Welcome to the 2018 Western Lower Mainland Mosquito Home Page!
Home team is to enter scores within 24 hours of the game. If the score isn't entered within an acceptable time frame, the visiting team may enter the score.
If there are any problems/issues with the scoreboard or rescheduled games, please contact the WLM Mosquito coordinator, Margaret Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rescheduled games should be done with the mutual consent of both teams and be played as soon as possible. Coach/manager of the home team is to confirm field and umpire availability before rescheduling a game.
Schedules are for reference only and are subject to changes.
WLM 11U INTERLOCK
SPRING/HOUSE LEAGUE RULES
** For anything not covered below please see:
A. Baseball Canada Official Rules of Baseball
B. B.C. Minor Baseball Association Handbook
1. It is the coaches’ responsibility to check the out of bounds area of each field with the umpire prior to the start of a game.
2. Nine (9) players only play on the field.
3. START OF GAME
(a) All evening games start no later than 5:30 pm in April and 6:00 pm for the rest of the season. (b) Teams will be allowed to play with eight players during the regular season without forfeiting. Eligible players must be listed on the official game roster. Team coaches are to exchange rosters and provide a copy to the umpire prior to the start of the game. During playoffs: If a team cannot field eight (8) eligible players by the start of the third inning, then that team forfeits the game. (c) During spring season and playoffs: When fielding eight (8) players the 9th batter is considered an out.
4. CANCELLING A GAME
(a) In the event a game should be cancelled due to weather, the home team will notify the opposing team’s coach/manager at least TWO hours prior to the start of the game. In April, please try to discuss cancelling the game BEFORE 3:30PM. In May and June, games should be cancelled BEFORE 4PM.
(b) It is the home team’s responsibility to contact scheduler and cancel umpires.
(c) Games should be rescheduled ASAP, preferably the next day if weather and field availability permits, but definitely before playoffs begin.
5. END OF GAME
6 innings shall be played unless:
(a) The mercy rule comes into effect: If there is a 10 run difference at the end of 5 innings (or 4 ½ if the home team is ahead) then the game is over. During playoffs: there is NO mercy rule.
(b) The game needs to be called due to weather, darkness, serious injury, etc.
(c) For a game where the last inning has been called (see point 6c)
6. LAST INNING
(a) No new inning can start after 2 hours from the start of the game. At the 2 hour mark, the umpire will call that no new inning can start. Whatever max runs inning it is when this call is made is the final max run inning. For example, if it’s the 5th inning at the 2 hour mark, then the max runs is still 4 and the game is over after that inning. The bottom half of the 4th or 5th inning is played out until either max runs or 3 outs, even if the home team is ahead. Only in the 6th inning, if the home team is ahead or takes the lead, then the game is over.
(b) Score at the end of a game is final, as long as 4 complete innings have been played. (c) Only the 6th inning has a max 10 runs per team in the regular season. During playoffs: Unlimited runs are permitted.
7. PLAYER ARRIVING LATE
(a) If a player arrives late at a game, he/she shall be eligible to play regardless of when he/she arrives if the player(s) are listed on the active game roster. If the team has 9 players at the game, the player who arrives late and missed his/her first at bat is considered “skipped”, it will not be counted as an out. Only if the late player is the 9th batter, should he/she be considered an out. Late players should be moved to the bottom of the batting order if he/she hasn’t arrived 15 minutes before the game. Please use the late player card with some discretion: if, by the third inning the player still hasn’t arrived, you should consider that player as being absent and he/she should subsequently be deleted from the lineup card and the opposing team and umpire notified.
8. DROPPED THIRD STRIKE
(a) The batter is out.
(b) The ball is still alive with less than 3 out and base runners may advance at their own risk.
9. INFIELD FLY
(a) Unless the base runner is in danger of making contact with the defensive player catching the ball, infield fly rule should not be called.
10. LEAD OFFS
(a) Leadoffs are not permitted at the 11U (mosquito) division. If there is a lead off as described, the ball is dead and a no pitch shall be called and the runner(s) will be declared out. (b) When the pitcher is in contact with the pitching rubber, with the ball in their possession, preparatory to the act of pitching, all base runners shall return to their bases and cannot leave until the pitched ball crossed the plate. Note: When a runner is making a legitimate attempt to advance to the next base the pitcher cannot return to the count and stand in a position preparatory to pitching for the purpose of having the runner return to their previous base. The intent of this rule is to eliminate the game of “chicken” played by base runners at this level. (c) If the catcher has possession of the ball after the pitch in fair territory any runner between third and home who stops advancing must return to third base. If a runner does not return to third base and the catcher does not make a play or does not throw the ball back to his pitcher the umpire may call time. If the catcher chooses to make a play on a runner returning to third base the ball is alive and in play. The runner may advance.
11. STEALING BASES
(a) A runner may not advance until the ball has crossed through home plate. (b) A base can be stolen on a pass ball, or any other throwing error. Once the pitcher has possession of the ball and is standing on the pitching rubber, all runners must return to their bases. (c) No stealing second base on a walk. The walked batter cannot steal 2nd base until the first pitch is thrown to the next batter. (d) During the month of April, there is no stealing home on passed balls or wild pitches.
12. SLIDE OR AVOID RULE
(a) A runner must slide into base to avoid contact with other players defending the base. A runner may be called out for failing to avoid contact or making a dangerous play.
(a) A base runner may slide into base feet first. Head first slides are illegal. However, a player may dive back to the base to avoid being tagged on a pick play.
14. SCORING (2-2-4-4-4-10/Open)
(a) The first two innings will be limited to two (2) runs per inning (b) Four (4) runs per inning in the 3rd , 4th and 5th innings (c) The 6th inning (or last inning, if the game is shortened due to lack of time) is open with a 10 run scoring limit. During playoffs: the 6th inning is open with no scoring limit. (d) If a game is called during an incomplete inning the score reverts back to the end of the last completed inning unless: the home team has tied up, taken the lead, or scored more runs in the inning than the visitors. (e) The home team is responsible for reporting the score on game day. Please report the score to the interlock convenor.
(f) At the end of a game, scorekeepers from both teams should confer and agree to the final score and pitch counts. (g) Coaches shall have their pitch counts available at the start of each game.
15. PITCH COUNT RULES
(a) Pitches thrown in warm up, bullpen, or ruled no-pitch by umpire are NOT counted
1 - 25 pitches = no rest
26 - 40 pitches = 2 nights rest
41 - 55 pitches = 3 nights rest
56 - 65 pitches = 4 nights rest
66 - 75 pitches = 5 nights rest
75 pitches MAX FOR A DAY One night rest includes the night of the game. For example: If the game was played on Tuesday and a pitcher pitched 30 pitches, then that pitcher is allowed to pitch again on Thursday. Tournament games must be included.
(a) A pitcher is permitted to exceed the max limit for a day to finish pitching to a batter.
(e.g. Pitcher starts batter at 70 pitches and finishes at 77. The pitcher must be removed, 75 pitches are recorded, and 5 nights rest are required).
- A player cannot pitch on four (4) consecutive days.
- A player may pitch on 3 consecutive days if his/her combined counts for the previous 2 days do not exceed the “no rest” limits.
(b) A pitcher will be substituted if 2 batters are hit by a pitched ball in one inning.
(c) A pitcher will be substituted if 3 batters are hit by a pitched ball in one game.
(d) A second year player may not pitch in the first inning.
Once the game has started, pitchers are limited to 5 warm up pitches on the mound, thrown to the catcher or substitute catcher (coach).
Balks may be called by the umpire for educational purposes, but the pitcher will not be penalized. Runners do not advance on a balk and it will be considered a no pitch.
Coaches may approach the mound to speak with a pitcher twice. The 2nd meeting must be to make a pitching change.
Unlimited Bunting is allowed.
17. BORROWING PLAYERS
(a) Players may be called up from 9U (Tadpole) in accordance with the BC Minor Baseball Rulebook (max of 5 regular games and 1 tournament). Coordinators to keep track of player call-ups. (b) Teams are allowed to borrow players from within the 11U interlock league. However, this should only be done for the sole intention of having enough players to field a team. During playoffs, teams may NOT borrow players from other 11U interlock teams. (c) Players may not be borrowed for the purpose of improving the overall skill level of the team. (d) Borrowed players cannot pitch. (e) Borrowed players must wear their own team jersey.
18. FAIR PLAY
(a) All players must sit out once before another player sits out twice. All players in attendance must play at least three complete defensive innings of a six-inning game. No player may sit off for two consecutive innings.
(b) All players must play the infield for a minimum of 1 inning and the outfield for a minimum of 1 inning per game.
(c) It is recommended that all players get a chance to play as many different positions as possible.
19. UMPIRES see Rule 13.11
Once the rosters have been submitted to the umpire, they are in charge of the field. Their decision is final. Coaches may not challenge the umpires’ decision on the field. Coaches may inquire the umpires’ interpretation of a rule in a calm and polite manner but the umpires’ final interpretation of the rule will stand.
- While it is advised to have a copy of the rules on hand a coach may not attempt to prove their interpretation of the rules by showing them to the umpire or other coaches.
- There will be no attempt to help the umpire or teach the umpire!
- Any form of intimidation towards the umpire is not acceptable!!
Coaches, players and audience should not indicate in any way their assessment of a play on the field such as hand gestures or verbal comments like out, safe, strike, or ball.
Umpires may be young and inexperienced. If they are abused they may not choose to become more experienced umpires. Remember…good decisions come from making use of experience and practice. Experience comes through making decisions, which are not always the correct ones.
Violation of conduct by coaches or players will be reviewed, and may result in suspension or expulsion as determined by your local association.
A coach who has been suspended cannot coach the next game.
Playoff format: two pools of 4 teams each, seeded according to total points during regular season. If a tie exists in points, the higher seeded team will be based on best runs for/against during the regular season. Pool A consists of teams seeded 1st, 4th, 5th and 8th. Pool B will have teams seeded 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th. Each team will play the other teams in their pool once (3 round robin games). Semi-finals consist of winner of Pool A vs 2nd place of Pool B and winner of Pool B vs 2nd place of Pool A.
All scores, pitch counts and innings played are to be e-mailed to Margaret at email@example.com by either team as soon as the game is over.
All games are to be rescheduled for the next day, if possible, but definitely before Friday, June 15th.
All regular season interlock rules apply except that:
There are no time limits. Every game is to be played a full 6 innings. The 6th inning plus any extra innings are open (no run limits).
In the event of a tie, play as many innings as possible until the umpires call the game due to darkness.
Borrowing players from within the mosquito division is NOT allowed during playoffs. Call-ups from the tadpole division are permitted to field a team of 9-10 players, but they cannot pitch.
Tiebreaker rules: the first tie-breaker is head-to-head. The 2nd tie-breaker is runs against divided by defensive innings played between tied teams. If the teams are still tied, rules 29.01 (B), (C) and (D) apply.