U12 Division ~ Born 09/01/06 thru 08/31/08

2018-2019 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.  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 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: 12v12, includes goalie
Field Size: 60 yards wide by 110-140 yards long (full field)
Player Equipment: Sticks, mouthpiece, eyewear and NOCSAE ball
Goal Size: 6 feet by 6 feet

Game Duration: Two 20-minute running time halves, with a five-minute halftime period. Clock only stops for injuries. One (1) two-minute timeout per team. No Overtime  Home team provides 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 can choose direction of play or have the first Alternating Possession.

US Lacrosse Recommends 2 certified officials and a staffed table for time and scorekeeper.

Fouls: Time serving cards, team plays down

Other notes: Draws after goals (mercy rule can be applied); modified checking is allowed; 3 seconds closely guarded applies; two completed passes required before shooting (passes may occur anywhere on the field. Team may shoot after two or more completed passes as long as it keeps possession); must play 1v1 defense outside of the critical scoring area (unless playing shorthanded). Coaches must remain on sidelines within team area.

Players and authorized coaches only on one sideline; all other spectators should be on the opposite sideline. No spectators behind goals.