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TRAIN THE ATHLETE. EARN THE ELITE.

MAPLEZONE SPORTS INSTITUTE

Maplezone Sports Institute’s (MSI) mission is to create a safe training environment for athletes of all ages and abilities which allow them the opportunity to maximize their athletic performance potential. MSI is committed to utilizing our expert coaches, state of the art facilities, tournament venues, and customized training programs to efficiently enhance the athletes' training and exposure experience. MSI makes you better – ON and OFF the field!!
baseball

Baseball

For Baseball, MSI offers private lessons, small group camps and clinics, travel teams, tournaments, and sports performance training.

lacrosse

Lacrosse

For Lacrosse, MSI offers private lessons, small group camps and clinics, travel teams, leagues, and sports performance training.

softball

Softball

For Softball, MSI offers private lessons, small group camps and clinics, travel teams, tournaments, and sports performance training.

soccer

Soccer

For Soccer, MSI offers leagues and sports performance training.

Tournaments & Leagues

With state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor facilities, find the perfect tournament or league for your team all year round.

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MSI Teams

Between MSI Baseball, Softball, and Lacrosse, MSI has the resources every young athlete needs to take their game to the next level.

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Instruction & Sports Performance

Hone your skills on the field with private and small group instruction, and build strength and speed with sports performance training.

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Our Blog

2016 MLB Draft Recap

June 20, 2016
After 1,216 players were selected in Major League Baseball’s Draft, MSI would like to congratulate all the members of the MSI family who trained alongside The Legend, Rob Rabena, who heard their names called. #Congratulations Jason Groome – 1st Round (12th Overall) – Boston Red Sox Tyler Mondile – 6th Round – Cincinnati Reds Brandon Miller – 6th Round – Seattle Mariners AJ Bogucki – 8th Round – Washington Nationals Reid Anderson – 17th Round – Texas Rangers Tyler Orris – 33rd Round – Colorado Rockies
Baseball

MSI Pro Athlete Update

June 6, 2016
During the winter, you can routinely find a group of athletes affectionately known as “The Crew” training and preparing for their seasons with MSI’s Rob Rabena. These guys have become a staple of the culture at MSI and its their work ethic and dedication that sets the bar for all other MSI athletes. Now, with their seasons underway, we provide an update on members of The Crew and see how they’re doing after an offseason training with The Legend, Rob Rabena. Josh Ockimey (Twitter – @josh_ock) (Boston Red Sox) Playing for Single A Greenville, “Ock” is off to a tremendous start at the dish, batting .305 with 9 HR, 29 RBI, while also working out 42 BB en route to a .445 OBP. Tim Mayza (Twitter – @Mynameis_TmAyz) (Toronto Blue Jays) Starting the season with High A Dunedin, Mayza has been nothing short of lights out, pitching 29.1 innings, with 36 K and 3 Saves, while producing a miniscule 1.53 ERA. Harrison Bader (Twitter – @aybaybader) (St. Louis Cardinals) A Cardinals’ Double A prospect, Bader has simply been destroying baseballs, to the tune of a .318 AVG, with 11 HR and 27 RBI in 50 games played thus far. *Stats as of 6/2/16
Wellness

Softball Success: Master The Turn Over Drop Pitch

June 1, 2016
Like the changeup, a good drop pitch can serve as an off-balance tool in a pitcher’s arsenal because it creates doubt in the batter’s mind as she tries to guess what’s coming next. More importantly, the drop pitch is effective at creating swing-and-miss strikes. When the ball drops several inches as it approaches the plate, the batter generally swings over the top of the ball. At the very least, an effective drop pitch causes the batter to hit only the top portion of the ball, typically resulting in an infield ground ball. That said, the drop pitch serves as an effective “out” pitch whether trying to induce a double play or getting out of a bases-loaded jam. So, how can softball players master the drop pitch? Maggie Kichler, MSI’s Director of Softball, explains below. Turn Over Drop Pitch Hard snap down and staying tight into your hip Push up off the mound instead of out Four-seam rotation downwards Weight should be shifted forward Straight down with snap and not across body The name says it all – a drop pitch should appear to be coming straight, but dip down before it reaches the batter. This forces the batter to start thinking much more strategically than when she faces a straight pitcher. The drop pitch combined with fastballs and changeups will play mind games with the batter, leading to strikes and forcing mistakes as she tries to anticipate the ball’s movement. Like the changeup, the movements preceding the drop pitch should mimic the set-up for a fastball. Stay tuned for the next installment of our pitching series. Later, we’ll discuss the peel drop and its importance in a pitcher’s arsenal. Do you have something to add to the turn over drop pitch discussion? Share with us on social media and comment below!
Baseball

Entitled Elite

May 24, 2016
A lot of people, myself included, are vocal that kids shouldn’t get “participation trophies,” that we should be teaching them you are rewarded for hard work and success, not just showing up. Well, I want to take it one step further and talk about the “entitled elite” player and what a bad culture we are creating for even the highest level and most talented player. I actually think this is a much bigger issue than any of the “participation” issues today. For example. Player 1 is a stud. He’s a 15 or 16-year-old sophomore in high school who’s already committed to an SEC baseball powerhouse. So what does he deal with today? He deals with multiple companies ranking him the best, talking about how good he is, and constantly reminding him how he’s made it. He “announces” his commitment like Lebron taking his talents to South Beach, and he is then congratulated, retweeted, liked, and shared thousands of times by his peers, coaches, and those same companies. “Congrats Man!” “This kid is a stud!” “He won’t even make it to college, right to the pros.” “Here’s a custom glove/bat, congrats stud!” Etc, etc, etc. He has 15 travel teams from around the country calling and saying, “Hey, come play for me. We are the best. You’ll play for free, I’ll fly you out here for tournaments. You’ll get 17 sets of uniforms, custom gloves, bats, etc. Our sponsors are the best, and they hook up all of our players!” He is invited to numerous “All-American” games where he and his teammates are treated like celebrities and glorified as if they are a 10-year MLB vets. Is this all good for the sophomore in high school who has essentially done nothing in his career? How is he supposed to stay humble, think that he has to work harder to accomplish things and truly “make it”? Yes, coaches (like myself) are part of this problem. This is something I struggle with every day when I talk to players, post about a player, etc. I always worry about humility, entitlement, and making sure I am truly preparing my players to succeed at the next level. Nothing compares to truly teaching them how hard this process is going to be! For me, getting and developing the talent is the easy part. It making them understand what’s truly important … words like loyalty, humility, appreciation, dedication, and hard work. When you get the scary talented player away from the “entitled elite” player moniker, he’s the one we are probably going to be watching on TV. That’s why I’m starting a new campaign with a very creative name for our players today. I’m calling it, “SHUT UP. WORK HARDER. PLAY BETTER.” This is a message we all should be preaching to all levels of players, even the elite ones.

Testimonials

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.
Thanks!

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