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Girl's Information - a Recreation Program Playing in Anne Arundel Coounty, teams divided by GRADE not AGE

 

ALL LEAGUES
1. Mouth guards are required for all players. No protruding rubber.
2. NFHS approved protective eyewear is mandatory.
3. No Jewelry.
4. Head Coaches are required to exchange and check opposing roster prior to every game.
5. Maximum number of coaches allowed on the sidelines per team is three (3).
6. Spectators must be on the opposite side of the field of all players and coaches (unless on stadium
seated field).
7. No Coaches on the field during the game. Exception – Sticklettes are allowed one coach from
each team as an official.
8. Goalie must be fully protected according to NFHS Rules.
9. Time outs can be used following a goal, on a dead ball, and with possession.
Note: Substitutions may not be made during live-game time outs.
10. On the Fly substitution are allowed for all levels.
11. Yellow, Lime Green or Orange NOCSAE approved ball will be used. Girl’s LAX regulations stick
only.
12. Players shake hands, not sticks following games.
13. A player serving a 2 minute penalty time must serve it in the substitution area.
14. Two yellow cards by the same player in the same game will lead to disqualification for that player for that game. 
15. A red card issued to a player, coach or spectator will be an automatic ejection from that game. Players receiving a red card are suspended for that game and at least the next subsequent game. Players,
coaches and spectators ejected from a game are suspended for that game and at least the next two (2)
subsequent games, and are subject to additional disciplinary actions. Please refer to page 50 of the
AA Recreation and Parks Guidelines and Reference Manual for more detail.

 


Sticklettes (Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Graders) - NO TRAVEL

The Sticklettes program was developed in 2009 at the request of our parents of the younger players. The program is an introductory program for Kindergartners, 1st Graders, and 2nd Graders regardless of experience. This is a low key program where the focus is on learning the fundamentals of lacrosse and having fun!

Practices will begin the middle of March, weather and field conditions permitting.  In April, this group will practice once per week and play a game against another Sticklettes team once per week (usually Saturday mornings).  There may be opportunities for teams to participate in play-days against other youth organizations.  

The emphasis is basic skills: scooping, catching, throwing, and cradling & lots of fun! Coaches start to teach positions at this level as the kids play 7v7 on a short field with shot blockers in the goal (teams may have goalies in front of the shot blocker, dependent on interest – goalie equipment is available). Every player will receive a practice/game t-shirt.

  • Equipment Requirements: Lacrosse stick (can be less than 40 inches), regulation lacrosse eyewear, and a mouthguard.
  • Practice Schedule: 2 days/week. One week night and Saturday.
  • Start Date: Mid-March, dependent on weather and field conditions.
  • End Date: Play will wrap up just before Memorial Day
  • Games: One night/week beginning in April
  • Coaches: We like to have a minimum of 2 coaches per team at this level.

KIYL Rules for Sticklettes

  1. Focus is on FUN and LEARNING the game of lacrosse.
  2. 10 minute quarters – running time with no stopped clock. No time-outs. 2 minutes between quarters and 5 minute half time.
  3. Teams will play 7 field players at a time. (if team plays with goalie, 8)
  4. Dependent on team size, players will be played as evenly as possible with players having the opportunity to try all positions.
  5. A coach from each team will help officiate.
  6. Shot blockers will be in all goals (teams may have goalies in front of the shot blocker, dependent on interest – goalie equipment is available)
  7. Three (3) passes from possession before a shot can be taken.
  8. One (1) pass must be made after any whistle. All free positions are indirect (must pass before shooting)
  9. Playing field is approximately fifty (50) yards in length from goal to goal and forty (40) yards wide. Crease lines and approximate 8 meter will be lined on field for players to begin to understand the rules and spacing on the field.
  10. Teams must play man-to-man defense only. NO DOUBLE TEAMING!
  11. No checking is allowed at this age group.
  12. Draw will be used to start the game and after all goals.
  13. No 3-second violations in the 8 meter.

Pee Wees (3rd Graders and 4th Graders) - Travel across the bridge

This level is for 3rd and 4th graders. Girls play 8 vs. 8 and on a modified field. The focus is still fundamentals at this level.  Coaches will start to introduce team offense and defensive concepts. All sticks should be regulation and with no stick shorter than 35 ½” and no longer than 43”. Referees will officiate all games. Schedules will be available on-line however they do not keep track of win/loss records.      

  • Practice schedule: Typically 2 nights a week. 
  • Start date:  March 1st, Coaches decision and dependent on field conditions and openings.
  • End date:  League play will wrap up just before Memorial Day.  
  • Games:  1 to 2 games per week beginning in early April.  Expect 10-15 league games.  Once games start teams typically practice once a week.

    Anne Arundel County Rules for Pee Wee.
    1.  20-minute halves – running time with no stopped clock. One one-minute time out per team per half after a goal or dead ball possession (note no substitutions allowed on dead ball TO possession). 5 minute half times.

    2.  Teams will play eight (8) players at a time. Seven (7) field players and a goalie.
    3.  Five- second rule – A player who has held the ball for more than (5) seconds must make a pass before a shot can be taken. Possession will only be taken away if the player takes a shot before passing. In the event a shot is taken before passing, whether that shot results in a score or not, possession will be awarded to the goalkeeper. Officials will use hand and verbal signals to indicate when (5) seconds has occurred. In the event (5) seconds occurs in the act of shooting, officials will allow the shot.
    4.  Two (2) passes from possession before a shot can be taken. Passes by goalies, hand-offs, and underhanded passes are excluded.
  • 5.  Two (2) passes must be made after any whistle, unless two passes have already been completed at time of whistle. Passes by goalies, hand-offs, and underhanded passes are excluded.
    6.  Playing field should be approximately fifty-(50) yards in length from goal to goal and 40 yards wide.
    7.  Only 5 field players allowed past midfield. Goalie cannot go past midfield.
    8.  No Checking.
    9.  All free positions are indirect, unless foul occurs after two passes have already been completed.
    10.  No zone defense, man-to-man only. No double-teams.
    11.  Draw after every goal; other than after 5 goals down. A coin toss will be used to decide attacking goals and alternate possession. Players other than those involved in the draw need to be 4 meters away
    12.  There will be a draw to start the 2nd half even if a team is down by five or more goals.
    13.  Score of game will not be recorded.
    14.  No Coaches on the field.
    15.  Stick follow through not allowed in goal circle.
    16.  Goalie deputizing is allowed on this level.
    17.  NFHS/USL Girl’s rules used with the above exceptions. We do not use USL Youth rules. 


Middies (5th Graders and 6th Graders)- Travel across the bridge
Anne Arundel County Rules for Middies


1.  25-minute halves - running time with the clock stopped during last minute of second half and during
timeouts. MAXIMUM 5 minute half times.
2.  Transitional checking.
3.  (1) 1-minute time out per half per team after a goal or dead ball possession (note no substitutions
allowed on dead mall TO possession). Injuries are running time unless in last minute of game
4.  Three-second rule – A player who has held the ball for more than (3) seconds with:
a.  Closely guarded/marked by defender.
b.  The defense has both hands on her stick
c.   The defense is in a position to legally check were full checking allowed.
5.   Score and Standings will be recorded. Each team must provide a volunteer at the scorer’s table.
6.   Stick follow-through not allowed in goal circle.
7.   Deputizing of goal keeper allowed.
8.   NFHS Girl’s rules used with the above exceptions. USL Youth 14U rules will be used only as they
apply to the 3 second rule and NOT in contradiction to Rule #4 above.
9.  Any initiated check to the head is a mandatory yellow card.
10.  Note: Head contact deemed incidental by the official, or contact initiated by the attacker should not
be carded. 

  • Start date:  March 1st, Coaches decision and dependent on field conditions and openings.
  • Games:  1 to 2 games per week beginning in early April.  Expect 10-15 league games.  Once games start teams typically practice once a week. 

 

Juniors (7th Graders and 8th Graders) - Travel across the bridge

Highest youth level for 7th and 8th graders. Girls will play under USL High School Women`s rules used with the exceptions below. Teams compete in 1 of 3 competitive levels.  “A”, “B” and “C”. This allows girls to play on teams based on their current skill level which means they are playing competitive ball. “A” is the highest level of play. Fundamentals are still taught at this level, along with team offensive and defensive concepts and plays. The goal at this level is to prepare the girls to play High School Lacrosse, that’s why they play with the same rules. All competitive levels will compete for an end of season tournament, where a county champion will be crowned.

  • Practice schedule: 2 nights a week prior to games. 
  • Start date:  March 1st, Coaches decision and dependent on field conditions and openings.
  • End date:  League play will wrap up just before Memorial Day.  Teams compete all season for seeding in an end of season tournament.   The number of playoff teams is dependent on the number of teams in the competitive level.  Example:  If there are 11 teams in the level only the top 8 may make the playoffs.
  • Games:  1 to 2 games per week beginning in early April.  Expect 10-15 league games.  Once games start teams typically practice once a week.

Anne Arundel County Rules for Juniors


1.  25 minute halves - running time with the clock stopped during last minute of second half and during
timeouts. MAXIMUM 5 minute half times.
2.  (1) 1-minute time out per half per team after a goal or dead ball possession (note no substitutions
allowed on dead ball TO possession). Injuries are running time unless in last minute of game.
3.  Score and Standings will be recorded. Each team must provide a volunteer at the scorer's table to
concur on final tally.
4.  Stick follow-through allowed in goal circle.
5.  Deputizing the goal keeper is allowed.
6.  NFHS High School Girl’s rules used with the above exceptions. We do not use USL Youth rules. 
7.  Any initiated check to the head or neck is a mandatory yellow card.
8.  Note: Head contact deemed incidental by the official, or contact initiated by the attacker should not be
carded. 

 

2020 JUNIOR AND MIDDIE PLAYOFFS
1.  All above county rules apply to ALL playoff games.
2.  Playoffs will be played prior to Memorial Day.
3.  It will be a single elimination playoff.
4.  Games will be played at various fields around the County.
5.  Seeding will be determined after 10 scheduled regular season games.
6.  NFHS overtime rules will apply.     


HOME FIELD RESPONSIBILITIES
It is the responsibility of the organization upon whose field the game is to be played to ensure that
the field is ready for play. In most instances, this will be the home team, but in some cases it may
not. For example, when Team A plays Team B at Organization C’s field, it is the responsibility of
Organization C to ensure that the field is ready for play. “Ready for play” means that the field is:
lined, substitution area is marked, and goals are in position with game quality nets, and field corners
must be marked with soft/flexible cones, pylons or flags.

 

SCORE AND TIME KEEPING
 Every coach should be provided with a stopwatch. Each team should provide a volunteer scorer to
stand behind the substitution area. By mutual agreement, one scorer should keep penalty time. Both
should keep the score, and consult with each other after each score to make sure that they are in
agreement.
 It is their responsibility to keep the score and penalty time.
 Officials will keep official game time on the field.
 In the event only one person is available to score keeping duties, it is official.
 In the event no one is available to perform score keeping duties, then the Home Team Forfeits. 


Rain Out Information!

**Weekday Policy
Commissioners or Coaches must call (or email) Recreation & Parks at (410) 222-7300, or email
(preferred) rphayd00@aacounty.org by 3:00 p.m. on game day and leave a message on the Sports
Supervisor’s voice mail at (410-222-7300 ext. 7072) if your field is in unplayable condition for that
night’s game.
 Only cancellations for the entire county will be posted on the website.
 Cancellations for individual grass fields are the responsibility of the home team. The sports supervisor
must be notified by e-mail before 3:00 pm of cancellation.
 The sports supervisor will notify the head of the officials.
 Inclement weather decisions made by the County will be posted at 4:00 p.m. on weekdays. Please
check the website www.aacounty.org/recparks for county-wide cancellations.
 If games have not been cancelled (there will NOT be an update), go to the field where the official will
determine whether the field is playable. If the game is cancelled at the site, all games will be
cancelled at that location and it is up to the home team commissioner/head coach to call:
 The head of the officials (Commissioners will have the number for the Officials)
 All teams scheduled to play at their field on that day.
 The Sports Supervisor’s voice mail (410-222-7300 ext. 7072).
 If it rains after the game has started, it is to be determined by the official if the game should be stopped
for inclement weather. If the game is cancelled, all games will be cancelled at that location. Once a
decision has been made, the head coaches should notify the commissioner and the commissioner
should notify:
 The head of the officials (Commissioners will have the number for the Officials)
 All teams scheduled to play at their field on that day.
 The Sports Supervisor’s voice mail (410-222-7300 ext. 7072).
 If county-wide cancellation is not posted on the website or on the hotline number, go to the field unless
you’ve received a call that the field is unplayable.
 All games are considered complete after 50% of game has been played.

 

Weekend Policy
  **SATURDAY POLICY – It is the responsibility of each organization’s commissioner to determine if
their field is unplayable. If field is unplayable, notification must be given to Sports Supervisor (and
any opposing teams scheduled to play on that field) by 6:30a.m. Only County-wide cancellations
will be posted on the county website by 7:00 a.m. Sports Supervisor will notify the head of
officials.
  **SUNDAY POLICY – It is the responsibility of each organization’s commissioner to determine if
their field is unplayable. If field is unplayable, notification must be given to Sports Supervisor by
10:00 a.m. Only County-wide cancellations will be posted on the county website by 10:30 a.m.
Sports Supervisor will notify the head of officials. 


Rescheduled Games:
The County will NOT reschedule games cancelled by the coaches or the organization. If the coaches
wish to play a scrimmage, which does not count towards league standings on their own, they may do
so if they can find an open field. If these teams wish to use the contracted officials’ organization, the
teams must contact the organizations assignor, pay a scheduling fee to the organization and have the
assignor schedule the officials.
The County will reschedule games if it is determined that the game cannot be played due to a
verifiable school or religious related obligation that affects more than 50% of a competing team.