Amherst Regional Middle School Ultimate Spring 2022 Frequently Asked Questions 

Send an email to ultimate@jpcr.com if you want to be on the spring email list 

I have never played Ultimate before, does that matter? 

Not at all. Every year about 1/3 of the players are brand new to the sport. 

Who is the coach? 

Jim Pistrang has been coaching ARMS Ultimate since 1994. See the end of this page for contact information. Assistant coaches are Chris Cianfrani and Jodi Stevens.

Can 5th and 6th Graders Play? 

Yes! 5th and 6th graders can participate in the Intramural League. Registration and payment is through Amherst Recreation (formerly LSSE), not through the schools. Parents must provide transportation to Fort River, and 5th and 6th graders are not eligible to try out for the Travel Team. 5th and 6th grade players will be mixed in with the ARMS Ultimate Intramural players.

How do I sign up?
: Parents should sign up children online. For any questions about registration, call the Athletic Office at 362-1746. Please note that spring sports registrations will not be available online until late February or March. Links to online registration and fee schedules can be found here: http://www.arps.org/amherst-pelham-regional-high-school/sports

Fifth and Sixth Grade: You can sign up through Amherst Recreation as soon as the Amherst Recreation Spring Catalog is available.

What is the deadline for registration??
We will accept registrations until the first week of April. But please remember, an early registration is still the best approach! 

Do I need a Sports Physical?
Yes! Every player must have a valid unexpired sports physical on file with the school nurse. I recommend that everyone call (362-1974) or visit the school nurse as soon as possible to find out if you have a physical on file.
Fifth and Sixth Grade: Amherst Recreation will require medical clearance.

How much does it cost? (note: these are 2021 fees)
There is a fee of $60 to play in the ARMS Intramural League. Students who play on the Travel Team will pay an additional fee of $171 (total fee of $231). Reduced fees are available for Travel Team students with a reduced or free lunch fee.
Fifth and Sixth Grade: The fee will be listed in the Amherst Recreation Spring Catalog.

What is the difference between intramurals and the travel team?
All players participate in the intramural league, and there are no cuts. Additionally, ARMS players may choose to try out for the travel team, which will play against other schools. Travel team players must also participate in the Intramural league.

When and where are practices and games?
Intramural practices and games are on Mondays and Thursdays at Fort River Elementary School from 3:30 to 5:30. Travel team practices and games are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and weekends. 

How do I get to Fort River?
If school is in session players may take a school bus, which will let you off at Fort River. There will be an announcement in school and an email from the coach telling you which bus to take.
Fifth and Sixth GradeParents must provide transportation to Fort River.

When does the season start?
The first practice is on Monday, March 28 2022.

Should I try out for the travel team?
Absolutely, if you want to play and are able to make the time commitment. It is a very friendly tryout process. Even if you are a new player, the experience of trying out is a good one.
Fifth and Sixth GradeSixth graders are not eligible to try out for the Travel Team.

When and where are travel team tryouts?
Travel team tryouts are March 29, March 30, and April 1 at Fort River. Players must attend at least two of the tryouts, but we recommend that you attend all three if at all possible.

What do I need to bring to practices and games?
Always bring a water bottle. Cleats are highly recommended, but also bring sneakers the first week or two, since we will play on pavement if the fields are not ready.

Want to know more?
Visit the team web page at http://www.amherstultimate.org/arms

Still have questions?
Contact the coach:
Jim Pistrang – 256-1737 (home) – 413-237-5710 (cell) – ultimate@jpcr.com (email) 

Updated July 12, 2021