The goal of the recreational league is to teach and foster development of the sport through instruction in both practice and game situations. Teams usually practice twice a week and play games on Saturdays using Sundays as an optional game make-up day. Practice locations and times are approved via a permitted application process thru St. Mary's County Recreation and Parks as well as private Home Owner Associations.
All division play is in accordance with US Lacrosse Official Rules for Girls and Women’s Lacrosse.The complete rules can be viewed at http://www.uslacrosse.org/rules/girls-rules.aspx. Modifications to these rules are rare and made only upon review and approval of all three counties. An abbreviated list of 10U rules follows as reviewed and approved by tri-county representatives.
From US Lacrosse - 10U lacrosse is where young athletes begin developing fundamental technical skills in lacrosse. The game they play should be designed to develop a combination of athletic movements, skills, and fundamental technical skills for playing lacrosse. The emphasis at this age level is still on instilling a love and excitement of playing. The competition playing rules for 10U encourage multiple opportunities for each athlete to “touch” the ball, work with teammates, develop general physical literacy and a progressive development of existing technical skills. With respect to the competition at this level, coaches, parents, and officials should emphasize: - FUN - Good Sportsmanship - Trying new skills in a team setting - Learning and exploring overall play of the game
Players: 8v8 including a goalie (7 Field and 1 goalkeeper) from each team on the field at a time. If one team is unable to field a goalie both teams must play with a non-goalie format (7v7).
Field Size: 60-70 yards x 35-45 yards (cross field)
Field Lines: goal circle, 8M & restraining line (midline)
Equipment: NOCSAE lacrosse ball; USL specifications for sticks with modified pocket allowed; eyewear required
Goal Size: 6x6 or 4x4 are preferred.
Play of Game: Game and beginning of half will start with a draw. At the draw players line up in both offensive and defensive end, traditional line up. Goalie clears after goals. Opposing team must move above the 8M.
Passes – two completed passes
Must play 1v1 defense in midfield
No covering the ball at anytime
Contested ground ball rule. No more than two players/no kicking the ball
No checking – 3 sec closely guarded applies
Game Duration – two 18-minute running clock halves, with a 5-minute halftime
Significant changes introduced at the 10U level include introduction of the goalkeeper and cards for penalty administration. The restraining line (2 field players behind RL), 8m arc are now included and this corresponds with the introduction of 8m rules - shooting space and 3 second defense. As a consequence of these changes, fouls are delineated major, minor and card able. There is the introduction of pocket requirements though a modified pocket is allowed.