Category Archives: Wicket Keeping

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) 

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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!!

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…

Behind the Scenes on the James Taylor shoot with Pro Direct Cricket

Pro:Direct Cricket joined us at Trent Bridge back in March when we filmed with James Taylor for our “Catches Win Matches” video and photo shoot. Pro Direct captured this interview with James where he talks about his fielding hero’s and how important fielding is for the England Cricket team PLUS this behind the scenes video of the day. James is seen using the Crazy Catch range of premium rebound nets to develop his fielding skills…

As you can see from the video, the pace of the rebound is very quick and the unique patented net technology means that the rebound is very unpredictable on the INSANE side. Crazy Catch is a great way to add fun and variety to your cricket teams training sessions and ensure there are no dropped catches this season! Use  Crazy Catch for close up fielding drills or to improve throwing accuracy, longer throws and also batting technique … the possibilities are endless.

To buy a Crazy Catch you can visit the Pro Direct Cricket website http://www.prodirectcricket.com/lists/cricket-coaching-aids.aspx?listName=cricket-coaching-aids&cur=GBP&pp=32&brand=Crazy+Catch

#ReindeerTraining episode three: Crazy Catch for cricket with Hoggy and Nico

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.

The Crazy Catch Classic range for Cricket

The Crazy Catch Classic range for Cricket

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.

Umar Akmal training with Crazy Catch at the #CWC15

The ICC Cricket World Cup is making headlines for many reasons at the moment – some big hitting from the likes of Chris Gayle and AB De Villiers as well as some top catches are getting press whilst England’s performances sadly are not living up to the billing.

A personal connection with our product and the #CWC15 now comes in the form of Pakistan’s wicket keeper Umar Akmal who is videoed here at the Gabba training his reactions with Crazy Catch. He is playing a game called Crazy T-Ball where the object of the game is to move your opponent around by throwing the ball off the Crazy Catch to the point where they drop a catch, whilst still making all your catches. It’s a great way to fine tune your hand-eye co-ordination and fielding skills and obviously paid off for Akmal who took 5 catches against Zimbabwe.

Pakistan training with Crazy Catch - photo via Grant Luden, Fielding/Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Pakistan training with Crazy Catch – photo via Grant Luden, Fielding/Strength and Conditioning Coach.

We wish Pakistan all the best for the rest of the tournament…