I’m sure there are plenty of you who like to have a kick about in the back garden but, even if you have a few mates over to join in, the casual kick about can quickly become very repetitive and dull. However, help is on hand as Crazy Catch have the perfect solution to add a bit of fun and variety to any back garden football game, regardless if you’re playing by yourself or in a group.
Due to its INSANE rebound, Crazy Catch is brilliant for practising and developing your first touch and volleying skills. The unpredictable nature of the INSANE side means no two balls will come back in the same way, therefore, your reactions and your touch are constantly tested. This also makes it a great training aid for goalkeepers. The Crazy Catch range is also extremely quick and easy to set up, so won’t take away any of your precious footy time, and it is portable, so can just as easily be taken to the park or beach.
Make sure you choose the Crazy Catch Double Trouble range for big ball sports like football. Although similar in appearance to the Classic range, the DT range features two INSANE rebound sides (one for a small ball and one for a large ball) so double the trouble. The Upstart is the smallest Crazy Catch in the DT range, followed by the Wildchild, which is our most popular model, and finally the Professional, which is ideal for clubs and schools. The Freestyle is the only hand held Crazy Catch and a great coaching aid.
Crazy Catch is available from all leading football and sports retailers – improve your skills today!
Think Outside the Box hockey is a set of new, innovative drills from Crazy Catch, specifically created with hockey in mind. Featuring Ireland’s David Harte, in total there are five drills for both goalkeepers and outfield players to use, although there are many more drills that can be developed from these five.
No Man’s Land
Freestyle in the D
The main benefit of using Crazy Catch for hockey is the variety and fun it can add to your training or practice. By using both the SANE and INSANE rebound sides, it is far easier to test your ability and skill levels and simulate match conditions. The unpredictability of the INSANE side provides a great test for any goalkeeper looking to challenge their reactions and saving capabilities, whilst outfield players can develop and improve their first touch, particularly at taking the ball from the air.
For small ball sports, like hockey, the Crazy Catch Classic range is the recommended choice, as can be seen in the above videos. The Upstart is the smallest Crazy Catch in the Classic range, followed by the Wildchild, which is our most popular model, and finally the Professional, which is ideal for clubs and schools. The Freestyle is the only hand held Crazy Catch and a great coaching aid.
Maddie Hinch and Crazy Catch have teamed up for England Hockey’s Goalkeeping week to launch a new competition to win a Crazy Catch Wildchild and one of Maddie’s Ritual sticks! All you need to do is post your own 2 ball drill – something like this…
To enter you just need to post your video clip on social and tag @MaddieHinch and @CrazyCatchUK … We will post all the entries received on this blog post so you can get even more ideas for your next goalkeeping session or appreciate some of the top saves! #GKLOVE Please note the deadline for entries is Tuesday 28th February. Good Luck
Real Madrid is one of the world’s biggest football clubs and they along with top goalkeeping coach Luis Llopis, have been using Crazy Catch for a couple of years now. Watch this new video of a reaction session featuring Keylor Navas, Kiko Casilla and Ryan Yanez Alabart.
This session uses the Crazy Catch Wildchild Double Trouble as well as a mixture of footballs and smaller tennis balls. Using smaller balls develops quicker reflexes and also aids visual performance (plus going back to using footballs then makes these balls much easier to save). The unique thing about the Crazy Catch is its INSANE rebound so the tennis ball comes off the net very erratically pushing you to the limit and making for a very intensive session. Luis also sometimes pushes the net as the ball impacts to create more pace and unpredictability for these elite keepers. Try some of these ideas in your next session …
Crazy Catch is the original and best rebound net for football (or Soccer) training … Chose from the Double Trouble range; these have large netting on one side, so it’s INSANE even with a football (grey side in image above), then small netting on the front. The Ultimate Rebound Net is available from leading football retailers including Pro Direct Soccer.
Welcome to our “Hinch and Harte” training drills blog … the easy way to access all 4 episodes in this series of hockey goalkeeping videos from Crazy Catch, the Ultimate Rebound Net. Watch Maddie Hinch and FIH World Goalkeeper of the Year David Harte, demonstrate 4 fun yet simple drills you can do in your next training sessions working on Deflections and Reactions, Ball Contact and Decision Making, Hand Saves and clearing with some top tips and advice too.
Crazy Catch is a superb training aid for hockey players – both outfield players and goalkeepers. The ball rebounds unpredictably off the net which tests all elements of your game including hidden benefits such as vision performance. Many top international teams use Crazy Catch in their training programmes – it’s a great way to add variety and challenge to any drill and push your skills to new levels. Crazy Catch is available in 4 sized nets from leading hockey retailers … every club needs one!
Soccer AM, Sky Sports’ cult Saturday morning football show is this season using the Crazy Catch Professional for their volleys challenge. Take a look at some of the show highlights so far including a stumble from Peter Crouch, a great hit from 7 days star Craig David and an absolutely top bin from show presenter Smithy.
You can follow Soccer AM on their social media pages for lots more content and their weekly team challenges. Crazy Catch is a great training tool to work on your first touch, skills and shooting techniques and is used by top teams and clubs all around the world and is available to buy from leading soccer retailers including Pro Direct Soccer, Soccer Store, Clubline and Just Keepers as well as other multi sport online stores.
8 wins out of 8 saw GB women’s scoop an incredible first Olympic hockey gold medal with Crazy Catch ambassador Maddie Hinch putting in a man of the match performance saving a penalty flick in the game and 5 shuffles in the shootout. Cue a twitter explosion and out pouring of superlatives from the great british public, who had been swept up by the passion and belief showed by all the squad, let superbly by retiring captain Kate Richardson-Walsh, who was subsequently chosen as team GB’s flag bearer in the closing ceremony.
With Maddie and her team mates making both the front and back pages and being chosen by the likes of Sir Steve Redgrave as their Rio 2016 highlight, the girls have certainly achieved their objectives of “Being the difference, Creating history and Inspiring the future” as well as sending the profile of the sport to the next level.
Crazy Catch first met Maddie back at Bisham Abbey in 2011 when the Ultimate Rebound Net was used for vision training and by legendary goalkeeper coach John Hurst for reaction training.
Maddie vision training at Bisham in May 2011
Then in 2013 we filmed our first video “Not Giving In” before Maddie joined as an official ambassador earlier this year and we created some awesome new content in Holland, alongside FIH goalkeeper of the year David Harte. You can watch all these videos plus some great content with Self Pass on our hockey playlist …
Next up, Maddie will be moving to Holland to play for dutch club Stichtse (SCHC). Stay tuned for more training footage with Crazy Catch, the Ultimate Rebound Net for hockey and a great way to take your game to the next level, whatever your sport. If you have any messages of congratulations for Maddie or the GB hockey team, just comment below …