Tag Archives: Freestyle

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

How to use Crazy Catch to improve your hockey skills …

Great training aids in hockey are a rare commodity so Crazy Catch, the Ultimate Rebound Net, really breaks the mould, giving coaches the ability to recreate various match situations in training whilst adding unpredictability and developing reaction skills of athletes in all levels of the game.

Crazy Catch for Hockey at Millfield School

Crazy Catch for Hockey at Millfield School

Goalkeepers

Looking at a Crazy Catch you might be forgiven for not seeing past its use as a goalkeeper training aid. Top goalkeeper coaches worldwide such as Martijn Drijver, Graham Mansell-Grace, John Hurst and Jacques Le Roux to name but a few, have long been incorporating rebound nets into their programs to work on a range of reaction saves and creating unpredictability and chaos. These uses are shown in the recent video with England and GB star Maddie Hinch. The uniqueness of the Crazy Catches is the patented INSANE netting which means the ball pings off the net at very high intensity and the angles are completely randomly. The Crazy Catch adds fun to training and you can see on our You Tube channel just the huge numbers of possibilities in terms of drills.

Outfield Players

With the ball increasingly being played in the air in modern hockey, the Crazy Catch enables these 3D skills to be honed. Lifts, Dinks, Aerials, Deflections and volleys are all skills which can be developed by using the Crazy Catch – either on the SANE side for beginners or the INSANE side for the more advanced player. Forwards can improve their stick skills and reactions whilst defenders need to be able to deal with the ball in the air just as effectively so first touch and receiving techniques can also be practiced. We already know that the English champions Beeston are big fans of the product, as well as lots of other National League sides including Loughborough, Bedford and Leicester HC, as well as many top coaches working in the single system and coaching companies.

Additional benefits – Eye training, Speed and Agility, Injury Rehab etc etc

The Crazy Catch is a product where there are also numerous underlying benefits to its usage. Hand Eye co-ordination is improved as is peripheral eye training known as vision performance, which is formed which formed part of the GB men’s program pre London 2012. It makes perfect sense when you think about it, that the eye is a muscle which can be improved through training… the more of the game you can see the better the odds of making the goal making pass or making that last ditch interception. In other elite sports, we are seeing some great use of the product in terms of speed and agility training and also with injury rehabilitation… All of these elements plus the big fun factor (for kids of all ages!) make Crazy Catch a must have product for hockey clubs.

Crazy Catch is available in 4 sizes (Freestyle, Upstart, Wildchild and Professional) from all leading hockey retailers

Crazy Catch Classic Range

Crazy Catch Classic Range

The Crazy Catch World Cup Give-away – #NED v #ARG

We have a Crazy Catch Freestyle to give-away today in our #WorldCup semi final competition and if last nights 7-1 German victory over the hosts Brazil is anything to go by, the could have another cracking match on our hands as Robben takes on Messi.

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning our portable, fun, handheld Crazy Catch Freestyle is head over to Twitter and follow and RT our pinned post – see below before the end of the Netherlands v Argentina game this evening. 1 lucky winner will be chosen at random and announced on our social media platforms.

Sale Sharks pre-season training with Crazy Catch

Crazy Catch were delighted to travel to Carrington training base earlier this month to work with Aviva Premiership Rugby Union side Sale Sharks as their pre-season got into full swing. This video was created in partnership with Centurion Rugby who retail the Crazy Catch and supply Sale Sharks with training equipment.

The Crazy Catch was first associated with Rugby in the lead up to the 2003 World Cup where Sir Clive Woodward used innovative training methods to turn England into World Cup winners. This included using Dr Sherylle Calder, a vision and eye specialist to improve players vision. Calder used the Crazy Catch as a tool to improve eye tracking and peripheral vision and has subsequently worked with other leading sports stars to give them an edge including Ernie Els, the 2012 British Open Winner.

Now Rugby clubs are using the Crazy Catch to improve their reactions, hand eye co-ordination and also specific rugby skills such as handling, picking up a loose ball and you can see in the video above how fun training can be with the Ultimate Rebound Net. We are now getting lots of interest from professional rugby clubs and are supporting Leicester Tigers community roadshows and have recently supplied Connacht Rugby with a number of units to support their training programme for the new season. To see the Crazy Catch range and prices at Centurion Rugby click here

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Highly Commended in the Inaugural Sports Trade Awards

Flicx UK are delighted to announce that the Crazy Catch Freestyle was awarded “Highly Commended” (runner up) in the “Most Innovative Product” category at the Inaugural Sports Trade Awards last night at the Four Pillars Hotel in Gloucestershire.

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Frank van Wezel wins Lifetime Achievement

In the Most Innovative Product category, out of 5 finalists shortlist from all the nominations, the new handheld rebound reaction trainer, the Crazy Catch Freestyle was just pipped to the title by Aftershokz – Open Ear Sport Headphones. Other notable winners included Crazy Catch retailers Activ Instinct who won Best Online Retailer.

The Sports Trade Awards saw over 170 members of the industry celebrate award-winning products, people, retailers and services. Despite untypically British sweltering conditions, there was an electric atmosphere off the back of Andy Murray’s Wimbledon success, as the trade waited with baited breath to find out who had won in each category, with a voting process in which over 700 individuals had their say.

Further Information – The Sports Trade celebrates at inaugural Sports Awards! – Read the full list of 2013 Award winners and runners up (Click Here) or take a look at the official event photo’s here on Flickr (Click Here)

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