U8 Division ~ Born 09/01/09 thru 08/31/11
2017-2018 US Lacrosse Player Segment
The goal of the recreational league is to teach and foster development of the sport thru 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. Note: There are NO MAKE UP GAMES for the U8 Division. 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 U8 rules follows as reviewed and approved by tri-county representatives.
From US Lacrosse - 8U lacrosse is the age when many young athletes first experience the sport of lacrosse. The children entering at this point often differ greatly in their physical and cognitive development. Consequently, the game they play should be designed to “level the playing field” and provide opportunity for any child that wants to participate. The emphasis at this age level is on instilling a love and excitement of playing, while also developing the fundamental movement skills that will be valuable in future athletic endeavors. The competition playing rules for 8U encourage multiple opportunities for each athlete to “touch” the ball, work with teammates and develop general physical literacy. With respect to the competition at this level, coaches, parents, and officials should emphasize: - FUN - Following simple rules of play - Good Sportsmanship
Players: 4v4 with no goalie
Field Size: 60 yards long by 35-45 yards wide (cross field) Goals should be 40 yards apart and 10 yards from the end line. Goal circle standard 8.5’ radius.
Goal Size: Turn standard size goals to make triangle
Player Equipment: Sticks, mouthpiece, eyewear and soft ball (or tennis ball)
Game Duration: Two 18-minute running time halves, with a four-minute halftime period. Clock only stops for injuries. Injured player must leave field until the next substitutions and shall be replaced by another player. Home team will provide a timekeeper.
Coin Toss at Beginning of Game: Prior to the start of competition the official will call one player from each team and conduct a coin toss. The winner of the coin toss will start the competition with possession of the ball at the Center Spot. The team that did not start the game with the ball will have the first Alternating Possession and will start with possession in the second half
No timeouts per US Lacrosse rules.
Officials: 1 certified official, no scorekeeper as score is not kept.
Fouls: For major fouls, player leaves field for a brief time; no cards are issued and team does not play short
Other notes: No overtime. No draw – after a goal the defense is given the ball at the Center Spot; one completed pass required before shooting (pass may occur anywhere on the field. Team may shoot after one or more completed passes as long as it keeps possession); teams must play 1v1 defense. No live ball substitutions. One coach per team is allowed on the field to assist ALL players. Best practices for sticks include no requirements or limitations on pocket depth and ideal stick length should be approximately from ground to player’s waist.
Players and authorized coaches only on one sideline; all other spectators should be on the opposite sideline. No spectators behind goals.