2016 Invite

Amherst Regional Middle School 2016 Ultimate Invitational

The tournament was held on Sunday May 22, 2016

About the Tournament

This spring we will be celebrating the 19th Annual Amherst Middle School Invitational Tournament. The following teams have been accepted:

  • ARMS Travel Team
  • ARMS Intramural Teams
  • Falmouth MS Ultimate (ME)
  • Andover Ultimate
  • Community Day Charter Public School
  • Westfield Middle School (NJ)
  • Four Rivers Boys MS
  • Four Rivers JV Girls
  • Arlington Ottoson Ocelots
  • Shady Hill School
  • Westborough Ultimate
  • Hilltop Montessori School (VT)
  • Greely Middle School Ultimate (ME)
  • Newton Girls Ultimate
  • Hilltown Charter
  • Needham Middle School 
  • Sharon Middle School 
  • Newton
  • Portland Middle Schools (ME)

The following teams are on the wait list:

Cole Middle School (RI)
Hartsbrook School
Northampton Rec
Main St. Middle School (VT)
Westfield Middle School B (NJ)

Sign Up Instructions: The tournament is full, but if you want to be added to the wait list go here and submit a bid form.
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 22, 2016 .
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 three 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?
 For the most part, teams will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.
How much does it cost?
 The entry fee for the tournament is $100 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. One of your 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 five 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 8:45
Game 1 start at 9:10 end at 10:20
field 2Tropical Heliconia vs PVCICS
field 3Antique Sunset vs Community Day
field 4Westfield vs Hilltown
field 5Portland vs Andover
field 6Four Rivers Girls vs Newton Girls
Game 2 start at 10:30 end at 11:40
field 2Tropical Heliconia vs Falmouth
field 3Antique Sunset vs Greeley
field 4PVCICS vs Sharon
field 5Hilltown vs Arlington
field 6Newton Girls vs Hilltop
Game 3 start at 11:50 end at 1:00 
field 2Falmouth vs Needham
field 3Portland vs Four Rivers Boys
field 4Community Day vs Shady Hill
field 5Newton Girls vs Westborough
field 6Andover vs Four Rivers Girls
Game 4 start at 1:10 end at 2:20 
field 2ARMS Travel vs Westfield
field 3Andover vs Sharon
field 4Needham vs Newton
field 5Community Day vs Greeley
field 6Four Rivers Girls vs Westborough
Game 5 start at 2:30 end at 3:40
field 2ARMS Travel vs Portland
field 3Westfield vs Four Rivers Boys
field 4Greeley vs Newton
field 5Falmouth vs Shady Hill
field 6Arlington vs Hilltop
Game 6 start at 3:50 end at 5:00 
field 2Hilltop vs Westborough
field 3Four Rivers Boys vs Newton
field 4Hilltown vs Sharon
field 5PVCICS vs Shady Hill
field 6Arlington vs Needham
5:10 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. 
  • If both teams agree it is OK to skip half-time.
  • No soft cap.
  • 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.