Given the importance of vision in nearly all sports, it does seem like quite a forgotten area of focus and research. Athletes spend hours training their other muscle groups but relatively few have programmes in place with high performance vision coaches. Notable exceptions include the England Rugby squad who have been working with Dr. Sherylle Calder under Sir Clive Woodward and now Eddie Jones and Dr Zoe Wimshurst of Performance Vision who has some high profile clients and understood an amazing study with Ronaldo, worth checking out on You Tube.
I am writing this blog not as an eye expert by any means but as marketing manager of Crazy Catch, a product which I have seen first hand improving a huge number of skills linked to this topic including reactions and hand-eye coordination. The previously mentioned experts also use Crazy Catch and Crazy Catch Vision Balls in their programmes with the random nature of the rebound, being great for eye tracking exercises.
As the new cricket season, gets underway – we have created a set of quick and easy Vision Training drills covering agility, peripheral vision, reaction times and coordination featuring Tom Moores and Tammy Beaumont. Some of these are quite simple in their set up but by using the INSANE side, there is always extra challenge and unpredictability, whilst other drills are much more tricky. Remember you can always decrease your distance to reduce the reaction time or throw the ball much harder so all these drills are suitable for all ages and abilities.
The drills would also be great tools to teach young kids the basics of throwing and catching and again this strikes me as something which this iphone generation does seem to struggle with and this is reflected in various conversations with primary school teachers. Using Crazy Catch Vision Balls can really help fast track the learning process. Ask a child – what is the last colour or shape on the ball they see before making the catch and what you are in effect doing, is skipping the eyes focus to the most important part of the catch … in the catching or striking zone itself much in the same way that when a child learns to read, they use their finger to ensure they are reading the current word rather than their eyes skipping around the page. It makes perfect sense when you think about it!
We would be interested to hear from PE teachers and coaches, if exercises like these are part of your programme … they are all totally adaptable for specific sports too so the catch can be replaced by a strike in sports like hockey and tennis. Here is a link to the playlist where you can find all the drills with a short explanation https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqXqrR3PaRs7dcU2HfcJOI-dXZRZhE68B
Nottinghamshire Wicket Keeper Batsman Tom Moores has joined England Women’s star Tammy Beaumont in becoming Crazy Catch ambassadors for the upcoming year.
Tom enjoyed a breakthrough season at Nottinghamshire, hitting career best scores in all three formats, including his maiden First-Class century against Somerset at Taunton, whilst averaging over 30 with the bat in both the T20 Vitality Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup. Behind the stumps, Moores who has represented England at U19’s level, claimed 39 dismissals in the County Championship and recently picked up the Green and Golds Player of the Season award.
Tom grew up with Crazy Catch and describes hours and hours of fun playing in the garden diving off trampolines trying to take spectacular diving catches from his rebound net which has developed now into a passion for wicket keeping. Fast forward to 2018 where Tom now uses the Ultimate Rebound Net to train his reactions behind the stumps and to keep his training fun, fresh and varied.
It’s been a stellar year for Tammy Beaumont to say the least with her standout performances with the bat powering England to a historic World Cup win in front of a packed house at Lord’s in July 2017. Last year new and innovative drills featuring Tammy were a real hit with cricket players and coaches and showed new and innovative ways to improve not only your catching skills but all aspects of your cricket game for beginners and juniors right up to professionals competing at international level. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqXqrR3PaRs7mI1zWFnzhl241PxSBhplq
Tammy and Tom will appear in a series of new Crazy Catch challenges out early 2019 whilst also providing coaching tips in a series of wicket keeping drills. Crazy Catch is available from leading cricket retailers and online on the Crazy Catch UK store https://ukstore.crazycatch.com/
New Crazy Catch ambassador James Haskell demonstrates some new Rugby training drills which are designed to improve your handling skills, reactions and add fun and extra challenge to any training drill.
The video includes 5 new drills filmed at Warwick School and using products from the Crazy Catch Double Trouble range…
Engage the Back Line
Tackle and Lay Off
High Ball Catches
Crazy Keepie Uppie
Quick Hands and Offloads
“Crazy Catch is great for what I want to do fitness wise because you have that ability to combine hand-eye coordination skills which is something you have to do all the time in Rugby with some condition element as well which will get your heart rate going. ” – James Haskell
Crazy Catch is the world’s number one rebound net – with a unique INSANE rebound. With the double trouble range for Rugby their are two different sides of netting. The small mesh returns the ball more predictably whereas the larger mesh is completely unpredictable and excellent for reaction training. Used by top international teams and players, add Crazy Catch to your training kit!
Want to get Rugby fit like new Crazy Catch Ambassador James Haskell … then try these awesome workouts incorporating Crazy Catch – the Ultimate Rebound Net with its unique INSANE rebound.
WATCH England Rugby star James Haskell demonstrate loads of ways to use the Crazy Catch in a fitness workout including medicine ball sit ups, resistant band lunges and core ball reaction catches. It’s easy to see why so many top international and club teams use Crazy Catch to improve their hand eye co-ordination and vision skills. Even when injured you can still keep sharp with the number one rebound net. It’s easy to incorporate into fitness circuits & HIIT sessions.
Medicine Ball Sit Up
Resistance Band Catches
Core Ball OMC
If you want to train smarter like England Rugby international James Haskell … you need Crazy Catch! Just get creative and incorporate the Ultimate Rebound Net into various fitness drills using the INSANE rebound to add variety to the workout. In the squat position see how many catches you can do in a minute … it’s a fun high cardio workout that will improve your sporting skills. The Crazy Catch Wildchild (pictured) is a must have piece of gym kit!!
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New Crazy Catch Ambassador James Haskell, filmed a game of how well does James Haskell know James Haskell with hilarious results …
In the New Year, Crazy Catch will be sharing some new Rugby and Fitness drills filmed with James using the Ultimate Rebound Net! From beginners to top professionals the INSANE bounce off the Crazy Catch will really challenge your skills and help you to improve, whatever your sport. Follow us on social media to be the first to see the new videos …
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.
If you feel like you are just going through the paces in your warm ups, then you need Crazy Catch. Add excitement and immediately get your reactions sharp and your hand-eye co-ordination in play ahead of your game or training session. You can also use Crazy Catch for some high intensity team games and challenges to development camaraderie and communication skills.
Take a look at these couple of examples posted on 2003 Rugby World Cup winner, Will Greenwood’s instagram page … here he is with the lads from Maidenhead Rugby but these and similar drills work just as well in other sports. Get creative and share your drills @CrazyCatchUK