The Rules of the Game
If you've never played Field Crumpets before, definitely look first at the official AFCL rules, found on fieldcrumpets.com. Otherwise this may not make a whole lot of sense.
Field Crumpets NY plays essentially by the published AFCL Rules with few exceptions (see below). The few differences evolved because a large number of people started playing in New York before many questions had been answered by the founders and early developers. At times, leagues in different states elected to use different solutions.
On this page, we will list the differences that Field Crumpets NY uses and the reasons behind them, as well as some subtle points not yet outlined by the AFCL that we have encountered in play.
NY Variations on the AFCL Rules
1. No Disarmament
By NY rules, intentional disarming of a crumpeter's crumpet stick is illegal.
This is done for safety and to prevent antagonism between players.
2. Banning Tosses in Large Games
When there are numerous players, roughly 18+, we recommend banning all tosses, in which case the change should be announced clearly to all players.
This is done for safety.
The following rules, previously NY variations, have since been adopted by the AFCL:
(1) tripping is prohibited; (2) foot contact is illegal only if intentional.
Points of Detail
NY interpretations of points unspecified by AFCL Rules and/or under discussion by AFCL.
For many crumpeters, it is easy to have lots of fun and enjoy smooth gameplay without ever scrutinizing the details below. For experienced players, the following can be helpful, but keep in mind that simplicity helps, and that this game is built upon goodwill.
Hand contact is defined as contact below the elbow.
Foot contact is defined as contact on the ankles or lower.
Contesting Hand/Foot Calls
If the player accused of Hand/Foot violation denies the accusation, the accused should clearly verbalize the contest, e.g. "It was my shoulder!", and continue play. Since honesty is expected, the word of the accused player is taken. (Farkling would result only if the accused player feels uncertain.)
Intention, Current Path, and Reaction Time
Intentional contact is the intentional interception of the crumpet on its current path. Therefore, if player A hits the crumpet at player B's hand/foot, and player B has insufficient time to react and dodge, the subsequent contact would be ruled unintentional.
Penalties in the Goal
If a crumpet enters a goal, and a defender commits an intentional hand or foot penalty inside the goal, then no penalty shot is taken, but the goal is worth two points.
Dangerous Play includes:
Tossing Crumpet Sticks
Crumpet sticks may be legally tossed at the crumpet if the toss is:
Limits of Pushing/Shoving
Pushing/shoving is limited to picks, counter-picks, and direct contest for crumpet possession. For example, it is illegal to push a crumpeter who is not in immediate pursuit of the crumpet.
Legal intentional stick interaction includes:
The "Two Stick-Lengths Away" or "Bat-and-an-Arm" Rule
By NY rules, 2 crumpet-stick-lengths (or a bat-and-an-arm length) must be given to a person bringing the crumpet back into play from (a.) out-of-bounds, or (b.) after a foot call. This distance creates a cylindrical space around the crumpet, and until the crumpet is touched, opposing players must keep themselves (and their crumpet-sticks) outside the cylinder.