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 14U rules follows as reviewed and approved by tri-county representatives.
From US Lacrosse: 14U lacrosse is where young athletes begin emerging into a competitive environment. The game they play should be reinforcing fundamental technical skills and practical tactical applications for playing lacrosse. Essentially they are preparing to be competitors. 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: 12v12 includes goalies
Field Size: 110-140 yards x 60-70 yards
Field Lines: HS lines
Equipment: Traditional sticks and balls
Play of Game: A draw is used to start play. A four-goal mercy rule is applied and transitional checking is allowed. Three seconds closely guarded does not apply. Kicking the ball is allowed.
Restraining Line: 4 field players behind
No covering the ball with opponent in playing distance
Passes – no pass rule before shooting
Game Duration – Two 25-minute running clock halves and a 5-minute halftime. Clock only stops for injuries. One (1) timeout per team. No overtime.
Time serving cards, team plays down. Coaches must remain on sidelines within team area.