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The Panic Button

August 14, 2018
One common mistake I see in this game is players (and parents) hitting the panic button WAY too soon. One bad game, day, weekend, or even month doesn’t mean that you are all of a sudden bad. It just means that you’ve performed poorly. There is a difference! Tournament baseball is built to mess with our confidence (by accident)…it’s a lot of baseball in a short amount of time. One weekend can make us feel all sorts of emotions… anywhere from being on top of the world to being ready to hang it up for good. Don’t let it. Your baseball career is long. A tournament is not. Don’t gain or lose your confidence from last weekend’s GameChanger stats (also don’t get cocky and complacent from them if they’re good!). Now I’m not saying ignore the results (they can absolutely be telling), but make sure you are basing decisions on a big enough sample size. An MLB team isn’t going to offer a $200 million dollar contract off of one weekend so why would you allow yourself to get so down (or up) after one? Long term success in this game is about being insanely optimistic about the future while working your tail off in the present. Gain confidence from how hard you are work, not what your boxscore looks like. Don’t hit the panic button. Believe in yourself. Be obsessed. Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute
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The Toughest Soldier

August 9, 2018
So I’m a big morning workout fan. Sometimes that requires some pretty intense music to get the blood rushing that early…   On one particular morning last week, I was listening to some pretty awful rap music, but one lyric caught my attention, “You give your toughest soldiers the biggest tasks.”   This line really spoke to me because I feel that this is something that is actually the opposite of what a lot of people want, think, and even actively avoid if they can.   Instead of being open to a challenge, everyone wants the easy path (and all of the glory)…but unfortunately being elite doesn’t happen that way.   Challenges can come in many shapes and sizes. You could be on a weaker team and need to compete even when you’re not consistently winning. Your swing may feel a little “off”, but a college is coming out to see you. You might find yourself in a position to either go to the gym or hit snooze another time.  Heck, you might even find yourself on the bench (or a “B” team) and need to work your way off of it.    Achilles wasn’t sent to battle every armies’ worst solider…he was sent to battle the best one. Every time. It isn’t easy becoming elite and it isn’t easy staying elite.   Don’t run from tall tasks. Realize that the journey to the top is full of them. Being the “toughest soldier” sounds cool, but it comes from overcoming a great deal of obstacles. And yes, that sometimes means failing while trying to accomplish those obstacles. The good thing is, we aren’t actually soldiers so those failures aren’t fatal. Literally.   Embrace the biggest tasks. Don’t avoid them. Be obsessed. Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute

The Dreaded Lineup Card

August 9, 2018
Players, you all know that feeling when you’re walking up to the line-up card…unsure whether or not you’re playing…   Parents, I’m sure you are experiencing a similar feeling before the game…looking to pick up any signs to help you determine whether or not your son is playing…   Either way, I know that walking up to the line-up card and not seeing your name (or not seeing your son running out on the field) really stinks! We’ve all been there at one time or another so I’m certainly not going to try and convince you that it feels great by any means…   HOWEVER, I am going to challenge you to look at this tragedy differently. You ready?   Imagine thirteen of your best friends are all in one room. Now imagine you need to RANK them from one to nine, so everyone will know you feel about them! But worse yet, some of them won’t even get a ranking! How tough is that? How awkward is that? Is that a good feeling?   No it’s not! But that’s what coaches have to go through EVERY time they fill out a line-up card (which is often!). It’s certainly not easy to rank people, especially ones that you have a relationship with and care about.    Here’s the tough reality…this is LIFE. Not everyone gets to play shortstop. Not everyone gets to hit in the 3 hole. Just like everyone doesn’t get to be the boss at work. There are a limited amount of spots at the top in all aspects of life.   So instead of worrying or complaining about it, do something about it! Ask your coach what you need to do to get on that line-up card…then do it!    Coaches aren’t out to get you, they just have an unpopular job! Think about ranking your BFFE’s next time you’re ticked about your spot or lack there of on the line-up card.    It’s normal to be upset about not playing, I’m not saying don’t be a little upset about it in the moment. However, I am challenging you to DO something about it!    Complaining doesn’t solve problems. Neither does pointing the finger. Take action. Be accountable for yourself. Change the line-up card. Be obsessed.   PS-This analogy is something I first hear from Kyle Wagner. Not sure if he reads these or not, but thank you for sharing this concept with me!   Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute

Family Matters

July 25, 2018
This week was a rollercoaster of a week personally for me…it went from an unexpected funeral to a long awaited wedding. It was a reminder to me that the MOST important thing any of have is family. End of story. Family doesn’t need to be blood. To me, it’s simply the people you truly care about and vice versa. They can be labeled a friend, coworker, teammate, coach, parent, etc…it doesn’t matter how the relationship is formed. What matters is that it’s there. So what am I trying to say? Let’s take a step back and appreciate the people that we love. If you’re lucky enough to have a group of teammates that you would go to war for, make sure they know it. If you have a coach who genuinely cares about you, tell him thank you. We get so caught up in winning, mechanics, and launch angles that we sometimes forget what is most important…the people around us! Don’t take them for granted. Surround yourself with like-minded, quality people and watch your career take off. Be obsessed. Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute


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 Lesson Client

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 Lacrosse League Client

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 Lesson Client

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, MSI Lesson Client

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, MSI Tournament Client

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

Thank you very much for allowing me and my teammates to use your facility, it’s the perfect place to get everything we need done to get ready for the upcoming season!

Edwin Lee, Goldey-Beacom College 1B/OF

Our sessions with Ty Gainey have been outstanding. Ty really cares about my son and his baseball progress. We will continue to seek out sessions with Ty as my son progresses through high school.

Joel Lang, MSI Lesson Client

We had a wonderful first session with Ty. He was very informative, patient and humorous with my son. My son really enjoyed his lesson, thought it was very helpful and is looking forward to next Monday.

Shannan Roberts, MSI Lesson Client

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

Session was great. Todd Rizzo was excellent with my two boys.
The 2 player small group package is a good fit. I plan to roll them through batting, fielding, catching and then back to pitching.

Ray Lewis, 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

I am so happy with MapleZone especially with Todd Rizzo. He has worked with my son so much this past winter and Jackson is off to a great start of his high school season and is direct reflection of the work with Coach Rizzo. Thank you so much!

Ian Kelly, 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