Tag Archives: England Hockey

2 Ball Drill | Maddie Hinch competition entries…

Maddie Hinch and Crazy Catch have teamed up for England Hockey’s Goalkeeping week to launch a new competition to win a Crazy Catch Wildchild and one of Maddie’s Ritual sticks! All you need to do is post your own 2 ball drill – something like this…

To enter you just need to post your video clip on social and tag @MaddieHinch and @CrazyCatchUK … We will post all the entries received on this blog post so you can get even more ideas for your next goalkeeping session or appreciate some of the top saves! #GKLOVE Please note the deadline for entries is Tuesday 28th February. Good Luck


Maddie Hinch : Selected in the GB Hockey squad for Rio!

Congratulations to our new Crazy Catch ambassador Maddie Hinch who has been selected in the GB Hockey squad for Rio this summer. Maddie is one of 16 players who will make the trip to Brazil along with 3 reserves. This is a first Olympic games for Maddie and our new video shows some of the training that she has been putting in with Crazy Catch to help take her game to the next level.

Train INSANE or remain the same is all about pushing yourself in training so that in the biggest games, against the best opponents, you are at your best and can make those match winning saves. Maddie is one of the world’s top goalkeepers and is a current European gold medallist … she and the rest of the team are sure to leave no stone un-turned in their preparation for the tournament this summer. The women’s competition is sure to be fascinating with a number of nations on their day, able to win gold. GB find themselves in pool B alongside India, Japan, USA, Australia and Argentina, who were crowned Champions Trophy winners at Lee Valley last weekend.

Keep following Crazy Catch over the summer for lots of new video content with Maddie and we wish her lots of luck for the summer … be sure to tune in and give the girls all your support.

A case study from a leading hockey coach – MT13 & Crazy Catch

Leading hockey coaching provider¬†MT13 offers fun and innovative Coach Education Courses, 1 – 1 Tuition, Residential / 2 Day Coaching Camps and Coaching Clinics.¬†The company was founded, by ex England International Matt Taylor (MT) who also is the Director of Hockey at Beeston Hockey Club who are considered one of the best teams in the country and in recent years have been one of the most successful … being reigning NOW Pensions Men’s Hockey league champions with a number of their stars in the international set up.

Matt Taylor was introduced to Crazy Catch a few years ago now and uses them across the spectrum of players that he coaches for a wide variety of purposes.  For outfield players Crazy Catch adds an element of unpredictability into training sessions as well as improving a wide variety of core skills as you can see in this video feature GB + England captain Barry Middleton using the ultimate rebound net to improve his close up finishing.

Speaking about the product which is available to buy from leading hockey retailer Matt said “Crazy Catch products transform any drill. The fun element is¬†obvious but more importantly they help sharpen players reactions and allow players to replicate rebound situations in a controlled and safe manner. A must for any coach! ”

The Crazy Catch Classic range for hockey is available in 4 sizes including our newest handheld model called the Freestyle (orange) which is a great coaching aid.

Click the image to watch our video featuring Maddie Hinch – Not Giving In


Maddie Hinch looks ahead to the Commonwealth Games (ActivInstinct Interview)

It takes a special kind of bravery and skill to put yourself in the line of fire when it comes to having hockey balls hit at you with the pace and venom a top international player is capable of. Maddie Hinch has proven to be a huge asset to the GB and England side in this department with the kind of athletic saves that few goalkeepers are capable of. ActivInstinct magazine¬†spoke to Maddie about the England team’s plans for the Commonwealth games later this month, her strenghts as a goalkeeper and the pressure of being the last line of defence¬†…

Have you always played Goalkeeper? What made you decide to play in this position? 

Yes I have always been in goal. I joined a school when I was 12 and after playing for the school rounders team my coach said that I was very over dramatic and constantly throwing myself around the field so she suggested I would suit the position of a hockey goalkeeper perfectky and it just took off from there!

Do you feel a heightened sense of pressure being the teams last line of defence? 

I suppose I do, but I also try to remember that I am part of a team and it has to get through everyone else before it gets to me. Its very each in goalkeeeping to be too hard on yourself as ultimately a mistake normally results in a goal!

Is playing for Team GB in Rio 2016 your main long term objective at this point? 

Yes, my ultimate goal in my career is to play at an Olympic Games and win an Olympic medal however there are so many other big tournaments during the Olympic cycle that I aspire to play in. The World Cup was one which I have just come back from and the Commonwealth Games is another which I have coming up. I like to focus on each tournament one at a time and not think too far ahead.

How has the England team reacted to the results at the World Cup and what’s the strategy to turn things around?¬†

We are all absolutely devastated about how the World Cup went for us and at the minute the memories are still very raw, however with another big tournament coming up so soon, we haven’t had time to dwell on it and instead we have had to quickly reflect on what we need to do better. Our strategy over the next few training weeks is too get back to enjoying playing and get our confidence back. The tournament hasn’t defined us and we know we are more than capable of winning medals so we will be spending a lot of time reflecting on the good times. I am already looking forward to getting back out there and putting things right.

What is the teams approach for the Commonwealth Games, focus on winning gold or take things match by match?  We have always been a side that looks to approach tournaments one game at a time and this tournament will be no different, however we will have an overall tournament goal which will be discussed as a side when we get out to Glasgow.

Which teams do you think will be the main medal contenders at the games?¬† On the back of the World Cup Ii think New Zealand will certainly be pushing for medals and Australia’s form over the last 12 months has been excellent, so I feel they will be right up there.

In what ways has the Crazy Catch equipment helped you to evolve your goalkeeping techniques?¬† With the equipment being so easy to use it has meant I have been able to get people to help during my training sessions with feeding balls and having a couple of nets at home I am able to work on hand-eye drills out of my kit in the garden. Plus it’s a lot of fun when it gets competitive with my housemates! I like the element of randomness the Crazy Catch nets create which constantly keeps me on my toes. In a pre-tournament phase I find the nets excellent for sharpening work and when working on specific techniques, the balls can be fed off the nets accurately making the sessions easy to set-up.

Download a PDF of the ActivInstinct interview in full here¬†ActivInstinct Magazine ‚Äď July 2014

#RHWC2014 – Maddie Hinch and Crazy Catch are “Not Giving In”

Crazy Catch are delighted to launch our new #RHWC2014 video “Not Giving In” staring England & GB Women’s goalkeeper Maddie Hinch. The video profiles the Crazy Catch range for hockey made up of the Professional Classic, Wildchild Classic, Upstart Classic and the new handheld Freestyle … Not only are these high quality rebound nets great fun to use, they also help goalies develop their speed and agility, enabling them to improve their reactions and pull off some of the outstanding saves demonstrated by Maddie.

The products have infinite uses and are also increasingly used by outfield players to improve their first touch and receiving skills as well as 3D skills, deflections and rebounds. The video was shot at Bisham Abbey using a mixture of static and Go Pro camera’s which allow you to see the save through the eyes of the keeper and gain a real appreciation for the completely INSANE rebounds unique to Crazy Catch – The Ultimate Rebound Net.

Crazy Catch is available from all leading hockey retailers … Get yours ahead of the new season!

Family Fun with Crazy Catch at Sport Fest 2013

Crazy Catch were honoured to be part of the 1st ever SportFest held recently at Wormsley Cricket ground which was the brain child of England rugby legends Will Greenwood and Austin Healey and the team at Super Skills Experiences.

SportFest is a celebration of family fun and sport where you can camp out in the beautiful Wormsley Estate, and enjoy coaching with sporting legends, music, great food and competitions. Crazy Catch were delighted to be invited by Gary Johnson owner of Hurricane Sports ,who were running the Hockey Zone, to bring the Ultimate Rebound Net along and run a series of drills and fun games. These hockey drills focused on control, first touch, 3d skills and aerials in addition to popular games you can play with Crazy Catch such as Crazy Ball and the 1 minute challege. Great fun was had by all including Austin Healey who joined the parents match and Gold Medal winning Olympian Kath Grainer who famously supported the GB Hockey squads in London after her triumphant success at Eton Dorney.

In addition the Crazy Catch Freestyle was used in the Cricket Zone by Mark Garaway and guest coach Dean Headley. Other famous faces at the end included Martin Johnson, Andrew Strauss, and Tim Henman and even the rain couldn’t dampen spirits with everyone enjoying all the sports and entertainment on offer. We look forward to Sport Fest 2014 and working more in the future with the great “Hockey Maker” team at Hurricane Sports. To see what fun you missed out on do check out the event video below !!!

One Hockey link up with Crazy Catch

One Hockey provides top quality hockey coaching to all those players looking to improve and progress.One Hockey is run by Simon Lee and also features high profile international guest coaches including Emily Maguire and Darren Cheesman. Simon is an England Hockey Centrally Contacted Coach (CCC) and is also Head of Hockey at Northumbria University, coach to Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Ladies in the National League, and director of coaching at Kirkby Lonsdale Hockey Club.

In their February half term masterclass sessions, One Hockey product tested the Crazy Catch Freestyle with their goalkeepers under the guidance of¬†University¬†of Nottingham keeper Danny Crowther. Take a look at the gallery below showing the Freestyle being used improve reactions and reflexes. The verdict from the One Hockey coaches for newest “handheld” member of the Crazy Catch family was very positive …

“The Crazy Catch Freestyle has offered us the ability to tailor our coaching to the specific needs of a player on a more 1 to1 basis. It has also given players the ability to work within small groups at a high intensity, to work their balance, coordination and footwork” – Simon Lee

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Find out more about the upcoming One Hockey Clinic’s, Camps and Masterclasses on the One Hockey website or check them out on Facebook¬†