos and competitions as well as some great offers from our retailers. Buy now at all leading soccer and sports retailers and whatever your sport, improve your game, with Crazy Catch.
Me and My Crazy Catch is a series of 3 videos brought to you by J4Ktv featuring Jack – an aspiring young goalkeeper. The videos feature various ideas and drills which are perfect for training at home in the garden with your Crazy Catch … Jack is using our most popular model for football, the Wildchild Double Trouble.
Part 1 – Handling and Footwork
Part 2 – Diving
Part 3 – Reactions
The Crazy Catch is a unique training product with the Wildchild Double Trouble having two different net sizes – one smaller which is great for a more repetitive drill where a consistent feed is required, whilst the reverse is more INSANE and is great for reaction saves and adding unpredictability into your training sessions. The great thing about all these J4K drills is that you can train alone, with very little space required – just add a ball and a Crazy Catch and have fun improving your game.