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Dropping Out of School

June 25, 2019
Baseball is a very, very hard game…but it’s still a game!    The only way to survive a sport where going 3 for 10 is considered successful is to have fun failing! Yes, you read that right.   How do we accomplish those two things (fun and failing) at the same time?   Simple (in theory, but really tough to execute). It’s all about how we frame “failure”. Here’s a couple examples of what I think failure is…. Dropping out of school. Stealing from your parents. Vandalizing your neighbor’s car. Now let’s look at some things that you may have considered “failure” in the past… Striking out. Making an error. Losing a game. Compare those two lists. Is what happened to you on the field this past weekend REALLY failure? I bet it’s not, but that’s totally up to you.   Challenge yourself to have fun this week on the field, regardless of immediate results. Fly around. Get dirty. Play the game hard. Have FUN.   Once you learn to properly frame “failure”, this game will get easier. Making an error isn’t failure. It’s baseball. Learn from it and enjoy working to improve so you make that play the next time. Be obsessed.   Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute
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Heart Surgery

June 19, 2019
Heart Surgery   Did you know that the way that heart surgeons train to become heart surgeons is to only perform live operations? They don’t go to school to learn about the body, the heart, and surgery techniques. They don’t practice “simple”, smaller skills that are used during their surgeries. They don’t spend years upon years of their career learning about their craft before doing anything “live”.   Hmm now that doesn’t sound completely right does it?   Because it’s not! They spend an absolute insane amount of time LEARNING and PRACTICING before getting to do the real thing.   How can we apply this to baseball? Simple. The priority should not be play in X amount of games this year…it should be to develop! And just playing games will NOT accomplish this.   Just like a surgeon, a player needs to practice…needs to train…needs to develop.   Don’t worry about playing 60 games this summer. Worry about getting better. Worry about improving your swing. Worry about becoming a better athlete. Worry about improving your arm strength/healthy.   Worry about developing a skill set that plays at the next level and not just one that “works” on Saturday.   Games are the surgery. We need to prepare for them rather than use them to prepare. Be obsessed.   Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute
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What To Pay Attention To

June 19, 2019
What To Pay Attention To   So I’ve become a big podcast/audiobook guy…I have a long commute to work and that’s how I pass the time.    As I hit play on a new podcast recommended to me by a friend, I am floored by the opening line…   “I believe you only pay attention to those problems you can solve. If you’re not actively working to solve the problem, then all you’re doing is gossiping and complaining.” -Steven Kotler   Now this podcast has absolutely zero to directly do with baseball, but how applicable is this quote to the game?   We have a finite amount of TIME and energy each day. How much of that time and energy do we spend on solving problems compared to gossiping and complaining?   Unfortunately, I think that ratio is out of whack for a lot of people (and I am certainly someone that fell into that category at a point of my life).   So your umpire stunk Saturday and made a couple of bad calls…are you going to spend thirty minutes and some of your energy complaining about it or will you spend your valuable time on learning from the game, practicing your craft, or even just enjoying time with your friends?   Any of those options are more productive options than complaining about something you can’t control!   Here’s another example…so you’re going to play a DH in some pretty brutal heat tomorrow. You can either let the heat beat you by complaining or you can hydrate, eat healthy, wear sunscreen, and enjoy the challenge of playing in uncomfortable conditions.   A problem isn’t a problem if you can do anything about it. Spend your precious time and energy on actionable items, not on gossiping or complaining. You’ll surprise yourself with how quickly your perspective will change. Be obsessed.   Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute

Opening Day Mentality

June 19, 2019
Opening Day Mentality   Why is Opening Day such a fun day?    A massive reason is because we don’t have a record or stats weighing us down.   We aren’t thinking that we need to go at least 2 for 4 to get our batting average back up over .400.   We aren’t worried about the game we lost yesterday and being the #6 seed today.   Opening Day is exciting. It’s fun. It’s baseball!   Now here’s my question to you…why can’t every day be opening day? Why can’t every game feel like the first game of the season? No stats…no record…just pure excitement getting to step on the field and COMPETE!   Hint-there’s not any reason why it can’t be! It’s completely a choice for you to make daily. It certainly not always an easy one to consistently make, but non the less, a choice that’s 100% under your control!   Stats are history. Records are history. Live in the present. Compete in the present. Show up to the field with an Opening Day mentality and watch the difference in your game. Be obsessed.   Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute


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Crissi, MSI Parent

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Nice work coach!

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Teresa Eze, MSI Parent

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Tom Hunter, MSI Tournament Client

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Edwin Lee, Goldey-Beacom College 1B/OF

Our MSI experience has been amazing. My daughter is about to start her 3rd year of softball. Michelle has been incredible with her. She is very new to catching and her first 2 lessons have helped her gain some confidence. She is so excited for her next lesson! We will definitely continue with lessons and clinics.

Julie Bossler, MSI Lesson Client

I cannot say more about how wonderful Cory is with my son!! He has made such a positive impact on my son’s hitting and is always kind and respectful of him. I constantly recommend him to my many baseball mom friends!!!

Julie McHugh, MSI Lesson Client

My son Cole raved about his experience with Carlos. This is his first year in little league and he has been very intimidated with batting. We are hoping the lessons will give him more skill and confidence so he can enjoy his experience to the fullest. So far, things seem great.

Lori Captain, MSI Lesson Client

Nick did a great job instructing my son Patrick. He took the time to teach him the proper mechanics and build his confidence at the same time… I was very impressed with Nicks ability to get through to my son and get him to respond much better than I could.

Rick Godfrey, MSI Lesson Client

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Ian McDonald, MSI Lesson Client

Great lesson with Cory last night. My son responded to the couple flaws Cory picked up quickly. He hasn’t listened to me in 15yrs but listened to Cory in 30 min.
Thank you.

Stan Ciesielka, MSI Lesson Client

Chris, I wanted to compliment you, your staff and your location. This was my first visit to your facility and I was very impressed. I have played in dozens of venues on the east coast and our experience this weekend was one of my most enjoyable. The umpires, staff and facility were A+, and we as an organization can’t wait to come back in July! The competition was strong in the playoffs and we look forward to playing many tournaments in the future. I will be spreading the word here in CT about your facility for 12U and up! Thanks again,

Bill Granata, MSI Baseball Tournament Client