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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

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

Lacrosse

For Lacrosse, MSI offers training, leagues, and sports performance training.

Softball

For Softball, MSI offers private lessons and sports performance training.

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

MSI Baseball has the resources every young athlete needs to take their game to the next level.

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Lessons & Training

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

Wellness

Trout, Jordan, and Manning

November 8, 2017
For the first time in my baseball career, I’ve been able to sit back and actually watch a lot of baseball this year instead of actually being on the field or in the cage. It’s a much different perspective and it has definitely been helpful in my maturation as a coach to be able to experience the game from a new point of view. My biggest take away from this different angle is how players react to being coached. Some players see it as a positive and some see it as a negative. Care to guess how the elite player sees it? Hmmmm… Negative Feedback is NOT Failure So many players (and people in general) see negative feedback as an attack, as a fact that cannot be changed, as someone telling them that they suck and there’s nothing they can do about it. When in reality, it’s completely the opposite (check out Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset-game changer!). Learning about our deficiencies and craving feedback is what separates the bad, the good, and the elite. The best players I have ever worked with or read about (Mike Trout, Michael Jordan, and Peyton Manning are very outspoken about how much they love being coached…solid list right?) want to know what they did wrong so they can do it better next time. They don’t need to hear how good they are because they already know! They are confident enough in themselves that the negative feedback they receive is nothing more than an indicator that they need to focus more on that specific skill. The elite player doesn’t take it personally. He absorb the information and moves on.  “Oh I’m not good at that? I didn’t know. Well, just watch coach, I WILL be.” is their inner monologue. The average player slumps their shoulders, ignore it, or give the old “yeah, but coach…” when they are given negative feedback. Their inner monologue greatly differs from the elite player, in that he’s thinking, “this guy hates me”, “I suck”, “he doesn’t know what he’s talking about”, or “he’s an a-hole”. The elite player knows that failure isn’t permanent! It’s all in HIS control, he is CONFIDENT enough in himself, and DRIVEN enough to change it. Buying into the “growth” mindset will change your career. Making an out will no longer be a negative thing…it’s simply feedback. Hearing something critical about your game will no longer be an insult…it’s simply feedback. Not getting a D1 scholarship will no longer be career ending…it’s simply feedback. So next time a coach COACHES you, don’t take it as an insult. It’s actually quite the opposite…he cares enough about you to tell you the truth. Seek out the honest truth. Absorb it. Make an adjustment. Then do it again. Be obsessed. Ken Spangenberg Director of Teams Maplezone Sports Institute
Wellness

Come Be Obsessed

October 31, 2017
Come Be Obsessed If you are reading this, then I imagine you are involved with travel ball in some way, shape, or form. This means that your fall season is winding down and you are most likely having tryouts soon for your spring/summer team before giving yourself a break for the first time in 9 months. At any age, tryouts can be stressful. Will I make THE team? Will I make A team? Well, I’m here to tell you something that you are not hearing enough.  THE TEAM THAT YOU MAKE/DON’T MAKE WILL NOT MAKE OR BREAK YOUR BASEBALL CAREER  I don’t care if you’re 8 years old or 17 years old. It won’t, unless YOU allow it too. And as proof, I’m going to tell you a very brief story about a current MLB player. He wasn’t the best player in Little League. He wasn’t the best player throughout travel ball. He wasn’t on Varsity as a freshman. In fact, he was NEVER the best player on any team he played on his entire life until he was a senior in High School. And guess what? Two years later, he was the 10th overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. TENTH! So let’s make this clear, he went from not being the best player on ANY team he played on (until his senior year) to being the 10th overall pick in the MLB Draft only two years later! How do I know this? Because this player is my brother Cory, who’s entering his 4th year in the bigs for the San Diego Padres. So, what does this mean for you? It means that being on the top team, second team, third team, or heck, even the seventh team matters very little. What ACTUALLY matters is how much you truly want to reach your potential. And this is where people get confused. Accumulating plastic trophies doesn’t make you a stud. Playing on the “top” team doesn’t mean that you’re going to be a D1 player. Putting up big numbers doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get drafted. What college coaches/pro teams care about is how good you are right now. So, don’t get caught up in “accolades”. Instead, get caught up in your process and your own development. Now, I know you’re all sitting there thinking “ohh I work really hard” though coach. Sorry, but working hard isn’t a special trait. Loving the game isn’t a special trait. EVERYONE who wants to play at the next level does these things. How are you different? How is your process TRULY different from the players you’re competing against? Are you obsessed or is this something you just enjoy? That’s the question you need to ask yourself. Are you obsessed or is this a hobby? What you DO on a daily basis are your priorities, not what you SAY your priorities are. So, if you’re skipping that nap, video game session, or night out with your buddies to improve your game, you’re our type of

MSI Pro Invitational Recap

January 25, 2017
MSI’s 3rd annual Pro Invitational took place on MLK Day as 55 of the top area high school players, along with Junior College standouts and minor league free agents showcased their skills for scouts from all 30 Major League Baseball teams. While players such as Tyler Dearden, Randy Bednar, and Brock Helverson created a lot of buzz for themselves, everyone who participated displayed the kind of ability that has become synonymous with MSI. Here are the top stats from MSI’s Pro Invitational. Bat Exit Velocity 60 Yard Dash Pop Time INF Velocity OF Velocity  D’Allessandro – 107 Guerrero – 6.51 Cossetti – 1.76 Alleyne – 86 Dearden – 91  Cossetti – 104  Maloney – 6.63  Johnson – 1.77  Siroka – 86  Maloney – 91  Mack – 104  Bednar – 6.70  Gattinelli – 1.81  To – 86  Ruiz – 91

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

Testimonials

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.
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

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