Category Archives: Wicket Keeping

Crazy Catch wicket keeping video goes viral!

This new short wicket keeping clip featuring Surrey Cricket’s Ben Foakes working with fielding coach Chris Taylor and Alec Stewart has been taking the internet by storm and has amassed nearly 50,000 views! The drill uses a Crazy Catch Wildchild at a 90 degree angle with a wobble stump trying to distract the wicket keeper.

  1. DISTRACTION STUMPING DRILL 

    2. TURN AND BOUNCE DRILL

This 'Turn & Bounce' wicket keeping drill simulates a #wicketkeeper taking a ball that turns and bounces through the gate. Starting Position @benfoakes7 has excellent 'posture' and athletic position. His eyes are level and engaged. The take technique – Upper body rotation to 'cope' with the bouncing ball. – Foakes maintains a large catching area as he turns – Quick hands back to the stumps – Follows ‘take and break’ with a straight back into 'posture position' Overtrain – Try multiple feeds from multiple angles which will challenge your player to produce solid technique every ball. Try a set of 6 balls 🏏 Progression – Flip to the insane side of the Crazy Catch for more challenge Thanks to Chris Taylor of @surreycricket for the footage and coaching points #Cricket #surreycricket #crickettraining #cricketcoaching #crazycatch @wecoachcricket @cricketmentoring @citycricketacademy @procoachcricket

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A second drill will called ‘Turn & Bounce’ simulates a  wicket keeper taking a ball that turns and bounces through the gate. Chris Taylor has kindly provided his coaching insight ….

Starting Position @benfoakes7 has excellent ‘posture’ and athletic position. His eyes are level and engaged.

The take technique

  • Upper body rotation to ‘cope’ with the bouncing ball.
  • Foakes maintains a large catching area as he turns
  • Quick hands back to the stumps
  • Follows ‘take and break’ with a straight back into ‘posture position’

Overtrain – Try multiple feeds from multiple angles which will challenge your player to produce solid technique every ball. Try a set of 6 balls 🏏

Progression – Flip to the insane side of the Crazy Catch for more challenge!

If you have enjoyed this drill, check out the Think Outside the Box drills and accompanying PDF drillcards produced with Tammy Beaumont and Mark Garaway … there are 6 innovative drills which are not just about catching but also work on evading the short ball, hitting the stumps, power hitting and taking those high boundary catches. Add fun, variety and challenge into any training session http://thinkoutsidethebox.pagedemo.co/ 

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Cricket Drills | We Coach Cricket take on “Think Outside the Box” from Crazy Catch

You Tubers We Coach Cricket have taken inspiration from our Tammy Beaumont Think Outside the Box drills which we filmed last year which show the versatility of the product and how creative you can get with your coaching drills to improve batting, bowling and fielding skills!

How to MASTER the SHORT BALL with a Crazy Catch

This one specifically is used for training against the short ball, whether your duck, sway or play the choice is yours. The Crazy Catch really mixes up the feed as it rebounds off the net erratically so each ball is different and really keeps you on your toes!

How can I BAT on DODGY Wickets?

In this session Dan and Kieran look to recreate the batting against spin using the Crazy Catch. They have the Wildchild Classic and Upstart Classic laid flat with the INSANE sides facing up for extra unpredictability. This is a great way to practice batting on some of those dodgy uncovered pitches in the UK!!

This We Coach Cricket series is in partnership with Crazy Catch retailer Serious Cricket – SHOP HERE 

Wicket Keeping Training Drill | Cricket

Think Outside the Box and take your wicket keeping skills to the next level. Tammy Beaumont demonstrates a STUMPING AND CATCHING drill using the Crazy Catch Upstart INSANE side which creates an unpredictable rebound simulating deliveries off the pitch and balls which “nick off ” the bat or glove. This drill works on movement behind the stumps and dealing with deflections.

Download the PDF coaching resource for all the Think Outside the Box drills with Tammy Beaumont and Mark Garaway http://thinkoutsidethebox.pagedemo.co/ and check out the Crazy Catch range with its unique INSANE rebound to take your cricket skills to the next level.

Tammy’s Top Tip – “This drill is great to test out your movement as a wicket keeper. As your confidence grows you can test out how far you can cover with the angle of the Crazy Catch. Look to move fast and late. The most important thing with this drill is to get your head as
close to the ball as possible, because your hands will always follow”

 

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) 

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 who won the world cup with England, 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!!

DOWNLOAD the free Think Outside the Box coaching PDF’s containing a set up diagram, kit list, Tammy’s top tips, coaching points and progressions at http://thinkoutsidethebox.pagedemo.co/

Think Outside the Box | #WWC15 with Tammy Beaumont

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 | Cricket fielding drills with James Taylor

As part of our “Catches Win Matches” campaign with James Taylor, we are releasing a new fielding drill incorporating Crazy Catch for each of the 4 Pakistan test matches. They will be added to the blog as they are released…

Why not try them in your next cricket club training session or in the garden with your friends. Use the SANE side to get the hang of things, then test your reactions to the max by flipping over to the INSANE side…