2015 Invite

Amherst Regional Middle School 2015 Ultimate Invitational

The tournament was held on Sunday May 17, 2015

About the Tournament

This spring we will be celebrating the 18th Annual Amherst Middle School Invitational Tournament. The following teams are accepted:

  • ARMS Travel Team
  • ARMS Intramural Teams (‘Purple Sapphire’ and ‘Antique Heather’)
  • Community Day Charter (Lawrence, MA)
  • Cumberland Ultimate (ME)
  • Falmouth Middle School (ME)
  • Four Rivers Charter School Boys (MA)
  • Four Rivers Charter School Girls (MA)
  • Hartsbrook School (MA)
  • Hilltop Montessori School (VT)
  • Lander Grinspoon Academy (MA)
  • Maplewood (NJ)
  • Needham (MA)
  • Newton Girls Ultimate (MA)
  • Northampton Middle School (MA)
  • Ottoson Middle School (Arlington, MA)
  • PVPA (MA)
  • Sharon Middle School (MA)
  • Westborough (MA)
  • Westfield Middle School A (NJ)

The following teams are on the wait list. 

  • Portland Ultimate (ME)
  • Cole Middle School (East Greenwich, RI)
  • Andover Youth Ultimate (MA)
  • Hilltown Community Charter School (MA)
  • Westfield Middle School B (NJ) 
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 17, 2015 .
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 this high 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 1ARMS Purple Sapphire vs Hilltop
field 2ARMS Antique Heather vs LGA
field 3Four Rivers Girls vs Newton Girls
field 4Cumberland vs Maplewood
field 5Four Rivers Boys vs Falmouth
field 6Northampton vs Ottoson
Game 2 start at 11:00 end at 12:15 
field 1ARMS Purple Sapphire vs Westborough
field 2ARMS Antique Heather vs Sharon
field 3PVCICS vs Newton Girls
field 4Falmouth vs Ottoson
field 5Westfield vs Hartsbrook
field 6PVPA vs Needham
Game 3 start at 12:30 end at 1:45 
field 1Northampton vs Community Day
field 2Cumberland vs Hilltop
field 3Four Rivers Girls vs PVCICS
field 4Four Rivers Boys vs Maplewood
field 5Hartsbrook vs Needham
field 6Newton Girls vs LGA
Game 4 start at 2:00 end at 3:15 
field 1ARMS Travel vs Maplewood
field 2Cumberland vs Community Day
field 3Ottoson vs Sharon
field 4Four Rivers Boys vs Westfield
field 5Falmouth vs Hartsbrook
field 6PVPA vs Westborough
Game 5 start at 3:30 end at 4:45 
field 1ARMS Travel vs Westfield
field 2Four Rivers Girls vs Sharon
field 3Northampton vs Needham
field 4PVCICS vs Westborough
field 5Community Day vs LGA
field 6PVPA vs Hilltop
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.