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What Success REALLY Looks Like

April 10, 2018
What Success REALLY Looks Like   You worked your tail off all winter…nice work! Just don’t expect to all of a sudden be the best player in your conference.    One of the biggest issues in player development is thinking that it will happen all of a sudden and results will be automatic. Unfortunately for all you hard workers out there, that is usually not the case.   Development really looks like this….     Success is rarely pretty. Success is rarely predictable. Success rarely follows the timeline we set up in our heads.    If you worked really hard this off-season and are still not seeing immediate results, please consider this…   Success takes time. There is no such thing as overnight success. It just looks like that to us outsiders because we don’t see all your hard work on a daily basis.   Be patient. If your process is legit, you WILL see results. They may just not come as quickly as you want.   If you think there is a hole in your process, make an adjustment to it. You get good at what you work on. Period. Be obsessed.    Ken Spangenberg Director of Teams Maplezone Sports Institute

Attention All Softball Players

April 10, 2018
Attention All Softball Players,   Did you accomplish your personal goals this tryout season? Did you have your heart on making Varsity/JV/middle school team? Sometimes even when we accomplish our initial goals the outlook might seem grim if our position is being tied up by an upperclassman or a more talented developed player. What can you do about it? The truth is that…   “Hard work beats talent when talent is not working hard”    Your ability to outwork, out train, and have the confidence to prove yourself can get you that one step closer to your ultimate personal goal. The right instructor, with the right mentality, can help you improve not only physically but mentally too! Our game is just as much of a mental war as it can be a slugger fest. Here at MSI softball, I pride myself on my ability to be a strong confident role-model for our female athletes. My proven ability to train pitchers is unmatched, and our talented staff can help you in all facets of the sport. Come see what MSI softball is about and how we can up your game!   Schedule a FREE softball evaluation today! Call 610-358-5500 ext 110 for more details.   Sincerely,   Jeanette 
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Losing Suck, But . . .

April 10, 2018
If you’re really into the game then you hate losing. Pretty simple concept. However, I’m here to tell you that wins and loses may not be as important as you think, especially at the younger ages.   Why is that? Because you can win a game and not get any better. And on the flip side, you can lose a game and improve.   So despite the fact that a lot of the focus in youth baseball is placed solely on winning, it really needs to be placed on development! I can promise you all that your future high school, college, or pro coach will never ask what your winning percentage was…especially as an 11U player.    Don’t let losses crush you and don’t let wins get to your head. After every game, ask yourself, “did I get better?”   If the answer is “yes” then you had a good day on the diamond. If the answer is “no” then it’s time to re-evaluate what you’re doing out there.   Losing isn’t fatal, far from it, however stagnant development is absolutely fatal. Strive to get better every time you’re out on the field. Be obsessed.   Ken Spangenberg Director of Teams Maplezone Sports Institute

My Coach Doesn’t Like Me

March 27, 2018
I’m sure we’ve all heard this one whether it’s from a player, teammate, or son right? Well I hate to break it to you, but coaches 100% have favorites. BUT they do it for a good reason (with a few exceptions unfortunately). Why would a coach have a favorite? Because that player makes their life easier and helps the team win! Here is a sort list of what “favorites” do consistently… PRACTICE hard Play hard Only have to be told things once Take pride in doing the little things Support their teammates Stay out of trouble off the field Don’t pout when things don’t go their way Care about winning And the list could go on and on, but those are the big ones… Wouldn’t that type of player be your favorite too? What’s stopping you from being that player? The answer is nothing. Those are all things you can either choose to do or not to do. Just remember, if you don’t do them, but expect to be the coaches’ go to guy. The best players take pride in doing all of these things, NOT just the things that they enjoy doing. Realize the difference. Help your team win. 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

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 Parent

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 Parent

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 Parent

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 Parent

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 Parent