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The Big Game Player

February 4, 2019
The Super Bowl has officially come and gone. This game is so insanely big that the entire country literally stops to watch it year after year.   Games like this are what every player fantasizes playing in…the biggest stage, the biggest spotlight, and the opportunity to be crowned as the best in the world.   But what’s the problem this fantasy can create?   It can cause us to prioritize our efforts on “bigger” games and that is a very slippery slope for a player and their development.   It shouldn’t matter if it’s a national championship or a Tuesday night practice…we need to BRING it every time we step out on the field.   Don’t increase or decrease your effort based on the “size” of the stage. The elite compete their tails off regardless of whether they’re on the biggest stage of their respective sport or if they’re playing ping pong in the club house. Being elite isn’t a “sometimes” thing…it’s an ALL the time thing.   Consistent, relentless effort is the only way to reach your full potential. Don’t be a “big game” player. Be THE player. Every day is be your Super Bowl. Be obsessed.   Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute
Baseball Wellness

The Game Changer Trap

February 4, 2019
Anddddd I’m back! Thank you to all those for the kind words! Now let’s get back to business…   I was talking to a group of players this weekend about what their goals are for the season and unsurprisingly, all of them mentioned some type of stat…batting average, ERA, and strikeouts being the most common answers.   What is the potential problem with all of these stats? There are a ton of factors that can influence these numbers and should NOT be used as an indicator of how “good” or “bad” you’ve been playing.   Think about this…you can absolutely crush ten line drives and they can all be outs. You just went 0 for 10. You can get jammed and get ten weak base hits, going 10 for 10. Which is really success? The ten line drives!   You could take the ball in the first round of the playoff game and beat the best team in the tourney, but only strike out 2. Or you could pitch against the worst team and K 13. Which is really better? The playoff W!   No college coach is going to be excited about you going 3 for 3 with three weak hits. They’re going to be excited about hard contact.    They’re going to be excited about you going out on the bump, competing your tail off against a loaded line up, and giving your team a chance to win.    They’re going to be excited about you having the baseball IQ to make a dirt ball read to put yourself in scoring position.   “Success” doesn’t always show up in the stat line. Focus on what you can control. Focus on what will take you to the next level. Be obsessed.   Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute
Baseball Wellness

Relationships > Numbers

February 4, 2019
20 years from now, no one will remember (or care) about your Gamer Changer stats, exit velo, or your ranking.    As a young (dumb) college coach, I associated “success” with what the score board read at the end of the game…as I matured, I realized that there are much more important things in life than LED numbers behind a glass screen.   Stats are forgotten. Numbers fade over time.   Do you know what doesn’t? The way we make someone feel.   Regardless of whether you’re a coach or a player, making this shift in mindset will change your career and the careers of the people around you.   Yes, a HUGE part of what we are all trying to accomplish is to become (or make) the best baseball player possible, but don’t loose sight of what is truly important long term…and that’s becoming (or helping mold) a quality man.   Work your tail off! But remember that “success” isn’t just about having good numbers…it’s about creating and being an active member in a group of people who you’ll do anything for and vice versa. Be obsessed!     PS-I will be on my honeymoon and will be skipping next Monday’s post! Don’t worry, I’ll make it up to you guys!   Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball Maplezone Sports Institute
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Giving Back to the Game

February 4, 2019
The facility was packed a few weeks ago and there was a younger player and his dad walking around trying to find an open space to get some tee work in. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any. However, one of our older players saw this young player looking to hit and invited him to join him on the tee.   Seemingly not a big deal right? Well, weeks later…guess what the younger player keeps talking about? Yep you guessed it! That 30 minutes working on the tee with the older player!   PLAYERS-don’t understate the power you have on other players! An invite to hit/throw, a compliment, a tip, or a story can have a much bigger impact on a someone else’s career than you can imagine.    Baseball is really hard. Let’s not try to beat the game alone. There’s power in community. Be obsessed.   PS-Keeping it short and sweet today since I’m getting married Saturday!   Ken Spangenberg Director of Baseball 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