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Addicted to Tomorrow

August 12, 2019
Hopefully, most of you know who Nick Saban is…Head Football Coach of Alabama University who are an absolute powerhouse football program to say the least.   Now love him or hate him, he has proven to win and win a lot. He has also proven to constistently provide us with great quotes. Here’s his most recent one…     How many of us have said “tomorrow” when talking about something that we are going to start? Everyone.   I’ll do XYZ tomorrow because I’m too busy today…two months pass and “tomorrow” still hasn’t happened.   It’s nothing to be ashamed of. We’ve all done it and beating ourselves up over the past is not productive or helpful.   What is helpful? Realizing that you’ve made this mistake and decide NOT make it today.    Pick something that you’ve been putting off and do it TODAY.    It might make today busier or more hectic, but it will pay off in the long term.   Tomorrow is a bad habit it. Kick it TODAY. Be obsessed.   Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute
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Your Career Won’t Be Like Wawa

August 6, 2019
Why do you go to Wawa so much? Because it’s convenient! It’s a one stop shop. Get some gas, a bite to eat, and your afternoon coffee. How can you beat that?   Unfortunately, reaching any goal that’s truly special, like playing college baseball (6.8% of HS baseball players GET to), will not be so convenient.   You can’t expect to train in comfort (doing only things you like and that you’re good at, when you want/feel like it), sleep in, drive 2 minutes to a gorgeous field, on a day with perfect weather, and play in front of 10 schools that you want to go to.   It doesn’t work that way. Not even close.   If you want to play in college and be in the top SEVEN PERCENT of high school players, here’s a more accurate picture of what your journey will look like…   Sacrificing things like sleeping in, hanging out with friends, video games, and your overall comfort to train your butt off during the week so you are prepared for the weekend.   Your weekends will now be full of early alarm clocks, and long drives where the reward is to play 7 innings in 90 heat and brutal humidity…in hopes of being recruited.   Doesn’t sound convenient right? That’s because it isn’t. The process of reaching a lofty goal rarely is fun, easy, or especially convenient. But that is what you’re going to have to do if you want a shot at entering that exclusive club of college baseball players.   Convenience applies to gas stations and fast food restrauants, not your baseball career. The journey won’t be easy…it will require plenty of sacrifices along the way. It is what separates the 7% from the 93%. Be obsessed.   Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute
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Does Hard Work Pay Off?

July 29, 2019
Hard work pays off. You’ve heard that before…nothing new there. And generally, it is something that I agree with.   So we’re all on the same page with that statement right? Then WHY haven’t you gotten that goal you’ve been working hard for?!?    Here’s why…   Although hard work DOES pay off…it just takes a longer than we would like. Goals are rarely accomplished after a few weeks of working hard. It is much more likely that it will take you years…and that’s the separator. It isn’t easy to sweat and sacrifice over something that is still years away.   But that’s why everyone isn’t a college baseball player or a big leaguer! Goals that are REALLY worth it will take you years upon years to accomplish and most people don’t have that type of discipline and passion.   Sacrifice NOW so that you’re in the position to accomplish your lofty goals down the road. It may look like you’re an overnight success, but we all know the truth. Be obsessed.   Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute

Scaleable Skills vs. Succeeding Now

July 22, 2019
It’s easy to get caught up in short term success. Which totally makes sense and reminds me of that study where researched polled people to see if they would prefer $5 now or $50 in five years? Almost everyone will take the money now. Same thing goes for success.   When it comes to your baseball career, I urge you to turn down the $5 now and wait for the big pay day. Here’s why…   You can do things to be “success” now that will not be scaleable in your long term success in this game.    Now, what do I mean by “scaleable”? It means tools and skills that will play at the HS, college, and professional level.    For example, hitting the ball on the ground is an AWESOME strategy at the younger levels. I saw a stat that batted balls, in play, at the Little League level resulted in a .600+ batting average.    Great odds right there!   However, batting average on ground balls drops drastically to .238 (2008-present) at the MLB level.   Why the drastic difference in batting average? Defense and overall player athleticism improves tremendously as players get older (the Royals currently have only 40 errors thru 101 games played this year). Not to mention that between the small dimensions and short base paths, a Little League field is built for offense.   So hitting ground balls is a perfect example of a “success now” skill, but NOT a scaleable skill long term because it will not remain an effective strategy as you get older.    Ingraining a swing that produces a high percentage of ground balls may be good for youth baseball, but it will fail you when it truly matters. The numbers don’t lie, in fact, they’re very clear.   So before you practice something, whether it be a swing or a defensive play, ask yourself if this is something that will play as the competition gets better.   Build scaleable skills rather than chase short term success. Be obsessed.   PS-Hit line drives…they play at all levels ;).    Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute


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Crissi, MSI Parent

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

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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

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

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 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

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

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

Pat Shevlin was great. We’ll be back. Thanks!

Ian McDonald, MSI Lesson Client

Great lesson with Cory last night. My son responded to the couple flaws Cory picked up quickly. He hasn’t listened to me in 15yrs but listened to Cory in 30 min.
Thank you.

Stan Ciesielka, MSI Lesson Client

Chris, I wanted to compliment you, your staff and your location. This was my first visit to your facility and I was very impressed. I have played in dozens of venues on the east coast and our experience this weekend was one of my most enjoyable. The umpires, staff and facility were A+, and we as an organization can’t wait to come back in July! The competition was strong in the playoffs and we look forward to playing many tournaments in the future. I will be spreading the word here in CT about your facility for 12U and up! Thanks again,

Bill Granata, MSI Baseball Tournament Client