11U Mosquito FAQ
Registration begins in December and is done online. Go to the registration link and follow the instructions from there. Those interested in coaching should register as a coach (no cost) at the same time - see below for more details.
Payment is by credit card only at time of registration. To make other payment arrangements, please contact your Mosquito Co-ordinator.
Teams and Team Assignments
Players will be invited to an evaluation in early March. From these evaluations, the coaches will assign players to teams in a draft format to ensure a degree of parity between the teams.
Team rosters will be confirmed before the end of March and coaches will start contacting players at that time. If you have not been contacted by early April, please contact the Mosquito Coordinator directly.
It is likely that you will be on a team with 2 or 3 players who you played with last year. Teams are built through a draft format therefore it is likely that you will meet many new friends on your team this year.
Every player must have the following equipment:
- Proper running shoes or cleats
- Baseball pants
- A glove
- A batting helmet (with chin strap)
- Athletic supporter (jock/jill)
The required equipment above can be purchased at most sporting goods stores and pants may be available for purchase through the TCTMBA.
Players should also have the following equipment for every game and practice:
- Appropriate clothing for the weather (it gets cold in the evenings of the early part of the season)
- A water bottle
Each player will receive a ball cap, belt, socks and jersey as part of the team uniform. You must return the belt and jersey. Each team will be provided with bases, bats, balls and catcher's gear.
Your glove should be large enough to catch a ball and small enough for you to open and close it comfortably. Most players at this age should have a glove no larger than 10" to 11". See your coach, a salesperson at an appropriate sports store or the internet for more information.
There is no need for you to have your own bat. If you choose to get one please keep in mind that bigger is not better. In fact, a lighter bat can be controlled better and swung harder for greater success at bat. The maximum size of the barrel for this age group is 2-1/4". The recommended length is to 28" to 30" and the recommended weight ranges from 15oz to 19oz for most players of this age.
Games and Practices
Practices will start in early April and the regular season will run from mid-April to mid-June.
Games will normally be scheduled on either Monday and Wednesday nights and Sundays starting in early-April. As players' skills develop we will move to 2 games per week: Additional games and make-up games may be scheduled and there may be opportunities to participate in tournaments as well.
Players are expected to arrive at 45 minutes prior to a game and games end after 6 innings. There are no new innings after 2 hours of play.
Practices will normally be scheduled for either Monday and Wednesday nights and Sundays. Special development sessions may be scheduled as well as (or instead of) the weekend practices.
Practice times will be determine by the coach and will typically last for 90 minutes.
All regular season games and practices will be scheduled at ball diamonds in Coquitlam, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam.
Players will get an opportunity to play in the infield and in the outfield each game however they may not all play all positions. Positions such as first base, pitcher and catcher require that players demonstrate certain skills in order to safely play those positions.
No. A parent/guardian is required for all players at all practices and games. As with any activity, there can be injuries and players should have their parents present to deal with anything serious. Also, the start/stop times for baseball is subject to change due to weather and other situations. Finally, coaches need your support at practices and at games - you should expect to participate.
Yes. At a minimum your coach will need parent volunteers for field prep, scorekeeping and pitch counts. Your coach may also ask for your help and support in other areas at practices and games.
Adults interested in coaching should contact the Mosquito Coordinator who will confirm coach assignments based upon the needs of the association.
Coaches will be provided training/instruction to ensure that they can manage the team properly and provide good skill development for all players. All coaches must provide a Criminal Record Check to the TCTMBA and coaches will have the opportunity to take NCCP training courses.
As a coach you will be expected to attend as many practices and games as possible. In addition, you should expect to spend a few hours per week to prepare for games/practices. You are encouraged to get support from parents to as much as possible.
Yes. The TCTMBA provides coaches with training and resources. It is not necessary to have significant experience in baseball or with coaching - it is more important that you have a genuine interest in developing the skills of the players on your team.