2014 Invite

Amherst Regional Middle School 2014 Ultimate Invitational

The tournament was held on Sunday May 18 2014

About the Tournament

This spring we will be celebrating the 17th Annual Amherst Middle School Invitational Tournament. The following teams have expressed an interest in attending:

  • ARMS Travel Team
  • ARMS Intramural Teams (‘Dark Sky’ and ‘Lazalea’)
  • Ottoson Middle School (Arlington MA)
  • Columbia High School JVB (7th and 8th graders) (NJ)
  • Community Day Charter (Lawrence, MA)
  • Cumberland Ultimate (ME)
  • Eaglebrook School (Deerfield, MA)
  • Four Rivers Charter School Boys (Greenfield, MA)
  • Four Rivers Charter School Girls (Greenfield, MA)
  • Hartsbrook School (Hadley, MA)
  • Hilltop Montessori School (Brattleboro, VT)
  • Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School (Haydenville, MA)
  • Newton Girls (MA)
  • Northampton (MA)
  • PVPA MS Boys (South Hadley, MA)
  • PVPA MS Girls (South Hadley, MA)
  • Rhode Island (combined team from multiple schools) (RI)
  • Westborough (MA)
  • Westfield A (NJ)
  • Westfield B (NJ)

Signing Up

No players beyond 8th grade may play in the tournament.
email address: ultimate@jpcr.com

Tournament Frequently Asked Questions

When is the tournament?
 The tournament will take place on Sunday, May 18, 2014 .
Where is the tournament?
 The tournament will take place on the playing fields of Amherst Regional High School
Who is allowed to play in the tournament?
 This is a tournament for Middle School teams. No players beyond 8th grade may play in the tournament. Both coed and single-gender teams are OK. Our preference is for single-school teams, but composite teams may be accepted with the permission of the TD.
Is this tournament appropriate for my team ?
 There will be teams at the tournament representing all levels of play, from brand-new teams with no experience to teams that play at a high level (for middle school). The tournament does not have a traditional ‘championship’ format – instead, your team will play games against other teams that are at a similar level of experience and ability. 
Who is in charge of the tournament?
 The director of the Amherst Middle School Invitational is Jim Pistrang (coach, Amherst Regional Middle School Ultimate). All decisions regarding eligibility, acceptance of bids, seeding, and rules will be made by Jim.
 A staff of adult volunteers will help supervise the tournament.
How do you decide which bids to accept?
 At this point, we will accept anyone who wants to come, but space may be limited, so contact me asap and reserve a space. 
How much does it cost?
 The entry fee for the tournament is $75 per team.
What do we get for our money?
 We will provide water, a disc, and a Team Box for each team, containing fruit and bagels. A trainer will be on-site for the entire day. The fee is higher this year because we are paying to keep the school bathrooms open.
Do we need an adult chaperone?
 Absolutely. You must have an adult chaperone if you want to play in the tournament, and the chaperone must be with your team for the entire time.
How many games will my team play?
 Visiting teams will generally play three games. If a team wants to play four games we may be able to accommodate them, and if a team only wants to play two games that is OK. One or two games may be against one of the Amherst Middle School intramural teams. 
What is the format of the tournament?
 There is not a ‘championship’ format. Visiting teams will play against teams that are at about the same level in terms of age and experience.

Tournament Format and Schedule

Tournament Format

  • The tournament will be played on six fields. 
  • Due to the time and field limits, there will not be a ‘championship game’ at the end of the tournament. There will be an SOTG award at the end of the tournament, based on voting by all teams. 
  • Visiting teams will play three games. All efforts will be made to schedule games that are fair and competitive. 
Captains’ Meeting at 9:00
Game 1 start at 9:30 end at 10:45 
field 1Dark Sky vs Hilltown
field 2Lazalea vs Hilltop
field 3Cumberland vs Eaglebrook
field 4CHS vs Four Rivers Boys
field 5Westborough vs Four Rivers Girls
field 6Hartsbrook vs Westfield 1
Game 2 start at 11:00 end at 12:15 
field 1Dark Sky vs Rhode Island
field 2Lazalea vs Community Day
field 3Westfield 2 vs Hilltown
field 4Hartsbrook vs Cumberland
field 5CHS vs Northampton
field 6Ottison vs Newton Girls
Game 3 start at 12:30 end at 1:45 
field 1Eaglebrook vs Rhode Island
field 2Westfield A vs Community Day
field 3Four Rivers Boys vs Ottison
field 4PVPA Boys vs Northampton
field 5Westfield B vs Westborough
field 6Four Rivers Girls vs PVPA Girls
Game 4 start at 2:00 end at 3:15 
field 1ARMS Travel vs CHS
field 2Cumberland vs Rhode Island
field 3Four Rivers Boys vs PVPA Boys
field 4Westborough vs Community Day
field 5Hilltop vs Westfield B
field 6PVPA Girls vs Newton Girls
Game 5 start at 3:30 end at 4:45 
field 1ARMS Travel vs Westfield A
field 2Hartsbrook vs Northampton
field 3PVPA Boys vs Hilltop
field 4Hilltown vs PVPA Girl
field 5Eaglebrook vs Ottison
field 6Four Rivers Girls vs Newton Girls
4:45 SOTG Award

Game Rules

  • Games will be played to 13. 
  • A 5 minute half-time will take place when the first team reaches 7 or 30 minutes after the scheduled Start Time, whichever comes first. 
  • Game will be soft capped at two above the high score at 10 minutes before the end time. 
  • Game will be hard capped at the end time. 
  • Each team is allowed one two-minute time out per half. 
  • Please keep set-up time between points to a minimum, since the games are short.