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 U12 rules follows as reviewed and approved by tri-county representatives.
From US Lacrosse - 12U lacrosse is where young athletes are honing their technical skills and begin building the tactical skills needed in lacrosse. The game they play should be reinforcing fundamental technical skills and practical tactical applications for playing lacrosse. With respect to the competition at this level, coaches, parents, and officials should emphasize: - Fun - Using technical skills in game situation - Exploring and applying new tactical skills - Sportsmanship
Players: 8v8 or 12v12, depending on size of field used. If one of the teams is unable to field a goalkeeper, both teams must play without a goalkeeper and adhere to those rule guidelines.
Field Size: 60-70 yards x 35-45 yards (cross field) or 110-140 yards x 60-70 yards
Equipment: NOCSAE lacrosse ball; USL specifications for sticks and pockets; eyewear required
Goal Size: 6x6
Play of Game: A draw is used to start play. A four-goal mercy rule is applied and modified checking is allowed. Three seconds closely guarded applies. Kicking the ball is allowed.
No covering the ball with opponent in playing distance
Passes – two completed passes
1v1 defense does not apply. Coaches must remain on the sidelines within the team area.
Game Duration – two 20-minute running clock halves, with a 5-minute halftime. Clock only stops for injuries. One (1) two-minute timeout per team. No overtime.
Significant changes at the 12U level include the option for full field play; modified checking is introduced and a team serving a card now plays short.
NOTABLE RULE CHANGES FOR 2019
Introduction of self-start to commence play after a foul or out of bounds.
Creation of a cleared area, the penalty zone applicable for 8-meter penalties at the 10U, 12U and 14U levels.
Introduction of transitional checking at the 14U level. Three seconds closely guarded does not apply.
Self-start is not an option when:
The game clock is stopped;
There is a restraining line violation; (not applicable at 6U)
The foul is in the critical scoring area, excluding boundary restarts;
There is an alternating possession;
There is an inadvertent whistle; or
A goal is scored.
2019 US LACROSSE 2019 Points of Emphasis
OBSTRUCTION OF FREE SPACE TO GOAL – OPPORTUNITY TO SHOOT - The Free Space to Goal (shooting space) foul continues to be one of the most difficult rules to understand and officiate in girl’s lacrosse. In an effort to clarify the major foul, the 2019 USL Girls Lacrosse Rules Committee is emphasizing the importance of understanding the criteria needed when evaluating the potential foul. The official must first note the location of the ball. The ball must be above the goal line extended and within the critical scoring area. Second, the attacker must be in active pursuit to goal while her hands, stick and feet are in position to shoot safely. If there are players in the lane to goal, a safe shooting opportunity does not exist. This action must be created by the attacker showing engagement to goal, and the call must be made if the defense is in illegal defensive positioning.
EMPTY STICK CHECK – INTENTIONAL VS. INCIDENTAL CONTACT This point of emphasis is to clarify incidental versus intentional stick contact during the pursuit of a playable ball. When the ball is in the air or on the ground and is playable by both teams, incidental stick contact by players who are actively pursuing possession of the ball is legal. However, when the ball is in a playable situation it is illegal for one player to initiate contact with the opponent’s crosse in an effort to prevent her from gaining possession. The official must be able to evaluate the intent of the player initiating the contact. In addition, an area of particular concern is during the draw. When the ball is in the air, an empty stick check should only be called when a player’s action is to intentionally check her opponent’s stick to prevent her from gaining possession.