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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


WATCH “Catches Win Matches” with James Taylor

Crazy Catch, the Ultimate Rebound Net, is delighted to launch a brand new video “Catches Win Matches” featuring James Taylor who was responsible for two amazing catches for England on day three of the third Test at the Wanderers against South Africa which swung the match and series England’s way. It was calculated that James reacted in 0.417 seconds to dismiss Hashim Amla off Stuart Broad!!.

Be your teams fielding hero & take your skills to the next level this summer with fun drills that are great for clubs or for you to practice at home alone. The Ultimate Rebound Net for cricket has one SANE and one totally INSANE side which is unique to Crazy Catch nets and sets us apart as the number one cricket training aid.

For more on the campaign, be sure to follow James and Crazy Catch on social media (Facebook and Instagram too) OR for behind the scene’s content take a look at Pro Direct Cricket

#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.

Brilliant fielding is catching on … with the World Cup looming, Chris Taylor says “England are improving”

The ICC World Cup 2015 tournament gets under way at the weekend and fielding is likely to be a major factor in the results of some of the matches.

And Eoin Morgan’s England team have looked sharp in the field of late, dropping just four catches in the recent Tri-series and taking all their opportunities during Monday’s nine-wicket thrashing of the West Indies in a warm-up match.

Taylor is happy with how the side are performing in the field ahead of Saturday’s eagerly-awaited clash with Australia.

England fielding coach, Chris Taylor

England fielding coach, Chris Taylor

“We certainly need to improve and we are steadily improving,” said the former Gloucestershire man on Tuesday. We’re very pleased. The general mood in the camp is that we have improved, and we are every day. Yesterday’s performance was a key one for us, we took all our chances again. We took some good chances there.”

“The Big Bash final the other day was lost on a fielding error. The margins in international sport are getting smaller and smaller, so any area we can improve we’re desperate to do it.”
Chris Taylor

“There’s been an improvement since Sri Lanka and, going into the World Cup, we feel that we’re in the right place at the moment. If you look at any iconic games or Test series, those catches, those are what you remember, the run-out opportunities are what you remember. The Big Bash final the other day was lost on a fielding error. The margins in international sport are getting smaller and smaller, so any area we can improve we’re desperate to do it.”

Taylor says England coach Peter Moores and his assistant Paul Farbrace are also passionate about improving the team’s fielding…

“We actively review it just as much as we do our batting and bowling and we feel it can have an impact on the game, those game-changing moments,” he said.

“It’s made my job 10 times more easy. Mooresy is very passionate about fielding, as is Farby. They see the importance.”

Chris Taylor: England’s improved fielding could help them go further than expected at the World Cup. “Every team they have coached before, it has been their role to run the fielding. We’re over-staffed in many ways because we’ve got Mooresy and myself and Farby, all with a keen interest in that side of the game. “It makes reviewing interesting because we share a lot of ideas.”

Taylor, who took over as England fielding coach at the start of last summer, is featured in this fielding master-class video from the Shropshire Cricket Board using the Crazy Catch in his session … the product has been well loved by England players and coaches over the years.



Top 10 reasons why Crazy Catch is the Ultimate Christmas Present!

Christmas is only just over a month away now and our Crazy Catches have been selling super  fast amongst our network of top sports retailers. If you don’t know very much about our brilliantly bouncy rebound net and how you can use it to improve your game then check out our top 10 blog …

Christmas Gift Idea

Christmas Gift Idea

1. It’s Fun for all the Family

The Crazy Catch provides hours of family fun at home or endless numbers of training drills for sports teams. Once you have a go, you will want one and even your granny will get hooked!! Play inside or outside (just keep the fine china in the cupboard!)

2. The netting is so unique; it’s INSANE and springy

Crazy Catch is the market leader in rebound nets… ours are the very best you can buy! A very clever sheep farmer in New Zealand developed our unique INSANE net which makes the ball rebound off the net at all kinds of angles. Its a great way to improve your catching, or working on your reactions or just play some great games with your friends.

3. Whatever your sport, Improve your game

Crazy Catch can be used for pretty much every sport including Cricket, Football, Netball, Hockey and Rugby. Even if you can’t physically use the net for training eg- Badminton or Boxing, then you can improve your speed and agility, reactions, hand eye co-ordination, vision performance and injury rehabilitation with Crazy Catch. They are also great coaching aids for goalkeepers.

4. Used by top professional athletes

Crazy Catch is used by top international teams and professional athletes for example the England Cricket team,  the GB Men’s hockey team, Nathan Robertson (Olympic Silver Medalist), the England Women’s Netball team, Kelly Smith and they are available at the FA’s new HQ St Georges Park (see the photos)

5. Pick your perfect size

Introducing… The Freestyle, The Upstart, The Wildchild and The Professional …

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6. Classic range or Double Trouble – you decide!

Our classic range has small single netting on one side (SANE) and small INSANE netting on the other making them perfect for small ball sports like Cricket and Hockey.

Our double trouble range have small INSANE netting on one side but large INSANE netting on the other side which mean they are perfect for Football, Netball and Rugby. NB- A large ball will behave fairly normally on the INSANE small netting so that is great for repetition drills.

7. Portable and Adjustable

The Upstart, Wildchild and Professionals all have adjustable bars along the bottom so you can vary the angle of the rebound so you can have the ball popping up high in the air, or much lower towards the ground. They are lightweight and easy to carry so you can move them around during your session. The Professional also has the added benefit of clipping together horizontally and vertically and of course the frames themselves are strong and sturdy so will last you years.

8. What’s included?

The Crazy Catch Freestyle comes with a carry bag and handles (its very quick and easy to assemble). The Upstart and Wildchild’s both include a carry bag, vision ball, stopwatch and activity pack and come assembled. The Professional comes in a box and includes a vision ball, stopwatch and activity pack 🙂

9. Great for Christmas

We know from Santa himself that Crazy Catch is the Ultimate Christmas Present this year – everyone wants one, so don’t miss out, order yours today!!

10.  See for yourself…

Check out the Crazy Catch in action on You Tube and see what makes Crazy Catch, The Ultimate Rebound Net and how you can improve your skills!!!

Sports Awards Shortlist!

Crazy Catch are pleased to announce that after the voting process, we have been shortlisted for the Sports Trade Awards 2013 in the category MOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCT. We line up alongside…

  •     Crazy Catch Freestyle
  •     Skechers GOrun2
  •     Aqua Sphere Eagle Goggle#
  •     AfterShokz Open Ear Sport Headphones
  •     Hi-Tec Zuuk


The Sports Trade Award results, run by SGB Magazine will be announced on Sunday 7th July #fingerscrossed. Click Here to see all the 2013 award categories and finalists in full. The Crazy Catch Freestyle also appeared recently in a photo on the Sky Sports Cricket page – in a fielding session being set out by England coach Richard Halsall

England Fielding session captured by Sky Sports

England Fielding session captured by Sky Sports