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2008 Events Roundup
As I did last year and the year before, I will endeavor to keep this page updated with all the information I have on New England youth Ultimate tournaments and events. If you have information that should be added, please let me know. All of the information on this page is from what I have put together from various websites, conversations with TDs, and my past experience with most of the tournaments and events on this list. I have also expanded this list to cover events that I have experience with that are slightly outside of New England.

At the second annual UCPC I gave a presentation entitled "How to run an effective tournament". You can view the presentation right here.

- Josh Seamon
Coach, STJ Ultimate


Updates:

3/13/08 - ARMS Tournament date change to 5/31
1/30/08 - UCPC presentation link added
1/12/08 - The NEPSUL Champs will be run in conjuntion with the SJAI
1/12/07 - The Paideia Cup date has been confirmed for 4/12-13
12/10/07 - Andover Tournament details added
12/10/07 - A page devoted to HS Girls Ultimate is now online right here
12/10/07 - Tournaments with a girls division are now marked with **
12/5/07 - WNECC meeting info posted
12/3/07 - Hotchkiss tourney date confirmed
12/3/07 - Greenfield tourney webpage added
12/3/07 - NMH tourney dates confirmed (Open, Girls)
12/3/07 - First draft posted





The UPA maintains two seperate tournament databases right here and right here.

I've started building a Google maps page of all of the tournaments that I track. You can find that page right here.

Note: All tourney dates have been confirmed except where noted. If you have any updates, please let me know.

Disclaimer: All of this information has been collected by me and only me. While I am relatively certain of what I know, I'm not 100% attuned to the minds of every Tournament Director. So, things could change. If you're interested in attending one of these events, contact one of the TDs to verify the event details.


 



Confirmed Events:
1/26: Ultimate Coaches and Players Conference
2/10 - West New England Coaches and Captains Meeting
3/1-2: High School Terminus**
4/19-20: Paideia Cup**
4/20: Darrow Cup
4/26 - NMH Tournament - Open Division
4/27 - NMH Tournament - Girls Division**
4/26-27 - Andover Invitational
5/3-4: Amherst Invitational**
5/10-11: Easterns**
5/10: Greenfield Ultimate Tournament**
5/17: Hotchkiss Tournament
5/17-18: St. Johnsbury Academy Invitational + NEPSUL Champs**
5/31: Amherst Regional Middle School Tournament

Also Tracking:
MA Champs
New England Champs**
Hotchkiss Tournament
BUDA Div2 Champs
VT Champs


Confirmed Events:

Name:
Ultimate Coaches and Players Conference
Location: Newton, MA
Date: Saturday, 1/26
Hosts: Tiina Booth and George Cooke (ucpc at buda dot org)
Comments: This will be the second year Tiina and George have put on the UCPC. Last year 200 people came together from around the country to soak in as much Ultimate knowledge as possible. There are seminars, panel discussions, and an Ultimate Expo. This year's list of presenters is amazing and the day should be way too much fun. If you're at all able to go to this event, GO. Oh, and drop by the presentation on how to run a tournament ;) Registration should open on or around December 1st.
Website: http://www.buda.org/ucpc


Name: West New England Coaches and Captains Meeting
Location: Bertucci's, Amherst, MA
Date: Sunday, 2/10
Hosts: Jim Pistrang (jim at jpcr dot com), Tiina Booth (tiinabooth at hotmail dot com)
Comments: Coaches and captains for middle school, high school, and college teams eat, mingle, and schedule.
Website: http://www.amherstultimate.org/


Name: High School Terminus
Location: Woodward Academy, College Park, GA
Date: Saturday and Sunday, 3/1-2
TD: Heidi VanAntwerp (Heidi dot VanAntwerp at woodward dot edu)
Comments: Head down south where the weather is warm. That's what I'm trying to do anyway. From what I have heard the tournament will consist of 16-20 open teams and 8 girls teams.
UPA Sanctioned: ???
Website: None yet...


Name: Paideia Cup
Location: Paideia School, Atlanta, GA
Date: Saturday and Sunday, 4/12-13
TDs: Dave Clauson (dclauson at reflectivecorp dot com), Michael Baccarini (baccarini dot michael at paideiaschool dot org), Kyle Weisbrod (weisbrod dot kyle at paideiaschool dot org)
Comments: One of the highest quality Ultimate events I have ever been to. The Paideia Ultimate family pulls out all the stops in putting on their premier event. This will be the third year of the event. Last year 8 open teams and 5 girls teams came in from all over the US. The event was started to bring together high level teams that don't normally play against each other. It'll be neat to see if the west makes it out this year. I brought a club girls team last year and we had a grand time.
UPA Sanctioned: As far as I know it will be.
Website: None yet...


Name: Darrow Shaker Cup
Location: The Darrow School, New Lebanon, NY
Date: Sunday, 4/20
TD: Drew Koff (koffd at darrowschool dot org)
Comments: This is the best tournament in New England for beginner-level teams. Drew and the rest of Darrow put on a great event that is popupated with fun to play teams. This is the first tournament I bring my new players to even though it's over 6 hours away.
UPA Sanctioned: It hasn't been in the past. Teams have had to send in Certificate's of Insurance.
Website: None yet...


Name: Northfield Mount Hermon Tournament - Open Division
Location: Northfield Mount Hermon School, Northfield, MA
Date: Saturday, 4/26
TD: Mark Yates (mark_yates at nmhschool dot org)
Comments: One of the older HS tournaments in New England. Great fields, great competition.
UPA Sanctioned: Not as far as I know.
Website: None yet...


Name: Northfield Mount Hermon Tournament - Girls Division
Location: Northfield Mount Hermon School, Northfield, MA
Date: Sunday, 4/27
TD: Craig Hefner (chefner at nmhschool dot org)
Comments: In it's second year. Great fields. Lots of fun.
UPA Sanctioned: Not as far as I know.
Website: None yet...


Name: Andover Invitational
Location: Greater Lawrence Technical School, Andover, MA
Date: Saturday, 4/26 (B Division) and Sunday, 4/27 (A Division)
TD: Joni Lippa (jmlippa at comcast dot net)
Comments: Two one-day tournments at a brand new location. Deposit of $150 due on 3/25/08.
UPA Sanctioned: No
Website: http://andoverultimate.com/


Name: Amherst Invitational
Location: Amherst Regional High School, Amherst, MA
Date: Saturday and Sunday, 5/3-4
TDs: Tiina Booth (tiinabooth at hotmail dot com), Jim Pistrang (jim at jpcr dot com)
Comments: The oldest and most prestigious Ultimate tournament in the US. Jim and Tiina know how to run a tournament like none-other. This is the event to go to. More teams apply to go than they have spots for. Apply early and write a good bid.
UPA Sanctioned: Nope, but they strongly encourage all players to be UPA members.
Website: http://www.amherstultimate.org/ai/2008.html


Name: Easterns
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Date: Saturday and Sunday, 5/10-11
TD: Darren Schultz (upa_hseast_td at upa dot org)
Comments: The big dance for the east. Top host + top teams = a great event. Hopefully we'll see more girls teams this year.
UPA Sanctioned: Yes.
Website: http://www.upa.org/juniors/championships/2008_hs_easterns


Name: Greenfield Ultimate Tournament
Location: Greenfield High School, Greenfield, MA
Date: Saturday, 5/10
TD: Terry Plotkin (tplotkin at earthlink dot net)
Comments: A great tournament for many levels of teams. The mixed division will (most likely) be folded into the B division to make way for the brand new girls division.
UPA Sanctioned: It's never been sanctioned before, so I doubt it will be in '08.
Website: http://www.freewebs.com/terryplotkin/index.htm


Name: Hotckiss Tournament
Location: Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT
Date: Saturday, 5/17
TD: David Thompson (dthompso at hotchkiss dot org)
Comments: One of the most spirited events in existance. Great fields, great hosts, way too much fun.
UPA Sanctioned: I'm not sure...
Website: None yet...


Name: St. Johnsbury Academy Invitational
Location: St. Johnsbury Academy, St. Johnsbury, VT and Lyndon Institute, Lyndonville, VT
Date: Saturday and Sunday, 5/17-18
TD: Josh Seamon (jseamon at gmail dot com)
Comments: For the first time ever I have been able to secure enough fields to run both the girls and the open divisions at the same time. 16 teams will be playing in each division. Last year we brought in 27 teams from all over the East Coast and Canada. Every team is guaranteed 6 games. We will be running a trade night / dance / dinner on Saturday. Lots and LOTS of information is online at the tournament webpage. The NEPSUL Champs will be run in conjuntion with the SJAI. This brings the team totals to 24 open teams and 16 girls teams. More info on how this will work will be posted on the tournament website soon.
UPA Sanctioned: Yes.
Website: http://www.sjainvite.org
 

Name: Amherst Regional Middle School Tournament
Location: Amherst Regional Middle School, Amherst, MA
Date: Saturday, 5/31
TDs: Jim Pistrang (jim at jpcr dot com)
Comments: The best tournament for middle schoolers in the North East. Jim splits up his Ultimate hoard into many teams and lots of other teams come in for the day. My kids had a fantastic time in their first ever appearance at the tournament last year.
UPA Sanctioned: Not a far as I know.
Website: http://www.amherstultimate.org/arms/arms2008.html
 
 
 
 
Also Tracking:

Name: MA State Champs
Location: Ft. Devens, MA
Date: Sunday, 6/1 - UNCONFIRMED
TDs: Catherine Greenwald (ckgreenwald at earthlink dot net)
Comments: Last year 12 open and 8 girls teams competed. The date has yet to be set, but it's VERY likely it'll be on 6/1.
UPA Sanctioned: Yes.
Website: http://www.buda.org/joomla/content/blogcategory/22/76/


Name: New England Champs
Location: Ft. Devens, MA
Date: Sunday, 6/1 - UNCONFIRMED
TDs: Josh Seamon (jseamon at gmail dot com)
Comments: The top two teams from ME, NH, VT, and CT battle it out. The date has yet to be set, but it's VERY likely it'll be on 6/1.
UPA Sanctioned: Yes.
Website: http://www.buda.org/joomla/content/view/112/418/


Name: BUDA Division II Champs
Location: ???
Date: ???
TDs: ???
Comments: Last year BUDA created two divisions. The tournament could be expanded this year. Also, the top two DivII MA teams could possibly be added to the New England Champs. It would be nice to have the DivII champs run at the same time as DivI, but I don't think there are enough fields at Devens -- hard to imagine eh? I think it would be neat to expand the tournment into a weekend event. There really aren't enough of them in New England.
UPA Sanctioned: I'm not sure.
Website: http://www.buda.org/joomla/content/blogcategory/22/76/


Name: VT State Champs
Location: St. Johnsbury Academy - UNCONFIRMED
Date: Sunday, 5/11 - UNCONFIRMED
TD: Josh Seamon (jseamon at gmail dot com)
Comments: This will be the third VT State Champs. There is some thought to turning it into a weekend event.
UPA Sanctioned: Yes.
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