Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, 2022
questions: send an email to Jim Pistrang
Bids are open! Go here to fill out and submit your bid form:
About the Tournament
This spring we will be celebrating the 29th 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 7, and Sunday, May 8, 2022.
Who is allowed to play in the tournament?
We will (for the most part) be using USAU eligibility guidelines to determine if your 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 2022 membership.)
Do the teams need proof of insurance?
Teams will need either a Certificate of Insurance or, if that is not possible, individual waiver forms for all players. Details and instructions will be sent to teams in February 2022.
Who is in charge of this tournament?
The directors (TDs) of the Amherst Invitational are Jim Pistrang (coach, Amherst Regional Middle School) 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. 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 the MacDuffie School in Granby, MA.
How much does it cost?
The entry fee for the tournament is $500.
What do we get for our money?
Some of the money goes for things that you will see: trophies, team boxes, the printing of the program, port-a-johns, lines on the fields, and on-field trainers. The field rental fee is also a significant cost..
Where will we stay in Amherst?
We will NOT be offering housing this spring in host homes due to COVID restrictions. For teams that are interested in staying in area hotels, we will be in touch in February with more information.
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.
- Amherst High School Boys Varsity
- Amherst High School Boys JV A
- Amherst High School Boys JV B
- Amherst High School Girls Varsity
- Amherst High School Girls JV
- Amherst Middle School
- Cape Elizabeth High School Open
- Columbia High School Girls *
- Columbia High School Girls JV *
- Columbia High School Boys *
- Columbia High School Boys JV
- Four Rivers Charter School Boys
- Masconomet High School Open
- Monument Mountain High School Open *
- Needham High School Boys
- Pennsbury High School Open *
- Somerville High School Boys *
- Somerville High School Girls *
* check received
this page last updated by Jim Pistrang on January 18, 2022