11U - Mosquito Select - Rob Mercer

Coach Letter

Updated Thursday January 3, 2019 by Kanata Baseball Association.

Welcome to a new year of baseball for 2019! My name is Rob Mercer and I will be one of the coaches for the Mosquito Selects program this year. We are excited to get things started for the season and I would like to take the time to provide a brief overview of what to expect for the upcoming season.

The Select program will be formed with players from two years (2008 and 2009s). As a result, I am expecting to form a team that really wants to play ball, to have tonnes of fun and learn the great game of baseball all within a structured environment. We will have fun but will work hard too. The primary focus will be on player development and as such you can expect 2-3 practices a week that last for 2 hours and 2 games a week, once the season starts up. Practices and games could take place on both weekdays and weekends.

For parents new to Mosquito, please keep in mind that the rules are different from Rookie ball. The most obvious change is that this is a player pitch division.

I will bring a positive atmosphere to the diamond every day. Players will only be supported and encouraged at all times. Baseball can be a hard game to play at times and rest assured that the dugout will always be a positive place for every player. 

Lastly, the League operates under a fair play policy for the team and so will this team. This means that all players will have equal time on the field during all games.

Tryouts: Tryouts and conditioning for the Mosquito division will be starting on January 12th with a warm up weekend and 5 evaluation weekends starting on January 14th. Please register your child as soon as possible. Conditioning will be run by coaches, but no evaluations will take place at that time. The evaluations sessions will be used to assign your child for the upcoming season. Please check the KBA website for updates on this process. The locations for these sessions will be at the Beckwith Fieldhouse and the Cubhouse.

I am looking for eagerness to play, hustle and a positive attitude.

Players must attend a minimum of 1 Beckwith Field session and 1 Cubhouse session to be evaluated but are highly encouraged to attend ALL sessions.

I am looking to extend offers to approximately 12-13 players for the upcoming season.

Team Training: Team training will start in February at the Cubhouse. They are currently scheduled for Saturday afternoons at 3:00 until 4:30 and will until the end of March. Once the official start date is confirmed I will forward it to everyone. Once we hit April, I will be able to asses where we stand as team and move forward with an updated training session. The sooner we can get outside the better, but I will work with the resources available to form a schedule that works for the team.

Players will be expected to wear full protective equipment, ball pants and ball cap for all practices and be ready to work.

My coaching philosophy for practices is to work on things that need to be worked on as a team and design a practice around that aspect. So, each practice will not always be the same, but they will however always have a significant warm-up at the start and will always conclude with BP/pitching practice.

Regular Season Games: Games are expected to start in May and run until August. At this level I expect that the players arrive ready to play 45 minutes prior to first pitch. This would provide ample time for the players to get warm and ready for the game. After each game we will have a quick team meeting down the line and then maybe freezies!

Player Development: I urge everyone to take advantage of the various clinics offered by the Kanata Cubhouse. Many of these will start soon and are great value for money!

In addition to me and the coaching staff, I plan to bring external resources to help with development, especially for the pitchers.

Tournaments: The final determination of tournament participation will be concluded shortly after the team is formed.  Our preliminary target is 4-6 tournaments which will be a combination of local and away tournaments throughout the season.  Our team may also qualify for a spot in the Provincial Championships which will take place over the Labour Day Weekend and will likely be in Southern Ontario. If at anytime a conflict arises for these tournaments, please understand that a solution that suits everyone can be found.

Cost Expectations: The following provides a guideline for what families could expect:

  • Team Training – $125-$150
  • Kanata Baseball Regular Season Registration - $450-$500
  • Team Fees - we will collect team fees of approximately $250-$350 to cover tournament entry and other team and player development costs. 


Important to Note: Players are also responsible for uniforms. These will be owned by each player. Team management will source independently and communicate all costs and requirements.

Fundraising/Sponsorship: Fundraising & sponsorship will be key to offset some of the costs and manage team fees for the competitive season. Final fundraising/sponsorship plans and ideas will be discussed at the parents meeting shortly after the team is formed.

Examples could include raffles, assisting in hosting the Kanata Mosquito Tournament. However, these are all something that will be coordinated as a team.

Parents Roles: I will be looking for various team positions, once the dust settles, such as a manager and a treasure. So please keep these in mind.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at robmercer556@gmail.com.  Looking forward to a great season in 2019 and hope to see you at tryouts!

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