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Baseball Wellness

Be the Best at . . .

April 22, 2019
Being bad! Yes you read that right…be the best at being bad. Everyone is locked in when they’re 3 for 4. Everyone is a great teammate when they’ve pitched 6 scoreless innings. Everyone is coachable when their team is already 3-0 on the weekend. But in a game of FAILURE, how often do we have games or weekends like this, compared to the games with mistakes or weekends with losses? If you haven’t experienced games or weekends when you and/or your team are failing, you will. At some point, no matter how talented you are, you are going to get knocked on our butt. Hard. But that part doesn’t matter…it happens to everyone. Literally everyone. What matters is..are you able to still remain positive, competitive, coachable, and a great teammate during these tough moments? That’s the real test. That’s what separates the players that reach their ceilings and the players that are left wondering “what if” 10 years after they hang up their cleats. Make the difficult CHOICE to do all of these things, even when it’s really HARD to make it…ESPECIALLY when it’s hard to make it. Be the best at being bad. You’ll end up being bad a lot less. Be obsessed. PS-This applies to coaches AND parents too! Are we the same positive, supportive person when things are not going the way we’d like them to?
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The Only Bad Day at the Ballpark

April 22, 2019
Baseball can be the most frustrating sport more often than not, especially, IF we’re results driven (yes here we go again)! There are a thousand different ways to have a “bad day” at the ballpark… Losing Not hitting well Not fielding well Losing Not pitching well Getting robbed Losing Bad calls Just to name a few…but in the grand scheme of things, are these truly “bad days”? Well, it really all depends! Did you LEARN from your “bad day” or did you start to doubt yourself, make excuses, or point fingers? If you learned skills, mindsets, or concepts that will help you in your future of this game, was it actually a bad day? I don’t think so! And neither should you! Very, very, very, very, rarely will a “bad day”, actually matter so much that it will negatively impact the future of your career. What will negatively impact your career though? Not LEARNING from your bad AND your good days. Results from yesterday don’t matter past yesterday. What you learn (or don’t learn) can stay with you for the rest of your career. The only “bad day” at the ballpark is the one you don’t learn from. Learn, adjust, & repeat. Be obsessed.

Confidence or Doubt

April 8, 2019
“Baseball is a game of failure”.  “Going 3 for 10 will get you in the Hall of Fame.” We’ve all heard these statements before right? Common place in the game. But our behavior on or around the field doesn’t always reflect these sentiments. We have all been there. We haven’t come through in big situations. We have screwed up a routine play. We have missed a sign.  Regardless if you’re a teammate, a coach, or a parent…you can have a tremendous influence on any of these failures with the players involved. Parents-Is your son looking at you after a K? Are they seeing someone who is complaining, disappointed, or yelling? Or are they seeing positive body language and someone that believes in them regardless of the results? Coaches-Your player just popped up a bunt. Does he see you throw up your hands up in the air or hear you make a snide remark? Or does he see someone that still has confidence in them? Players-This is the most important one! When your teammate makes an error, when they look at you, will they get strong eye contact and a positive statement like “you got the next one” or “I’m picking you up this play” or are they watching you pout because that player should’ve made the play? Let’s not forget how HARD this game is. You can make everyone around you better or worse with your body language and energy.  Being negative is easy…that’s what most do. Make the decision to be fiercely positive, even when it’s not easy…especially when it’s not easy. Be obsessed. Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute
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Don’t Pave the Path

April 8, 2019
Please take a moment to listen to Scott Van Pelt’s short statement addressing a conflict during March Madness… Scott Van Pelt’s Statement Now there is a lot to unpack in this 2:19 long statement, but what really hit me was the phrase, “we should prepare our kids for the path, not the path for our kids.” (this can be found around the 1:50 mark if you want to skip ahead) I absolutely love this part of his monolague. Why? Because this is the biggest issue I see in amateur sports today…we want to rip out all the thorn covered bushes and pave the path so it’s nice and easy for our kids to walk through.  What’s the problem with that? Life isn’t always going to be always be a clear, easy path! It’s crucial to put our kids in positions that force them to figure out a way to get through the thorns and unpaved roads. It’s human nature to want to protect our kids, however, whether we’re talking about baseball or life (their future career for example), there will come a point where we will not be able to change the quality of the path for them. It will be on them to get through it no matter how rough and untamed it may be. So… Let’s focus on building intrepid MEN who are capable of cutting down the thorn bushes and paving their own path, rather than always doing it for them.  Sure that will undoubtly mean some cuts, bruises, and blisters along the way, but they will survive and they will come out of it even stronger and more capable than they were before. We are not in the baseball business, we are in the path conquering business. 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