AI 2013

Saturday, May 04, and Sunday, May 05, 2013

questions: send an email to Jim Pistrang

last year’s web page

Thank you to all players, coaches, and spectators who helped to make this tournament a success. A special thank you to the ARHS staff and our amazing community volunteers who made it all happen!

Tournament Results

GirlsFirst Place: ARHS Girls Varsity
 Second Place: Lower Merion High School
 Girls: all games
 Spirit: Seattle Southend
Open AFirst Place: ARHS Boys Varsity
 Second Place: Lexington High School
 Open A: all games
 Spirit: ARHS Boys Varsity
Open BFirst Place: Somerville High School
 Second Place: Four Rivers Charter School
 Open B: all games
 Spirit: ARMS


A note from Josh and Jim and Tiina: As you submit your bid, please note the following: We have overwhelming interest in our tournament every year, and a long tradition of great competition. Some teams have attended for many years and have a long history with our ARHS Ultimate program, a history that we honor. However, with each passing year there are more and more Ultimate teams working hard in various corners of the country, building their programs and seeking out challenging tournaments, and we want to honor these teams as well. If your team has been attending for many years and is not offered a bid this year, it may simply be because we are trying to give opportunities for new teams to compete here to keep both the AI and the entire youth Ultimate world vibrant and growing.


The selected teams and waitlisted teams are listed below. If you do not see your team on a list, it means that your team was not selected.

Selected Teams

Frequently Asked Questions

Tournament Format and Schedules

How to Submit a Bid                 Received Bids

Field Maps                  Directions                  Ultimate Links

Selected Teams

Note: if your team is not listed below, it means that you were not accepted into the tournament and you are also not on a wait list. Please understand that this is not a reflection on your team, rather a reflection of the large demand and limited space at the tournament.

Open A

Columbia High School A (NJ)
Lexington High School (MA)
Longmeadow High School (MA)
Lower Merion High School (PA)
Masconomet High School (MA)
Needham High School (MA)
Newton North (MA)
Sharon High School (MA)

Open B

Andover High School (MA)
Cambridge School Weston (MA)
Four Rivers (MA)
Fryeburg Academy (ME)
Northampton High School (MA)
Phillips Andover (MA)
St Johnsbury (VT)
Somerville HS (MA)

Open Wait List (for A and B Divisions)

Northfield Mount Hermon (MA)

Barrington HS (RI)

Boston University Acad. (MA)


ARHS Girls Varsity
Andover High School (MA)
Columbia High School G (NJ)
Lower Merion (PA)
Monarch HS (Louisville CO)
Seattle Southend Ultimate (Seattle WA)
Watchung Hills HS (NJ)

Girls Wait List

St Johnsbury (VT)

Four Rivers (MA)

Stuyvesant High School (NY)

Northampton High School (MA)

About the Tournament

This spring we will be celebrating the 22nd Annual Amherst Invitational Tournament. The tournament will once again be divided into three separate groups: Open Division A, Open Division B, and Girls Division.

Selection Notes

We have the difficult task of selecting 30 teams to play at the tournament out of a pool of 40+ applicants. We hate to do this, but our resources are limited and we cannot expand the tournament.

Here are things that will help your chances of being selected:

organize a tournament or league and tell us about it in your application

get your bid in early (December!)

Here are things that will hurt your chances of being selected:

give us an email address that doesn’t work

have a sexist or drug-related or alcohol-related team nickname

make your check out to anything other than ARHS Ultimate

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Tournament Frequently Asked Questions

When is the tournament?

The tournament will take place on Saturday, May 04, and Sunday, May 05, 2013.

Who is allowed to play in the tournament?

We will (for the most part) be using the USA Ultimate Youth Competition Guidelines to determine if your team and players are eligible to attend our tournament. HOWEVER, in our tournament ALL members of a team must attend the same high school.

Do we need to be USA Ultimate members?

All players on all teams must be USA Ultimate members to play in the Amherst Invitational. The UPA is strongly committed to the growth of high school Ultimate, and becoming a member will support their efforts. You can sign up on the USA Ultimate web page. (note: make sure you are signing up for a 2013 membership.)

Do the teams need Certificates of Insurance?

YES. Teams in the B Division need a Certificate of Insurance. Instructions are here.

Who is in charge of this tournament?

The tri-directors (TDs) of the Amherst Invitational are Tiina Booth (coach, ARHS Boys Varsity), Jim Pistrang (coach, Amherst Regional Middle School) and Josh Nugent (coach, ARHS Girls Varsity). Contact information for Jim and Tiina and Josh is listed below. All decisions regarding eligibility, acceptance of bids, seeding, and rules will be made by the TDs.

How do you decide which bids to accept?

We expect to receive well over 40 bids, and we only have room for 23 teams (not counting the Amherst teams). We will use the following criteria: Open A and Girls: we will give preference to the most competitive teams who apply from around the country. Open B: we will give strong preference to teams who apply from the Northeast Region, particularly New England. Important: 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).

Where is the tournament? We will use fields at Amherst High School, Amherst Middle School, andUMass Amherst.

How much does it cost? The entry fee for the tournament is $400.

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 and field 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.

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Tournament Format and Schedule

Tournament Format

View the schedules here:

Teams will be added to the schedules on April 30 after the seedings are determine

Here are links to the USAU tournament sites:

Girls G Division:

The Girls 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 five or six games.

Open A Division:

The Open A Division has 10 teams, which will be divided into two pools of 5. 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 on Sunday morning. After pool play, the top four teams from each pool will advance to quarter-finals, while the bottom team from each pool will play a consolation game. Quarter-final losers will play consolation games, and the quarter-final winners will advance to the semi-finals. All teams will play a total of five or six or seven games. The 9/10 consolation game is required, all others are optional.

Open B Division:

The Open B Division will also consist of 10 teams, with the same format at as the Girls Division.

Tournament Seeding Placement within the Divisions will be determined by the Tournament Directors in February, after the bids have been accepted. Tournament seeding within your division will be determined by the Tournament Directors at the end of April. For accurate seeding please report all spring scores to the USA Ultimate Score Reporting Page as soon as they occur. return to top of page

How do I submit a bid to the Tournament?

Bids will be accepted as of December 1, 2012.

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 $400, made out to ‘ARHS Ultimate’. The deadline for receiving bids is January 31, 2013.Teams will be notified by February 10, 2013 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.

Please note: If it takes a long time for your school to cut you a check, send in your application early anyway. Please note on the app that the check will follow shortly AND give us a contact name and number for the person who is responsible for cutting the check from the school.

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 here to download the Registration Form

click here to download a letter with more tournament info

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Who submitted a bid?

This is a list of the teams that have submitted complete registration forms. Last updated February 9, 2013.

  • Girls Division (we will accept 10 teams)
    • Amherst Varsity
    • Amherst JV A
    • Amherst JV B
    • Andover High School (MA)
    • Columbia High School (NJ)
    • Franklin High School (Seattle, WA)
    • Four Rivers (MA)
    • Lower Merion (PA)
    • Monarch High School, (Louisville, CO)
    • Northampton High School (MA)
    • PVPA (MA)
    • St Johnsbury (VT)
    • Stuyvesant HS (NY)
    • Watchung Hills HS (NJ)
  • Open A Division and Open B Division (we will accept 20 teams)
    • Amherst Varsity
    • Amherst JV A
    • Amherst JV B
    • Amherst Middle School
    • Andover High School (MA)
    • BU Academy (MA)
    • Cambridge School of Weston (MA)
    • Columbia High School (NJ)
    • Fieldston High School (NY)
    • Four Rivers (MA)
    • Fryeburg Academy (ME)
    • Lexington High School (MA)
    • Longmeadow HS Varsity (MA)
    • Longmeadow HS B (MA)
    • Lower Merion (PA)
    • Masconomet High School (MA)
    • Needham High School (MA)
    • Newton North High School (MA)
    • Northfield Mount Hermon (MA)
    • Northampton High School (MA)
    • Phillips Andover Academy (MA)
    • PVPA (MA)
    • St Johnsbury (VT)
    • Sharon High School (MA)
    • Somerville High School (MA)
    • South Eugene High School (OR)
    • Watchung High School (NJ)

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Field Maps


Directions from the East via the Mass Pike to Amherst Regional High School,42.191464,-71.862006,4362480224094777272,42.379882,-72.512853&saddr=I-90+W%2FMassachusetts+Turnpike%2FMass+Pike+%4042.191464,+-71.862006&daddr=21+Matoon+St,+Amherst,+MA+01002+(Amherst+High+School)&mra=pe&mrcr=0&jsv=107&sll=42.2893,-72.194219&sspn=0.624772,0.942078&ie=UTF8&ll=42.286453,-72.193909&spn=0.25026,0.65178&output=embed&s=AARTsJoz-uC2-N0CVCw_ZFXRq-W6MENORA

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Directions from Route 91 (northbound) to Amherst Regional High School,42.379882,-72.512853&saddr=42.155164,-72.648253&daddr=21+Matoon+St,+Amherst,+MA+01002+(Amherst+High+School)&mra=pe&mrcr=0&mrsp=0&sz=11&jsv=107&sll=42.27115,-72.57937&sspn=0.312478,0.471039&ie=UTF8&ll=42.270704,-72.579117&spn=0.22471,0.13556&output=embed&s=AARTsJrHwianG_PzcOu6fsNnwdEnSHnogg

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Directions from Route 91 (southbound) to Amherst Regional High School,42.735930,-72.568903,4362480224094777272,42.379882,-72.512853&saddr=I-91+S+%4042.735930,+-72.568903&daddr=21+Matoon+St,+Amherst,+MA+01002+(Amherst+High+School)&mra=pe&mrcr=0&jsv=107&sll=42.557127,-72.57019&sspn=1.244208,1.884155&ie=UTF8&ll=42.556815,-72.570555&spn=0.35823,0.11551&output=embed&s=AARTsJpE8rzCLGhfcJspK_w9sgoz6Ma4kA

View Larger Map 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 from Amherst Regional High School to Hampshire College,+Amherst,+MA&daddr=893+West+St,+Amherst,+MA+01002+(Hampshire+College)&hl=en&geocode=FTuihgIdZYet-yGbs2SJ3uT7UA%3BCaMTydAq0XUHFUrXhQIdLF2t-yFbv8uSyxs6Zg&mra=pe&mrcr=0&rtol=0&sll=42.351508,-72.522183&sspn=0.072184,0.09819&ie=UTF8&ll=42.351567,-72.521782&spn=0.05196,0.01159&output=embed&s=AARTsJoEvIoB9RPJfF81Nh2dTR69kf1o9Q

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Directions from the Mass Pike to Hampshire College,-72.318878+to:Depot+St+to:Orchard+St+to:893+West+St,+Amherst,+MA+01002+(Hampshire+College)&geocode=FaqOgwId9qy2-w%3B%3BFeoghAIdXBaw-w%3BFRi6hQIdiIyu-w%3BFUrXhQIdLF2t-yFbv8uSyxs6Zg&hl=en&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=13&via=1,2,3&rtol=0,2,3,4&sll=42.185158,-72.329693&sspn=0.072375,0.09819&ie=UTF8&ll=42.185158,-72.329693&spn=0.072375,0.09819&output=embed&s=AARTsJqdpODj9PTMzqlDWmslwW84_6tjYA

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this page last updated by Jim Pistrang

February 9, 2013