Mosquito FAQ 2019

REGISTRATION

How do I register? Registration begins in December and is done online. Go to the registration link on the CMMBA web site 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.

How do I pay? 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

How are teams established? 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.

When will I know what team I am on? 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.

Can I play on the same team as my friends? 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.



EQUIPMENT

What equipment do I need? 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)

Where do I get this equipment and how much does it cost? The required equipment above can be purchased at most sporting goods stores and pants may be available for purchase through the CMMBA.

What other equipment is recommended? 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
  • Sunscreen

What equipment is provided? 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.

What size of glove should I have? 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.

If I get a bat, what size should it be? 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

How long is the baseball season? Practices will start in early April and the regular season will run from mid-April to mid-June.

When are the games? Games will normally be scheduled on Tuesday evenings starting in early-April. As players' skills develop we will move to 2 games per week: Saturdays and Tuesdays. Additional games and make-up games may be scheduled and there may be opportunities to participate in tournaments as well.

How long are the games? 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.

When are the practices? Practices will normally be scheduled for Thursdays and Saturdays (times TBD). Special development sessions may be scheduled as well as (or instead of) the weekend practices.

How long are the practices? Practice times will be determine by the coach and will typically last for 90 minutes.

Where are the games and practices? All regular season games and practices will be scheduled at ball diamonds in Coquitlam and Port Moody. In the past we have used the diamonds at Aspenwood, Bramblewood, Panorama, Miller and Coquitlam Town Centre.

Will I get to play every position? 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.

PARENTS

Can I drop my child off at games or practices? 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.

Will I be required to help out at games and practices? 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.

What other expectations are there on parents? Parents are expected to read and follow the CMMBA Code of Conduct.

COACHES

How are coaches determined? Adults interested in coaching should contact the Mosquito Coordinator who will confirm coach assignments based upon the needs of the association.

What qualifications must a coach have? 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 CMMBA and coaches will have the opportunity to take NCCP training courses.

What is the time commitment for coaches? 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.

Can I be a coach without knowing much about coaching or baseball? Yes. The CMMBA 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.

I may want to be a coach but I am not sure. How do I get more information and possibly show my 'informal' interest in the role? Contact the Mosquito Coordinator to discuss any questions you might have regarding coaching including your possible interest coaching.