AI 2019

the 28th annual high school ultimate tournament
Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, 2019

questions: send an email to Jim Pistrang

last year’s web page

Thank you to all players, coaches and volunteers!

Congratulations to our McNiven Spirit Award Winners in each Division:
Girls I: Montpelier
Girls II: PVPA
Open I: Cape Elizabeth

Our finalists in each division were:

Girls I
1. Amherst Varsity
2. Four Rivers

Girls II
1. Four Rivers JV
2. Amherst JVA

Open I
1. ARHS Varsity
2. CHS

Open II
1. NMH
2. Frontier

The Spirit Spreadsheets can be viewed here:

Girls I and II
Open I
Open II

Follow the Amherst Invitational on social media!
Facebook –
Twitter – @AIUltimateTourn
Instagram – @AmherstInvitational

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.

Girls Div-I

ARHS Varsity
Four Rivers (MA)
Lexington High School (MA)
Lower Merion (PA)
Montpelier HS (VT)
Newton North (MA)
Northampton High School (MA)
Northfield Mount Hermon (MA)

Girls DivII

Columbia High School (NJ)
Four Rivers JV (MA)
Lincoln Sudbury (MA)
Sharon High School (MA)

Open Div-I

Cape Elizabeth (ME)
Columbia High School A (NJ)
Lexington High School (MA)
Lower Merion High School (PA)
Neuqua Valley High School (IL)
Radnor High School (PA)

Open Div-II

Columbia High School JV (NJ)
Deerfield Academy
Frontier HS (MA)
Monument Mountain HS (MA)
Northfield Mount Hermon (MA)

About the Tournament

This spring we will be celebrating the 28th Annual Amherst Invitational Tournament. The tournament will be divided into four separate eight-team divisions: Open Division I, Open Division II, Girls Division I, Girls Division II.

Tournament Frequently Asked Questions

When is the tournament?

The tournament will take place on Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, 2019.

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?

We encourage (but do not require) all players on all teams to be USA Ultimate members. USAU 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 2019 membership.)

Do the teams need Certificates of Insurance?

YES. Click here for instructions.

Who is in charge of this tournament?

The directors (TDs) of the Amherst Invitational are Jim Pistrang (coach, Amherst Regional Middle School) and Hannah Baranes(coach, ARHS Girls Varsity) and Joe Costello (coach, ARHS Boys Varsity). 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 25 or 26 teams (not counting the Amherst teams). We will use the following criteria: Open Div-I and Girls Div-I: we will give preference to the most competitive teams who apply from around the country. Open Div-II and Girls Div-II: we will give strong preference to developing teams and 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 or adjacent to Amherst High School and Amherst Middle School.

How much does it cost?

The entry fee for the tournament is $450.

What do we get for our money?

Some of the money goes for things that you will see: trophies, team boxes, Saturday lunches, the printing of the program, port-a-johns, and on-field trainers. We also have unseen costs such as custodial fees and field maintenance 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. At least one adult chaperone must stay with the team. Visiting teams must bring sleeping bags, pillows, etc. Most likely you will be sleeping on a floor. After you are accepted into the Tournament (in February) 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 Division I or Division II? 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 Schedules:

2019 schedule

Girls Score Reporter (Divisions I and II)

Open Division I Score Reporter

Open Division II Score Reporter

Tournament Maps:

Fields 1-6 and 10-12

Fields 7-9

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How do I submit a bid to the Tournament?

Bids are open!

Click here to fill out your bid

In order to be considered, you must submit an online bid using the above link and mail a check for $450, made out to ‘ARHS Ultimate’ to the address below. The deadline for receiving the online bid and the mailed check is January 31, 2019. Teams will be notified by February 8, 2019 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 filled out online at the link above. The check must be mailed to us at the address listed below.

Please note: If it takes a long time for your school to cut you a check, submit your application early anyway. Please note on the application 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.

IMPORTANT ==> Submitting bids for multiple teams? Please send separate $450 checks. DO NOT SEND a single $900 check.

Please be sure to identify your team on your check. The check must be made out to ARHS ULTIMATE and mailed to: Amherst Ultimate c/o Stacey Wenczel
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Leverett, MA 01054   return to top of page

Who submitted a bid?

  • This is a list of the teams that have submitted bids.
  • Teams in red still owe us checks.
  • Teams in blue are the home teams.
  • Last updated January 28, 2019 ==> refresh your browser to get the current version
  • Girls Division I and Girls Division II (we will accept 16 teams)
    • ARHS Varsity
    • ARHS JV
    • Columbia High School
    • Four Rivers
    • Four Rivers JV
    • Lexington High School
    • Lincoln Sudbury Warriors
    • Lower Merion
    • Montpelier High School
    • Newton North
    • Northampton High School
    • Northfield Mount Hermon
    • PVPA
    • Sharon High School
    • Williston
  • Open Division I and Open Division II (we will accept 16 teams)
    • ARHS Varsity
    • ARHS JVA
    • ARHS JVB
    • ARMS
    • Cape Elizabeth High School
    • Columbia High School
    • Columbia High School JV
    • Deerfield Academy
    • Frontier High School
    • Lexington High School
    • Lower Merion High School
    • Monument Mountain High School
    • Neuqua Valley
    • Northfield Mount Hermon
    • PVPA
    • Radnor High School  

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Field Maps


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 three middle school fields are located on the far side of the parking lot. There is one field on either side of the tennis courts and a third field up the hill from the tennis courts.

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Ultimate Links:

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this page last updated by Jim Pistrang

May 12, 2019