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Athletic Training Baseball Wellness

We Talkin’ Bout Practice

February 19, 2018
First off, I hope everyone recognizes the title as the famous Allen Iverson quote (The Practice Rant Interview-skip to the 25 second mark) and not poor grammar on my part.   Second, one of the biggest surprises I’ve run in to since diving into the “travel ball scene” is how practice is looked at…in an optional way.   Practicing your craft is the single most important thing you can do right now for your baseball career, regardless of your age.    I know a lot of you are playing other sports, have school work, and other miscellaneous  activities that make attending practices tougher during this time of the year, but so do many other players that do make time to get to practice.   What you do with your time is what your priorities really are. Not what you say, what you do. Plain and simple.   If your baseball career is a priority to you, then you find a way to practice, regardless of how “inconvenient” it may be.    You’d be shocked at how much better you can get by dedicating an hour each day to this game. Put down the video games. Turn off the TV. Instagram will be there when you’re done.   Take pride in getting a little better each day. Practice. Be obsessed.   Ken Spangenberg Director of Teams Maplezone Sports Institute
Athletic Training Baseball Wellness

Defining the Grind

February 12, 2018
Maybe it’s the ability to post things on social media or maybe it’s just the climate of today’s game, but it seems like everyone claims to “work hard” or “grind” anymore.   Well, I have come up with a great litmus test to determine whether you are actually on “the grind” or not.   You ready!?!?!?   Ok here are the steps…   Step #1- Write everything that you have done to improve your game (this includes your academics and development as a man) this week.   Step #2- Write everything that you SHOULD have done this week to improve your game that you didn’t.   Step #3- Write down why you DIDN’T do what you should have done to improve your game.   Step #4- Now imagine handing that paper in to the schools that you WANT to recruit you.   Step #5- Reflect.   Did that piece of paper that you gave those schools help you or hurt you?    If it helped you, than you are doing what you need to be doing. Keep doing it.   If it hurt you, than it’s time to determine just how bad you really want to play in college. Step it up.   If you are trying to play baseball in college, you need to realize that everyone works hard. Everyone practices hard. Everyone does extra work. This doesn’t make you special. This doesn’t mean you deserve a scholarship.    Are you making the appropriate sacrifices to be elite or are you just following the herd?   One route will get you what you want and the other route will get you throw into the same category as thousands of other hopeful players.   Take action or start praying. The option is yours. Be obsessed.   Ken Spangenberg Director of Teams Maplezone Sports Institute
Athletic Training Baseball Wellness

Super Bowl Take Away

February 7, 2018
First off, I am not an Eagles fan. But between going to college in Philly and then coming back to the city for work a few years later,  I have lived here for almost half of my life…so I was rooting for the Eagles last night.   But I’m not here to relive last night. I’m here to point out something that we really should take note of and that’s Nick Foles. He came through in a huge way for the Eagles after their franchise quarterback went down with an injury…heck, he was the Super Bowl MVP!   Where did Foles spend a lot of his time this year? Yep, you guessed it…the bench! Did he complain about playing time? Did he stop working on improving? Did he become a bad teammate? Did he demand to be traded? No, he did none of those things, in fact, he did the opposite. He worked hard, excelled in the role his team needed him in, and was a great teammate.    And guess what? When he was called upon to start, he was ready to help his team in a larger role. Foles was ready.   Why is this important for you? Because you need to realize that playing time isn’t the end all be all for you right now.    Getting better is.   Whether you’re the best player on the team or the worst right now, it doesn’t matter either way. What matters is that you are a better player today than you were yesterday. And you repeat that cycle daily   Don’t let playing time affect your work ethic or passion. If you work hard (and I am exceptionally hard), playing time will come. And you’ll be ready, just like Nick Foles. Be obsessed.   PS-Let’s not forget that Tom Brady struggled to play on just about every team he was ever on until he reached the NFL (and the only reason he started playing then was due to an injury). Look at him now.   Ken Spangenberg Director of Teams Maplezone Sports Institute
Athletic Training Baseball Wellness

Trout, Jordan, and Manning

November 8, 2017
For the first time in my baseball career, I’ve been able to sit back and actually watch a lot of baseball this year instead of actually being on the field or in the cage. It’s a much different perspective and it has definitely been helpful in my maturation as a coach to be able to experience the game from a new point of view. My biggest take away from this different angle is how players react to being coached. Some players see it as a positive and some see it as a negative. Care to guess how the elite player sees it? Hmmmm… Negative Feedback is NOT Failure So many players (and people in general) see negative feedback as an attack, as a fact that cannot be changed, as someone telling them that they suck and there’s nothing they can do about it. When in reality, it’s completely the opposite (check out Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset-game changer!). Learning about our deficiencies and craving feedback is what separates the bad, the good, and the elite. The best players I have ever worked with or read about (Mike Trout, Michael Jordan, and Peyton Manning are very outspoken about how much they love being coached…solid list right?) want to know what they did wrong so they can do it better next time. They don’t need to hear how good they are because they already know! They are confident enough in themselves that the negative feedback they receive is nothing more than an indicator that they need to focus more on that specific skill. The elite player doesn’t take it personally. He absorb the information and moves on.  “Oh I’m not good at that? I didn’t know. Well, just watch coach, I WILL be.” is their inner monologue. The average player slumps their shoulders, ignore it, or give the old “yeah, but coach…” when they are given negative feedback. Their inner monologue greatly differs from the elite player, in that he’s thinking, “this guy hates me”, “I suck”, “he doesn’t know what he’s talking about”, or “he’s an a-hole”. The elite player knows that failure isn’t permanent! It’s all in HIS control, he is CONFIDENT enough in himself, and DRIVEN enough to change it. Buying into the “growth” mindset will change your career. Making an out will no longer be a negative thing…it’s simply feedback. Hearing something critical about your game will no longer be an insult…it’s simply feedback. Not getting a D1 scholarship will no longer be career ending…it’s simply feedback. So next time a coach COACHES you, don’t take it as an insult. It’s actually quite the opposite…he cares enough about you to tell you the truth. Seek out the honest truth. Absorb it. Make an adjustment. Then do it again. Be obsessed. Ken Spangenberg Director of Teams Maplezone Sports Institute


Maggie is great! She is unbelievably supportive and very knowledgeable, explains things great & my daughter just adores her!

Dianna Valvardi, MSI Parent

Dalton, my wife and I are really happy with the whole experience we had. We really liked Coach Stumpo and what he was saying. My son was all smiles and talked about his lesson the rest of the night. We are DEFINITELY coming back. I have to tell you that my son seemed invigorated about baseball again.

Chris Sweeney, MSI Parent

We are grateful for the experience that Ethan is getting and appreciate all you and the other coaches do for the kids. You guys are very good with the kids run a great program.

Crissi, MSI Parent

We just wanted to thank you for all your help with Jonathan. Today on Super Bowl Sunday Jonathan verbally committed to the Golden Rams of West Chester. Their coach was very excited about his commitment and sees him as one of his top guys for the next four years. The MuckDawgs program has been a great experience for Jonathan right from day one, verses where we came from. Jonathan has worked hard right from the start when you told him to fill out his jersey. You have given him the tools he needs to be successful on the field and in life. We are very thankful for all your help!

Alan & Gretchen, MSI Parents

Brooke is throwing her change-ups and they are working big time! The girls were way ahead of the pitch. Brooke could not stop smiling!
Nice work coach!

Scott, MSI Parent

Thanks for putting on a great clinic and for the hospitality of Maple Zone.
Max is benefitting greatly. He was very excited to have gotten 2 FO wins using the fish hook technique the other night. It is great stuff. You are turning him into a student of the game and have opened up a new world to him.
Great job and thanks again.

Mark, MSI Parent

I wanted to thank you again for putting on a great winter lacrosse league. This was our first year in your league, and it was the best winter league we have played. We will definitely be participating next year.

Jeff, MSI Parent

Service at Maple Zone scheduling the appointment was excellent. Dan is doing a great job instructing Tim on hitting. Tim is very happy to have Dan as an instructor and we’ll be back again scheduling more appointments with Dan soon. Tim has been going to Maple Zone for several years and we are very happy with the services.

Joe , MSI Parent

The instruction and guidance offered to Michael by Corey during a batting session is truly appreciated. Just to see Michael’s expression when he gets that “ha-ha” moment after Corey improves his swing or stance is priceless. Everyone at MSI is truly wonderful. Please convey my Thank you!

Teresa Eze , MSI Parent

We couldn’t be happier, Rizz is a great instructor!

Tom Gartland, MSI Parent

Things are going great. Our 10 year old is really learning a lot. Matt is wonderful and my son really likes him. We’ve been to a few places before. This has been our best experience.

, MSI Parent

My son Ryan Beyer just completed his 8th pitching lesson with Todd Rizzo last Thursday, and I just wanted you to know how much Todd did to help Ryan improve. I was really impressed with how Coach Rizzo explained things to Ryan in an adult way, but a style that was easy for a kid to understand. He gave Ryan a lot of confidence and re-assurance as to his delivery mechanics and his abilities. I have to say that I was amazed and impressed by Coach Rizzos ability to spot even the smallest mechanical flaw and explain how it impacted his pitches in both location and velocity. Ryan has a pretty decent arm for a 10 year old kid, but last year, he really struggled with his control. He used to walk more than he struck out. This year, his first game at BYC, he threw 33 pitches, 28 of them were strikes, and he struck out the first 9 guys he faced. Needless to say, he was walking around on 3 feet of air after the game. I’ve never seen my son so happy and proud. So, I just wanted to let you know, since you are the general manager of MSI, that Todd did an outstanding job with my son. Cant say enough good things about the guy!! The lessons were super helpful and effective. Thanks

, Brad Beyer

Chris, Just wanted to say you did a hell of a job getting everybody 3 pool play games. I’m sure it was a scheduling nightmare. That’s why you’re the best!!

, Tom Hunter

Andrew did a great job with Daniel, he really liked his lesson. We will be putting him on schedule for lesson every week till the start of the season in March.

Paul Jacobs, MSI Parent

Coach Ty is an amazing coach. He provides great insight to the game inside the game. He develops the player physically as well as mentally. My son has been going to Coach Ty for years. I am amazed how much knowledge he has about the game as well as his demands in each session. He is the main reason why we have joined the MSI Team this year.

Dexter Felder, MSI Parent