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Athletic Training Baseball Wellness

This is What True Success Looks Like

October 4, 2018
Everyone knows Hunter Pence as the big, awkward outfielder who despite not being smooth at anything, who still somehow has been a productive big league player for a long time now. But here’s what most don’t know…Pence is know by the majority of the league as being one of the best teammates, leaders, and PEOPLE in the league.   Please take a moment to listen to what his teammates say about him and also his reaction after hearing the comments…   Hunter Pence Interview (click here)   Did they mention his stats, All-Star Game appearances, or rings? NO. They talk about how he makes them FEEL.   A lot of us (coaches included) have lofty goals in this game and to an extent, baseball is an individual game. However, it’s possible to accomplish those goals and also lift up the people around us.   20yrs from now, no one will recall your GameChanger stats. What they WILL recall is what type of PERSON you were. What kind of competition you were. What kind of teammate you were. And probably some ridiculous story of you doing some dopey on the field…we all have one of those stories.   When you take the field, take it as part of a brotherhood…not an individual. “Me” vs the world aren’t good odds. If your teammates are describing you the same way that Pence’s teammates describe him, you’ve succeeded in this game.   Be an exceptional MAN first. Prioritize the people around you and they’ll do the same in return. You can’t make it alone in this game. Be obsessed.    Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute
Athletic Training Baseball Wellness

Remember Why

October 4, 2018
Do you remember why you started to play baseball?   I bet these weren’t any of the reasons…   -to get ranked   -to get college scholarships   -to admire your GameChanger stats   Am I right? I bet I am! I bet you started to play because you loved the game, loved the challenge, and loved competing for your team.   Don’t lose sight of those things as you get older! I know it’s easier said than done,. Especially now because everywhere you look (thanks to social media) is this person committing, that person holding an award, or that guy going 9-12 on the weekend.   It’s constantly in our faces. Fight the urge of getting caught up in it! Focus on what’s important…playing because you love the game, because you love the challenge, and you love the nine guys on the field with you.    Enjoy GETTING to play this game today because tomorrow is not guaranteed. Be obsessed. Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute
Athletic Training Baseball Wellness

Numbers Matter. Sorry.

October 4, 2018
So we just got done testing our teams in a bunch of different baseball and sports performance metrics which I really like doing because it lets players know where they are, compared to where they WANT to be.   Inevitably, I will have someone who is unhappy with their numbers question their validity. Typically this player produces on the field, but his numbers are average or below average for his age group.   This is always a tough conversation because baseball isn’t JUST about numbers! However, as players get older and older, their metrics matter more and more. And here’s why…   College coaches are literally on the road all summer. Lit-er-al-ly all summer. I routinely have college coaches tell me they’ve been on the road for 40, 50, or even 60 days straight during the summer!    But what does this mean for you as a recruit?   You need to stand out! And you need to stand out quickly! Think about how many players these coaches see all summer… I can’t even put a number on it, but to say it’s in the thousands is certainly accurate. So if you’re someone who a coach needs to see play 3, 4, or 5 times before they appreciate you as a player…you’re at a MASSIVE disadvantage!   And that’s where the problem truly lies for you “gamers”. It takes too long to appreciate what you do well.   There aren’t many (or any) guys in the MLB with 7.9 60s, arm strength in the 70mphs, or max exit velocities at 81mph. Numbers DO matter.   If they aren’t where you want them to be, work to CHANGE them! All your numbers are telling you is where you are at right now. They aren’t final and they can change through hard work.   Numbers are here and they’re here to stay. Learn what yours are. Make a plan. And IMPROVE them! Be obsessed. Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute
Athletic Training Baseball Wellness

What Makes You So Special?

September 14, 2018
I don’t intend for this to be as challenging as the title may make it seem. I would just like to make you think a little bit…   So what makes you so special?   Is it your talent? Your work ethic? Your smarts? Your grit? Your character?   Which one is it? Is it multiple? And does that trait EXPIRE?   One of these traits that I listed just now absolutely expires. Which one you ask? TALENT! At some point in your career, you will look around and every single player on the field will be as talented as you (or even more talented).   It may be Little League. It may be High School. It may be College. It may be the MLB. It honestly completely depends on the player. The only thing that I can tell you for certain is that day will come.   And that’s the day where you will have to ask yourself the question, “what makes me so special?”   If it’s only your talent, your career is done. If it’s one, a couple, or all of those other characteristics listed above, then you still have a fighting chance.   Do you really think Mike Trout is the most naturally gifted player on the planet? Heck no, however, he is still the BEST. You will find players more physical, faster, with more arm strength, and more bat speed at any level of pro baseball. So what makes Mike Trout, Mike Trout then? All the other things done repeatedly on a daily basis year after year.   Talent may work for you now, but it won’t always. Take pride in becoming a complete player AND man. Be obsessed.  Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute

Testimonials

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.
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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