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I Can’t Hit

June 11, 2018
So we had our 10-12u tryouts this past week and during the tryouts, I took note of something during one of the tryouts..   A player took two rounds. The first round he absolutely crushed the ball. He came back to the dugout confident and happy.   The second round, he struggled a little bit. This time when he came back to the dugout, he told me he “stunk and couldn’t hit”.   I feel like I see this type of reaction a fair amount, especially at the younger ages.    So here is my PSA to all players, parents, and coaches regarding this topic…   Do not attach what JUST happened to your ability as a player.   A bad round doesn’t make you a bad hitter.   A rough outing doesn’t mean you need to give up pitching.   This is baseball. Bad things happen. We need to stay confident regardless of the most recent outcome. Elite players take bad rounds. They have bad games. They have bad weekends…HOWEVER…   The difference between an elite player and everyone else, is that they don’t let negative results affect their immediate attitude, their belief in themselves, how they prepare for the game, and their love of the game.   Shake it off. Stay relentlessly positive. Believe in yourself. Be obsessed.   Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute

Coach is Picking on Me

June 11, 2018
News flash boys…Coach is NOT picking on you. In fact, I bet it’s quite the opposite.   If a coach is providing you feedback, position or NEGATIVE, that is a sign that he cares about you and your career.    Far too often I see players get defensive or shut down when they are being coached (given feedback).    As coaches, we don’t care if you did something “wrong”. We just want to make sure you know that wasn’t what you should have done in that situation so you can do it RIGHT next time.   It’s not an insult. Coaches aren’t saying you stink. Coaches aren’t saying you can’t play the game. Coaches are saying if you do this, then you can be THAT much better.   Be confident in yourself and believe you can make the adjustments that your coach is asking of you. If he didn’t think you were capable of doing so, he wouldn’t be asking it of you.   No one rises to low expectations. Don’t seek out comfort. Seek out someone who cares enough about you to give you the truth…good and bad. Find someone who will challenge you. Be obsessed.   Ken Spangenberg Director of Teams Maplezone Sports Institute

Winners and Losers

June 11, 2018
Winners and Losers Well here we go…I’m going to talk about the importance of winning right? Nope…I’m not. In fact, I think the concept of “winning” is what ruins youth sports. There is a substantial difference between winning/losing AND winners/losers. Losers can win. Winners can lose. Results are simply a reflection of how good you were in that two hour window. That doesn’t define the player, despite popular opinion. So what’s the difference? Here it is… Winners-Work really hard. Always bring it in practice. Are coachable and open to improving their game. Compete whenever possible. AND make players around them better (yes that’s a thing). Losers-Try hard when they feel like it. Practice hard when the conditions are ideal. Compete when they know they can win. AND bring other players down with them. Losers can 100% be the best player on your team right now. We all know that kid who shows up when he wants, doesn’t hustle, but is still successful despite all of this. The bottom line (and most people miss this until it’s too late) is that some players are talented enough to get away with doing the wrong things….TO A POINT! While the loser coasts, the winner is doing what he needs to do to get better. Every. Day. He is instilling good habits, challenging himself, and improving his game. Heck, the winner may be the “worst” player on the team. You just haven’t noticed because you’re looking at the wrong things. When the winner catches up to the loser, the loser doesn’t stand a chance. He’s never worked hard and he’s never dealt with failure…he’s always played by his rules and his rules only. Unfortunately, at a certain point in your career, you no longer make the rules. End result, winner surpasses loser. Don’t focus on winning and losing. Your past record doesn’t speak to the type of player you are today and it certainly doesn’t speak to the type of player that you WILL be years from now. Be a winner. Step on the field (every time) WANTING to be better and WANTING to make the guys around you better. Don’t concern yourself with Ws and Ls. Concern yourself with being a winner. You will win when it MATTERS. Be obsessed. Ken Spangenberg Director of Teams Maplezone Sports Institute
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The SECRET to Getting a College Scholarship

May 21, 2018
The SECRET to Getting a College Scholarship   What’s the secret way to be recruited to play baseball in college? I get asked this all the way.   The secret is, there are no secrets. There are no shortcuts. There are no tricks.   Are there certain things that you should and should not be doing to help your chances? Absolutely!    But here’s what really matters… BE REALLY GOOD! Only 6.8% of high school players move on to play NCAA college baseball. That’s less than 7 out of 100 players. WORK REALLY HARD! If only 6.8% of players are moving on to the next level, you better believe that you need to work your tail off.  BE A GREAT STUDENT! Contrary to popular belief, college coaches can’t snap their fingers and get you into their school. Your grades can either significantly open or close doors. It’s your choice. This is the big one…be the type of MAN that your current coach wants to put his name on. They are staking their reputation on you…have you made that an easy or hard decision for them?  Consider this…these college coaches do this for a living. It’s their career. It’s how they support their families. If they don’t win, they jeopardize all of that.   And on top of that, they may be considering giving you a lot of money in baseball and academic scholarships! Do the math, it could be over a hundred thousand dollars we’re talking about here.   So yes, offering you is not a decision that they take lightly.   You need to leave no doubt in their mind that you’re the type of player, teammate, and man that they’re willing to bet their livelyhood on.    This isn’t just a “game” to them.   Talent is important, but it’s certainly not everything. Be the type of MAN that a coach wants in their program. Be obsessed.    Ken Spangenberg Director of Teams 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