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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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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

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.

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.

The Ultimate Fielding Test | Test 2 – The Vision Challenge

The Crazy Catch is used by professional athletes to improve their performance vision skills include world renowned eye specialists Dr Sherylle Calder and Dr Zoe Wimshurst. The eye muscle is one of the most important for cricketers in all elements of the game including catching so this fielding challenge tests visual skills and cognitive decision making which is the ability of the brain to process information and make decisions accordingly.

 

Here with no visual triggers such as hand angle – the players have to catch only their teams coloured balls which is red for England and Nick Compton and green for Australia and Joe Burns, both of Middlesex. At a very close distance and on the insane side of the Crazy Catch, reaction times are very short!

Try this one yourself with two friends and see how you get on! Tweet us @CrazyCatchUK

Which is the right Crazy Catch for me this Christmas??

The elves at Crazy Catch HQ have been receiving a number of phone calls and emails recently from customers looking to buy a Crazy Catch but quite not sure which would be the best model for their needs… so here is a little blog to explain the difference between our Classic Range and Double Trouble range and the different sizes available…

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The Classic range – for small ball sports like cricket, tennis and hockey

 

Put simply we recommend the Classic Range for small ball sports like cricket and hockey and the Double Troubles for large ball sports like football, netball and rugby. This is because the Classics (available as either an Upstart, Wildchild or Professional) have small netting on both sides. One side is single netting so the ball behaves normally and comes straight back to you, yet the other side has two nets which overlap to create our wonderful INSANE rebounds which will send the ball in all kinds of direction testing your catching skills, and reactions to the limit and making for a load of fun whatever your age or ability!!

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The Double Trouble range with 2 insane sides for big ball sports like Football, Rugby and Netball

 

Then there’s our Double Trouble range which comes in the same sizes (Upstart, Wildchild and Professional) and has one side of small netting (the Crazy double netting so an INSANE reaction with a small ball) however on the reverse is larger netting which sends a large ball like a netball or football INSANE…. so double the trouble. There is also the Freestyle which is our brand new award winning handheld model, and again a great coaching aid for lots of sports!!

Size wise the Freestyle is smallest (52cm x 52cm) then the Upstart is a handy size for the home or garden or youngsters at (75cm x 75cm). Next comes our Wildchild and most popular model measuring up at 93cm x 93cm and finally the big one, the Professional, perfect for clubs and schools (148cm x 91cm)

Want more … Why not download our handy PDF guide!!!  Download

Want to see the Crazy Catch in action – take a look at some of our playlists on You Tube and get some great training ideas for your sport!!