About the Tournament
This spring we will be celebrating the 12th Annual Amherst Invitational Tournament. The tournament will once again be divided into three separate groups.
We were forced to make some difficult choices this year. We would love to accept every school that applies, but there simply isn’t enough field space to accommodate everyone. We hope that the teams that do not come to Amherst will organize other tournaments!
Last year two teams on the Wait List ended up coming to the tournament. We hope that doesn’t happen again, but it is a possibility. If you have another commitment and want to be taken off the Wait List, please let us know.
The following teams have been selected to attend the tournament
Teams are listed in order of seeding (April 27, 2003)
- 1) Amherst Regional High School Girls Varsity
- 2) Haverhill High School (MA)
- 3) Amherst Regional High School Girls JV
- 4) Stuyvesant High School (NY)
- 5) Paideia School (GA)
- 6) Andover High School (MA)
- 7) Massachusetts West Combo (MA+NY)
Open A Division
- 1) Paideia School (GA)
- 2) Amherst Regional High School Boys Varsity
- 3) Seattle MoHo (WA)
- 4) Greenfield (MA)
- 5) Northfield Mount Hermon (MA)
- 6) Columbia High School (NJ)
- 7) Haverhill High School (MA)
- 8) Scarsdale High School (NY)
- 9) Amherst Regional High School Boys JV A
- 10) Andover High School (MA)
Open B Division
- 1) Newton North High School (MA)
- 2) The Beacon School (NY)
- 3) Lincoln-Sudbury High School (MA)
- 4) Newton South High School (MA)
- 5) Stuyvesant High School (NY)
- 6) Nipmuc High School (MA)
- 7) Hanover High School (NH)
- 8) The Cambridge School of Weston (MA)
- 9) Amherst Regional High School Boys JV B
- 10) Amherst Regional Middle School
A Division Wait List
- 1: Phillips Academy (MA)
- 2: Watchung Hills (NJ)
- 3: Princeton High School (NJ)
B Division Wait List
- 1: Lexington High School (MA)
- 2: The Hotchkiss School (CT)
Tournament Frequently Asked Questions
When is the tournament? The tournament will take place on Saturday, May 03 and Sunday, May 04, 2003.
Who is allowed to play in the tournament? You must currently be a student at a Middle School, Junior High School, or High School. All team members must attend the same school. Composite teams may be considered if they are traveling from a great distance. Team members do not need to be UPA members to play in the Amherst Invitational. Note: We may change this requirement. UPA Juniors membership is only $15 per year, why not sign up now for your 2003 membership?
Who is in charge of this tournament? The co-directors of the Amherst Invitational are Tiina Booth (coach, ARHS Boys Varsity) and Jim Pistrang (coach, Amherst Regional Middle School). Their contact information is listed below. All decisions regarding eligibility, acceptance of bids, seeding, and rules will be made by Tiina and Jim.
How do you decide which bids to accept? We expect to receive well over 30 bids, and we only have room for 20 teams (not counting the Amherst teams). We will use the following criteria: Open Division A: we will give preference to the most competitive teams who apply from around the country. Open Division B: we will give preference to teams who apply from the Northeast Region, particularly New England. For all divisions, we want a sense of how you have contributed to the growth of juniors ultimate in your school, town, or area.
Are there good parties at the Amherst Invitational? We are quite sure that you will have a wonderful time at the tournament. However, all drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are strictly forbidden, both on and off the field. In addition, teams staying with a host family must abide by all rules and curfews that are set by the host. Failure to follow these rules will result in the expulsion of your team from the tournament (and we won’t want you back next year either).
Is this the UPA Juniors Championship Tournament? No it is not. In 2001 the Amherst Invitational Girls Division was also the UPA Girls Championship. This year we are just the plain old Amherst Invitational.
Where is the tournament? On Saturday and Sunday morning, the Girls and Open A Divisions will play on fields at Amherst High School and Amherst Middle School, and the Open B Division will play on the south side of the Alumni Stadium (the football stadium) at UMass. On Sunday afternoon, all teams will play at Amherst High School and Amherst Middle School. Directions to the fields are below.
How much does it cost? The entry fee for the tournament is $225, with an additional $25 deposit. At the end of the tournament the $25 deposit will be returned. If a team forfeits a game, leaves the tournament early, or in some other way violates the tournament rules, they will lose their deposit.
What do we get for our money? Some of the money goes for things that you will see: trophies, team boxes, Saturday lunches, Saturday night pizza, the printing of the program, port-a-johns, and an on-field trainer. We also have unseen costs such as custodial fees.
Where will we stay in Amherst? Housing will be provided for all teams that travel a distance to the tournament and need to stay overnight. Your hosts will be Amherst Ultimate team members and their families. Teams must indicate in their Registration Form whether or not they need housing, and how many people are on the team. Some teams will be able to stay together at one house, others may be split between two houses. Visiting teams must bring sleeping bags, pillows, etc. Most likely you will be sleeping on a floor. After you are accepted into the Tournament you will be contacted by our Housing Director.
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 weekend. Failure to have a chaperone may result in expulsion from the tournament.
How do I know if my team belongs in the A Division or the B Division? The Registration Form includes a place where you can describe your team and give us some info from your seasons last fall and spring. The Tournament Directors will put together a seeding based on this info. return to top of page
Tournament Format and Schedule
Tournament Format (subject to change) Here are the tentative tournament schedules: Saturday A and Saturday GirlsSaturday BSunday Morning BSunday A and Sunday Girls and Sunday Afternoon B Girls Division: There are seven teams in the Girls Division. All teams will play in a round-robin on Saturday. Each team will play SIX one-hour games and have 1 bye. On Sunday, the top four teams will play full-length semis and finals, while the bottom three teams will each play two consolation games. Open A Division: The Open A Division has 10 teams, which will be divided into two pools of 5. After pool play, the top two teams from each pool will advance to semi-finals, while the bottom three teams will play consolation games. Consolation games are required, not optional. The two top-seeded teams will play four pool games on Saturday and have a bye early Sunday morning. The other eight teams will play three pool games on Saturday and a fourth pool game early Sunday morning. Semis, finals, and consolation games will follow the final pool round on Sunday. All teams will play a total of six games. Open B Division: The Open B Division is expanding this year to 10 teams, which will be divided into two pools of 5. After pool play, the top two teams from each pool will advance to semi-finals, while the bottom three teams will play consolation games. Consolation games are required, not optional. The two top-seeded teams will play four pool games on Saturday and have a bye early Sunday morning. The other eight teams will play three pool games on Saturday and a fourth pool game early Sunday morning. Semis, finals, and consolation games will follow the final pool round on Sunday. All teams will play a total of six games. Please note: the Sunday morning Pool Play games will be played at the Division B fields. All Sunday semis, finals, and consolation games will be played at the high school.
Tournament Seeding Tournament seeding will be determined by the Tournament Directors at the end of April. For accurate seeding, please report all spring scores to the TDs as soon as they occur. return to top of page
How do I submit a bid to the Tournament?
We are now accepting bids!
In order to be considered, you must submit a bid to the tournament directors. The bid consists of a completed Registration Form and a check for $250, made out to ‘ARHS Ultimate’. The deadline for receiving bids is January 31, 2003. Teams will be notified by February 14, 2003 if they have been accepted into the tournament. A submitted bid does NOT guarantee acceptance into the Tournament. In fact, we expect to receive more bids than there are openings. Teams that are not accepted will have their entire check returned.
The Registration Form must be downloaded, filled out, and mailed to us with a check. Click on the link below to download the Registration Form in MS Word format. If you would like a Registration Form mailed to you, send an email to Jim Pistrang. The Registration Form must be mailed to: Tiina Booth Invitational Registration 21 Deepwoods Drive Amherst, MA 01002
Click below to download the Registration Form.
Who submitted a bid?
This is a list of the teams that have submitted complete registration forms.
- Girls Division
- Amherst Regional High School Girls Varsity
- Amherst Regional High School Girls JV
- Andover High School (MA)
- Haverhill High School (MA)
- Paideia School (GA)
- Stuyvesant High School (NY)
- Open A Division and Open B Division
- Amherst Regional High School Boys Varsity
- Amherst Regional High School Boys JV A
- Amherst Regional High School Boys JV B
- Amherst Regional Middle School
- Andover High School (MA)
- The Beacon School (NY)
- The Cambridge School of Weston (MA)
- Columbia High School (NJ)
- Greenfield (MA)
- Hanover High School (NH)
- Haverhill High School (MA)
- The Hotchkiss School (CT)
- Lexington High School (MA)
- Lincoln-Sudbury High School (MA)
- Newton North High School (MA)
- Newton South High School (MA)
- Nipmuc High School (MA)
- Northfield Mount Hermon (MA)
- Paideia School (GA)
- Pennsbury High School (PA)
- Phillips Academy (MA)
- Princeton High School (NJ)
- St Margaret’s McTernan School (CT)
- Scarsdale High School (NY)
- Seattle (WA)
- Sidwell Friends School (DC)
- Stuyvesant High School (NY)
- Watchung Hills (NJ)
- Weston High School (MA)
Directions from the East via the Mass Pike to Amherst Regional High School 1) Exit 8…Rt 32 Palmer/Amherst 2) LEFT at the end of the ramp (after the toll booth) on to 32 North. Ignore signs telling you to go right! 3) Go 7/10 of a mile, turn LEFT at light, leaving 32 North. Sign points to Thorndike and Three Rivers 4) Follow road for 2.2 miles, to a STOP sign. Turn right at the stop sign on to 181 North. 5) Follow 181 North. In 8/10 of a mile 181 takes a LEFT turn. Don’t miss it! After the turn, go another 5.8 miles on 181 North, to the traffic light at the center of Belchertown. 6) Go straight through the light, you will now be on route 202 North. Stay on 202 North for 9/10 of a mile to the intersection with route 9. Turn left on to route 9 West. 7) Stay on route 9 West all the way to Amherst. When you reach the traffic light at the intersection with 116 south, you are in downtown Amherst. Turn RIGHT at the light on to North Pleasant Street. (Note: turn LEFT on to 116 South if you are going to Hampshire College) 8) Go through downtown, passing through 2 traffic lights. At the third light, turn RIGHT on to Triangle Street. There is a Bertuccis Restaurant on the corner just before the turn. 9) Go past Cottage Street and pass the baseball fields on your left. 10) Turn left immediately after the baseball fields into ARHS. 11) Take a left when facing the school and park in the side lot on your right above the fields.
Directions from Route 91 (northbound) to Amherst Regional High School 1) Exit the second Northampton exit, Route 9 2) RIGHT at the end of the ramp on to 9 East. 3) Follow road for a few miles, past large shopping malls on both sides of road, and into Amherst. 4) When you reach the traffic light intersection with route 116 South you are in downtown Amherst. Turn LEFT at the light on to North Pleasant Street. (Note: turn RIGHT on to 116 South if you are going to Hampshire College) 5) Go through downtown, passing through 2 traffic lights. At the third light, turn RIGHT on to Triangle Street. There is a Bertuccis Restaurant on the corner just before the turn. 6) Go past Cottage Street and pass the baseball fields on your left. 7) Turn left immediately after the baseball fields into ARHS. 8) Take a left when facing the school and park in the side lot on your right above the fields.
Directions to the Amherst Middle School: The Middle School is located behind the High School. Assuming that you are facing the high school, go to the right side of the school (away from the fields), and turn left on the driveway that goes along the side of the school. Cross the street at the end of the driveway and you will be in the middle school parking lot. The two middle school fields are located on the far side of the parking lot, near the tennis courts.
Directions to the Division B fields at UMass Alumni Stadium (the football stadium): Division B will be playing on four fields on the south side of Alumni Stadium at UMass. Here are directions from Amherst High School to the UMass fields: 1) Exit the high school on the driveway that goes past the track, and turn RIGHT on to Triangle Street. 2) Go stright through the first set of traffic lights, and turn LEFT at the second traffic light on to Fearing Street. 3) Stay on Fearing Street through a 4-way stop sign, continue to a stop sign at a T-intersection with University Drive. 4) Turn LEFT on to University Drive. 5) Turn RIGHT on the first road after the parking lots. You will see the stadium in front of you after you turn. 6) Turn LEFT when you reach the front of the stadium. Our fields are on the left (south) side of the stadium.
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- Jim’s Ultimate Links including pictures from the Fall 2001 ARHS Intramural League.
- Amherst Regional High School Ultimate
- A different Amherst Regional High School Ultimate
- Amherst Regional Middle School Ultimate
- Boston Ultimate Disc Alliance (BUDA)
- New England High School Ultimate (sponsored by BUDA)
- New England Middle School Ultimate (sponsored by BUDA)
- Ultimate Players Association Home Page
- The Ultimate Handbook
- UPA Rules of Ultimate
- UPA Manual of Tournament Formats (includes tie-breaker rules)
- A Division: Paideia
- Girls Division: Paideia
- B Division: Amherst Middle School
Open A Division
- ***** Final Standings (number in parenthesis is pre-tournament seed)
- 1 ARHS Varsity (2)
- 2 Paideia (1)
- 3/4 Seattle (3)/Greenfield(4) (did not play a 3/4 consolation)
- 5 CHS (6)
- 6 NMH (5)
- 7 Scarsdale (8)
- 8 Haverhill (7)
- 9 Andover (10)
- 10 ARHS Boys JV A (9)
- ***** Pool Play ARHS over Andover 15-5 ARHS over CHS 15-4 ARHS over Haverhill 15-4 ARHS over Seattle 15-10 Seattle over Haverhill 12-8 Seattle over CHS 15-11 Seattle over Andover 15-9 CHS over Andover 12-10 CHS over Haverhill 15-7 Haverhill over Andover 15-6 ———- Paideia over ARHS JV A 13-2 Paideia over NMH 15-4 Paideia over Scarsdale 13-4 Paideia over Greenfield 12-6 Greenfield over Scarsdale 11-8 Greenfield over NMH 15-10 NMH over ARHS JV A 12-10 NMH over Scarsdale 15-7 Scarsdale over ARHS JV A 13-6 ARHS JV A over Greenfield 15-13 ***** Open A Semis ARHS V over Greenfield 15-4 Paideia over Seattle 15-8
- ***** Open A Finals ARHS V over Paideia 17-15
- ***** Open A Consolations CHS over NMH (score unknown) (for 5th place)
- Scarsdale over Haverhill 15-7 (for 7th place)
- Andover over ARHS JV A 15-10 (for 9th place)
***** Final Standings (number in parenthesis is pre-tournament seed) 1 ARHS Girls Varsity (1) 2 Haverhill (2) 3 Andover/Hotchkiss (6) 4 Amherst Girls JV (3) 5 Stuyvesant (4) 6 Mass West (7) 7 Paideia (5) ***** Pool Play ARHS V over Paideia 12-1 ARHS V over Stuyvesant 12-2 ARHS V over Mass West 9-2 ARHS V over ARHS JV 6-3 ARHS V over Andover 7-2 ARHS V over Haverhill 9-7 ARHS JV over Haverhill 7-6 ARHS JV over Andover 5-2 ARHS JV over Paideia 8-0 ARHS JV over Stuyvesant 6-4 ARHS JV over Mass West 6-3 Haverhill over Stuyvesant 10-1 Haverhill over Mass West 11-3 Haverhill over Andover 7-2 Haverhill over Paideia 8-1 Andover over Stuyvesant 9-4 Andover over Mass West 9-1 Andover over Paideia 11-0 Stuyvesant over Paideia 6-5 Stuyvesant over Mass West 6-3 Mass West over Paideia 10-3 ***** Girls Semis ARHS V over Andover 12-2 Haverhill over ARHS JV 15-8 ***** Girls Finals ARHS V over Haverhill 15-1 ***** Girls Consolations Andover over ARHS JV ?-? don’t know the rest, scores reported incorrectly or not at all
Open B Division
***** Final Standings (number in parenthesis is pre-tournament seed) 1 Nipmuc (6) 2 Beacon (2) 3 Newton North (1)/Newton South (4) (did not play a 3/4 consolation) 4 5 Hanover (7) 6 ARHS JV B (9) 7 Lincoln Sudbury (3) 8 CSW (8) 9 Stuyvesant (5) 10 ARMS (10) ***** Pool Play Nipmuc over Beacon 11-8 Nipmuc over Lincoln-Sudbury 11-9 Nipmuc over ARMS 15-7 Nipmuc over Hanover 15-8 Beacon over ARMS 12-6 Beacon over Hanover 10-8 Lincoln-Sudbury over Beacon 11-10 Lincoln-Sudbury over ARMS 15-12 Hanover over Lincoln-Sudbury 10-8 Hanover over ARMS 15-1 ———- Newton North over ARHS JV B 12-10 Newton North over Stuyvesant 7-5 Newton North over CSW 14-8 Newton North over Newton South 12-9 Newton South over CSW 14-4 Newton South over Stuyvesant ?-? Newton South over ARHS JV B ?-? ARHS JV B over CSW 15-6 ARHS JV B over Stuyvesant 9-7 CSW over Stuyvesant ?-? ***** Open B Semis Nipmuc over Newton South 15-7 Beacon over Newton North ?-? ***** Open B Finals Nipmuc over Beacon ?-? ***** Open B Consolations Hanover over ARHS JV B 15-8 Lincoln Sudbury over CSW 15-13 Stuyvesant over ARMS 13-6
- Girls Sprinting Champion: Southy Saul, ARHS Varsity
- Boys Sprinting Champion: Ayron Jones, Seattle
- Girls Distance Champion: Rohre Titcomb, Hotchkiss
- Boys Distance Champion: Chris Schultze, NMH
this page last updated by Jim Pistrang
on May 7, 2003