Tag Archives: Catching

High Catches | Can we practice our fielding skills more effectively

“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

The Ultimate Fielding Test | Test 3 – Freestyle Tennis

To celebrate the Ashes, Crazy Catch have our own fielding competition currently running – its the Ultimate Fielding Test between England and Australia represented by Nick Compton and Joe Burns respectably.

The third test is Freestyle Tennis where Compton and Burns take part in a tennis style match using the Crazy Catch Freestyle. The ball must not bounce on their half of the court otherwise they lose the point and the player must use the Freestyle to play the ball into their opponents half – otherwise it’s tennis scoring with the best of three sets deciding this contest … and watch out for the curveballs straight back onto your side!!

Nick Compton and Joe Burns compete in Freestyle Tennis

Nick Compton and Joe Burns compete in Freestyle Tennis

The Crazy Catch Freestyle is our newest model to hit the Crazy Catch range – its a small, lightweight, handheld product with insane netting and a RRP of £50. The Freestyle makes a great coaching aid (whatever your sport) and you can use it to play with your mates too. Give it a go and join in the crazy fun ! … available from all leading cricket retailers

Millfield School sports teams training with Crazy Catch

Crazy Catch is delighted to supply its full range of reaction training equipment to Millfield School. World-class facilities, along with a unique blend of high quality coaching, enable’s Millfield to offer an environment for pupils to develop confidence and resilience through sport and taking advantage of teamwork and leadership opportunities. We are grateful to all the PE staff at Millfield for allowing us to come in and film and photograph them in action using the Ultimate Rebound Net. Some of the best shots are shown below with a video to follow…

Speaking about the use of Crazy Catch with cricketers at Millfield School, Director of Cricket Coaching Mark Garraway said “The Crazy Catch range gives any coach access to 100’s of catching and fielding drills which can be applied into groups, 1 on 1 coaching time and also independent sessions.

Players can hone techniques, starting positions, catches up high, down low and side to side with the freestanding units. One of the best features of the product is the two different net sides – for insane and sane rebounds. With the SANE side, we can help any player to hone repeatable technique then once the technique is in place, the player can try the other side of the net where there is an INSANE rebound which challenges overall catching technique much more and tests the newly developed skills as you can’t predict which way the ball will react off of the strings. A player may only get one ball in that honed area out of 20 goes and that’s the challenge! Can the player come up with the ball?

The handheld Freestyle offers the coach flexibility to change the angle of rebound, thus bringing in a number of fielders into a drill. A great example of this comes with reaction practice for short leg and silly point fielders. The large surface area gives any coach a great chance of deflecting the ball to one fielder or another off a bounce throw feed. You can even surprise the feeder with a hard struck return catch!!

We also find that Crazy Catches are also great to use in team invasion games where a point or goal is scored by throwing the ball against the rebound net and taking a return catch. I have only mentioned a few of the Crazy Catch models and a handful of drills…. the scope for the development of cricketers is only limited by the imagination of the coach. Crazy Catch is an essential coaching tool.”

Whilst Crazy Catch has been a hugely popular training aid in some of Millfield’s core sports like cricket, rugby, hockey and netball for many years we were really impressed to see great applications in sports such as fencing, tennis and basketball. The fencing master commented on how key movement skills are transferable and could be developed and improved by using the Crazy Catches whereas the tennis players all invented new games with the product with footwork, teamwork and reactions at the fore… as well as with skill develop practices working on improved control with volleys, touch and accuracy.

Crazy Catches are simply a must have for all schools from key staged 1 where the focus is on teaching kids how to catch as well as fundamental ABC skills right up to elite international junior athletes. Whatever your sport, improve your game with Crazy  Catch … available from all leading school sport suppliers.

Schools Out, Sports In – send us your Crazy Catch videos and photos

Schools Out, Sports In

Schools Out, Sports In

Thanks to everyone who has sent images in to us over the summer holidays via our social media platforms … its been great seeing how much fun you have been having with your Crazy Catch!! Here are a selection of the best videos and photos …

There are also some neat skills shown on these videos – join in the fun yourself using the #crazycatch

Northants CC host presentation for global catching champion Stefan Vass

On Friday, during the toss for the T20 fixture between Northampton Steelbacks and Derbyshire, Stefan Vass of Crazy Catch fame received his cheque for winning the U17’s global One Minute Challenge competition.

Stefan Vass is presented with his cheque by Steelbacks captain Kyle Coetzer

Stefan Vass is presented with his cheque by Steelbacks captain Kyle Coetzer

The Crazy Catch One Minute Challenge involves throwing and catching a ball off the INSANE side of a Crazy Catch rebound net, as many times as you can in a minute. With the ball taking an unpredictable path, lightening quick reactions and great hand eye co-ordination and concentration is required. Moulton College graduate Stefan managed to score 72 last year which saw him win the junior category being only a few catches shy of the overall highest score in the adults competition.

Stefan puts his talents down to hours of practice and his badminton skills, where he has represented the county. “Crazy Catch is a great way for me to sharpen up my reactions which has definitely helped me to improve my badminton skills. The one minute challenge is pretty addictive and I have been trying to beat my top score ever since the competition started. It’s great to win the junior category and be presented with my prize by the Steelbacks captain… It was a great game too”

On behalf of Crazy Catch, Marketing Manager Kate Costin said ” Stefan is a real catching star and his speed and consistency is truly amazing to watch. We have put him up against many ex pros cricketers like Paul Nixon and Alex Tudor and he always wins. We are grateful to NCCC for hosting the presentation and wish them all the best for the rest of the season – if they ever need a stand in fielder with safe hands – they know where to come now!”

#FIELDINGFUN – Week 8 … Top Fielding Tips and the Crazy Catch reviewed

It’s the final week of fielding fun so we are pulling out all the stops with some top fielding tips…

In addition our super talented assistants Jonny, Jonny and Connor have added in their thoughts about Crazy Catch and how they feel it helps their fielding skills as well as a very catchy tagline that is priceless!!

The Fielding Fun team at City Cricket Academy

The Fielding Fun team at City Cricket Academy

Big thanks to Paul Nixon, City Cricket Academy and the young cricketers for their help with the video… Be sure to check out all the videos and blogs and get out there and have some fun with Crazy Catch – The Ultimate Rebound Net. #fieldingfun

#FIELDINGFUN – Week 6 … Mates Rotate

It’s week 6 of #fieldingfun with a great little drill which is perfect to play with your friends called “Mates Rotate”. Nico explains…

As you can see from the video its very simple drill to set up and play and you can add to the challenge by having 3 lives each, losing one if you drop a catch. This works really well with large groups as eventually as the numbers decrease it makes it more difficult to get round the Crazy Catch for your next go! You can play this game with any ball so it works just as well as a practice in your football or netball training and is a great active warm up game to get your heart rate up and your reactions sharp. Why not have a go in the garden this weekend…

We have used the Crazy Catch Wildchild classic in this demonstration but any model would also do the same job. We would recommend the Wildchild Double Trouble for football and netball as it has larger netting on one side so even with a larger ball, makes an INSANE rebound.