Mosquito Information
General Information:

Mosquito division is for youth who are 10 and 11 years of age, and is the first division in which players begin to pitch the ball. A real baseball is used for the first time. In addition, a catcher is used and round robin playoffs follow the regular season. Players are not permitted to sit out for extended periods of time. All players are kept in the batting lineup and rotated by position.

Teams are usually 12-15 players. At this level, games will be defaulted if the required number of players are not at the field at game time. Eight players are needed to start a game and seven to finish.

Games are played Mondays and Wednesday nights at St. Peter's Field at 6:00pm and 8:00pm.

Mount Pearl Minor Baseball recommends that when one team is short players at the beginning of a game, that they borrow players from the opposition, or both teams may be combined to play a game. A practice session may also take place instead of a game.
Mosquito Rules.

•In the event of rain, an announcement concerning the scheduled games for that evening will be posted to the website at 4:00pm
•Players are to notify your coach if you are unable to make a scheduled house league game.
•Note that coaches are not permitted on the field during play. (Sidelines only)
•Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time for a pre-game warm up.
•Please follow umpires and coaches instructions while on the field to ensure safety at all times.

Official Playing Rules: All games shall be played in accordance with regular baseball rules except where modified by the rules contained in this document, Newfoundland Amateur Baseball Association and Baseball Canada.

Duration of Game:

All games will be 6 innings or two hours in duration, whichever comes first. No new inning will start after one hour and forty-five minutes from the scheduled start time.

Fair Play Rules for Coaches:

Coaches will be issued a score book. They must set their batting order at the start of the year. Once this batting order is set, the player who is next to hit after the last out of the previous game will start the next game. If a player does not show up for the game then he will stay in the same spot in the batting order but crossed out for that particular game. Coaches should use the first three games of the season to finalize the batter order. Batting order may be reset for playoffs.

Rules of Play:

•Players must wear full uniform, which includes and are advised to wear a protective cup.
•Catchers and Pitchers must wear a protective cup.
•All batters must wear helmets with chin straps when on deck or at bat.
•Home team will be decided by coin toss prior to the game during the regular season.
•Players must run on and off the field between innings.
•All players are in the batting lineup whether or not they play in the field.
•Ten defensive players are permitted on the field. The tenth player is a fourth outfielder.
•Coaches must rotate their players throughout the defensive line-up to ensure fair play!!
•Bunting is permitted.
•There is no infield fly rule in Mosquito House.
•Runners may tag and run to the next base after a fly ball is caught at their own risk.
•If the catcher misses the ball on the third strike, the batter will be called out.
•All players should slide on a close play at home.
•Pitchers may pitch 2 innings per game.
•A maximum of 3 runs may be scored in any one inning, with the exception of the last inning, which is open to a maximum of 7 runs by the team leading off the inning.
•If, after the 5th inning, one team leads by 10 runs or more, that team will be awarded the game. The game may be continued at the discretion of the coaches, but the result will be official after the 10-run rule is registered.
•The score shall be kept by the coaches and confirmed with the home plate umpire throughout the game. It is requested that the game stats be phoned into the baseball office by the coach of the winning team.
•If a pitcher hits two batters in the same inning the pitcher replaced.
•There will no walks. If the umpire has called four balls then a batting tee will be placed on the plate and each swing at the ball will be considered part of the count. If a player swings and misses the ball on the batting tee then it will be counted as a strike.

Base Stealing:

-Base stealing is not permitted.

Collision Avoidance Rule:

In the Mosquito division, the collision avoidance rule has been modified to ensure the safety of the catcher and the base runner. This rule states:

If a base runner is running to home plate and is halfway or closer to home plate, a force out situation is now created. The catcher, having possession of the ball, may touch home plate and the runner will be called "out" by the umpire.

Playing Field:

•The distance between the bases shall be 60 feet.
•The distance from the point of home plate to the front of the pitching rubber shall be 44 feet.

Playoff Rules:

•Playoffs take place in the Mosquito, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget divisions.
•All teams make the divisional playoffs. Note that All-Star teams playing up a division are not eligible to advance to the medal rounds in the divisional House League playoffs.
•Pitching rule that applies in the regular season, also applies in the playoff games. If a team is required to play 3 games within any one week, the third game will begin with a clean slate of innings.
•No player is to sit out regularly. Playing time is to be allocated on a rotating basis, as in the regular season.
•All playoff games will be played the same length of innings and time as regular season games, including those suspended by darkness or weather conditions. Players unable to play in the original part of said game will only be added to the bottom of the batting lineup.
•Teams may be required to participate in playoff games with just one day of notice.
•The NABA tie-breaking formula will apply with respect to a tie after the round robin play. Example: all teams have 1 win and 1 tie; the team with the least number of runs scored against them in the round robin per defensive inning will advance.
•Home team in the round robin will be decided by a coin toss. The team with the best record after the round robin is completed will be the home team in the championship game.
•The 10-run rule is in effect.
•Scores of each game will be reported to the division coordinator after each game and the baseball office by the next morning.
•Gold and Silver Medals will be awarded to the championship and second place teams. Participation Medals will be given out to all other teams.

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