12U Division ~ Born 09/01/09 thru 08/31/11

2021-2022 US Lacrosse Player Segment 


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 LacrosseThe complete rules can be viewed at https://www.usalacrosse.com/girls-and-womens-rules.  Modifications to these rules are rare and made only upon review and approval of all three counties.  An abbreviated list of 12U 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.