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!”

What makes Crazy Catch, the Ultimate Rebound Net, award winning?? Read our top 5 reasons…

Crazy Catch, the Ultimate Rebound net has recently scooped “Most Innovative Product” at the Sports Trade Awards 2014 as voted by the UK Sports Trade (Read More) We might be biased but we think the Crazy Catch is a truly amazing product and so here is our top 5 reasons why Crazy Catch is in a league of its own ….

The Crazy Catch Double Trouble range

 

  1. It’s totally INSANE – The quality of the Crazy Catch range is what sets it apart from other rebound nets on the market AND we have our unique patented INSANE net technology. To cut a long story short a sheep farmer in New Zealand who invented Crazy Catch discovered that when 2 sheets of netting overlap that a ball rebounds at all different, crazy angles. This is what makes the Crazy Catch so different and means it really tests your reactions and speed whilst being super fun! There is the SANE side too which is great for repetition training or if you don’t want so much craziness.
  2. It’s versatile – The number of uses for Crazy Catch is endless. Its suitable for all ages and abilities and pretty much any sport that requires reactions… more on that later! The adjustable bar means you can alter the angle and its lightweight and portable so you can easily move it around in training sessions.
  3. It will improve your game, whatever your sport – Crazy Catch is used and loved by many top international athletes and professional teams including the England Cricket Team, St Georges Park, England Netball, Olympic Silver medallist Nathan Robertson, Maddie Hinch and the GB men’s and women’s Hockey teams and various premiership Rugby sides. We have tons of ideas and drill suggestions on our You Tube channel so for inspiration do take a look. The few benefits that the product will provide would include faster reactions, increased speed and agility, first touch and control in sports like football and hockey, hand eye co-ordination and catching skills in cricket.
  4. The hidden benefits – There are a couple of hidden benefits too as pointed out by some leading sports professionals and academics. Firstly leading eye specialist have been using Crazy Catch to improve and train vision performance. The eye is a powerful muscle which needs to be trained like any other one as outlined by the work of Dr Zoe Wimshurst. Using the Crazy Catch is great for improving peripheral vision which in turn helps you to see more in the game. Its the small improvements that at the top level can make all the difference – plus its great for injury rehab and keeping your mind active. We also supply Crazy Catch to a number of schools, its a great way to teach kids how to catch and develop their physical literacy skills. (See our Sporty Mites videos)
  5. The fun factor - Crazy Catch is also a great product for the home and encourages kids to be outside playing. It really does provide hours of fun! Plus the Crazy Catch comes with an activity pack and stopwatch so you can do the one minute challenge and lots of other fun games which are great to play with your friends and family.

Buying Advice – If you play Cricket or Hockey we recommend the Crazy Catch Classic range, but if you prefer sports like football and netball, the Double Troubles would be best for you – these have larger netting on one side so even with a larger ball there is still a totally INSANE rebound. (Which is the right Crazy Catch for me?) 

Crazy Catch is available to buy from a number of leading sports equipment retailers… take a look online

 

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 – July 2014

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.

Maddie Hinch: England’s Number 1.

Kate Costin:

Take a look at England’s number 1 goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch, in training

Originally posted on The Top of the D:

Without doubt, one of the stars of the England set up since the London Olympics has been goalkeeper Maddie Hinch. The Holcombe stopper has won goalkeeper of the tournament in three competitions over the last 18 months and has carved herself a reputation as a formidable foe in the new style penalty shootouts as well as being regarded as one of the finest keepers in the women’s game.

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Northants CC recognise local “Crazy Catch” Champion

Northants CC will be recognising the world class catching talents of Moulton College student Stefan Vass at their next T20 Blast game on Friday 11th July at the County Ground. Stefan recently won the U17 category in the global catching competition, the Crazy Catch 1 minute challenge.

The addictive 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 from a distance of 2 metres. It sounds easy but trust us its not as the rebounds are completely random which tests your hand-eye co-ordination, agility skills and concentration . Stefan’s top official score in the competition was 70 which was a match for most adults around the world whilst his best recorded score is actually 78 in this video below however its an unofficial score as he used 2 balls at a time which was not allowed within the competition rules.

As a badminton player, Stefan has developed lightening quick reactions and he practices rigorously in his back garden at home also showcasing his talents at corporate events with Crazy Catch including here taking on former England Cricketer Alex Tudor at a Chance 2 Shine fundraising event.

Stefan takes on Alex Tudor

Stefan takes on Alex Tudor

Stefan will receive his prize, a cheque for $250 USD, out in the middle ahead of the toss for the Steelbacks v Derbyshire game on the 11th July and he will be on hand in the interactive area throughout the game to take the one minute challenge against any willing volunteers. Come along and have a go yourself (there is a prize for the best score on the night!) and offer your congratulations to our catching champion.

Sports Trade votes Crazy Catch as “Most Innovative Product”

Crazy Catch, The Ultimate Rebound Net, distributed by Flicx UK, won a prestigious Sports Trade Award this Sunday night in the category of “Most Innovative Product”.

The Sports Trade Awards returned for its second year, with a glittering gala dinner and ceremony at the Four Pillars Hotel in Gloucestershire. A great evening was had by all, with major industry names gathering to celebrate the hard work and success of outstanding individuals and businesses in the sector.

The Crazy Catch beat off competition from Adidas (Boost Technology), Aftershokz (Bluez 2), Pelham & Strutt (Sport Long Sleeve) and our sister brand RESPONSEBALL to the “Most Innovative product” award after being voted highly commended in the same category last year.

Speaking about the accolade Managing Director Richard Beghin who accepted the award on behalf of the Flicx UK team said “We are absolutely delighted to win this Sports Trade Award. As a company we pride ourselves on the quality of our innovative products and we were so pleased to have Crazy Catch and RESPONSEBALL placed in the top 5 this year! We would like to thank all our retailers and everyone who voted for their support”.

For more information on Crazy Catch please visit the website or contact Gary Luke on 01295 816765 for more information on becoming a stockist.