• Fort Couch MS Athletics

    2022-2023 Fall Sports Line-Up: 

    Boys Football (7th and 8th grade team)
    Girls Travel Volleyball (7th and 8th grade team)
    Girls Intramural Volleyball- Ft Couch Volleyball League
    Co-Ed Cross Country 
    Co-Ed Swimming
     

    Boys Football (7th and 8th grade teams)

    Heat Acclimation Practices (3 days total): TBD (typically 1 week before school starts)

    Middle School Football Camp Registration is now open: Visit www.uscfootballcamps.com to sign up today 

    USC football has a great tradition of excellence over the years with multiple WPIAL and PIAA championships and our Ft Couch middle school football program is where it all begins.  Come join in on the winning ways and learn from our team of experienced coaches.  To learn more about our program or to join the upcoming summer conditioning/skills football camp, click here.  

    ~ message sent from: Garrett Beard, Ft Couch Athletic Coordinator 

    After receiving questions regarding MS football from an earlier email that was sent out,  I want to provide some clarification. If registration supports two teams at either grade level, like last year, Ft. Couch will have two teams.  Coaching staff have yet to be determined.  If you have any questions please contact me at gbeard@uscsd.k12.pa.us.  We will be sending out additional information regarding MS football in the near future.   

    Equipment: all football equipment (excluding cleats) is issued by USCSD and every USCSD helmet is reconditioned and certified for the current school year.  If you plan on using your own helmet, you must get it certified for the upcoming 2022 season.  Century Sports of Peters Twp can certify your own personal helmet, but you must call Century Sports to schedule a drop off.     

    ~  Make sure to have your athlete registered in Healthy Roster before Aug 10, 2022. Healthy Roster 

    ~  The Fort Couch Athletic Registration Fee of $50 can now be paid online: https://webinfo.uscsd.k12.pa.us/middle-school-athletic-registration/  Please note: This is a one-time athletic $50 fee for the entire 2022-2023 school year and allows your athlete to play in the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons.  

     

    Girls Travel Volleyball (7th and 8th grade team)

    1st Try-out Practice: TBD 

    USC girls volleyball is one of Ft Couch's most popular sports to play during the Fall season.  In years past, we have had over 100 girls come into the program to learn the basic skills and, for the majority of them it's their first time playing competitive volleyball.  This year we plan to develop a new travel volleyball team that will be hand-picked by our USC varsity coaches.  The teams will compete on an 18-game schedule that travels to play teams all around the South Hills.  There will be two separate teams, one 7th and one 8th grade team that will be decided during try-outs. All players that do not make this travel team will be encouraged to play in the VolleyBallers intramural program- see details below. 

    7th grade Head Coach:  TBD

    8th grade Head Coach: Karen Martini - kmartini@uscsd.k12.pa.us

    Equipment:   All volleyball participants should have tennis shoes, black volleyball shorts and knee pads. A USC game jersey will be provided for each player and must be returned at the end of the season.

    ~  Make sure to have your athlete registered in Healthy Roster before Aug 10, 2022. Healthy Roster 

    ~  The Fort Couch Athletic Registration Fee of $50 can now be paid online: https://webinfo.uscsd.k12.pa.us/middle-school-athletic-registration/  Please note: This is a one-time athletic $50 fee for the entire 2022-2023 school year and allows your athlete to play in the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons.  

     

    Girls "VolleyBallers" Intramural Program 

    1st Evaluation Practice: TBD  (first or second week of school)

    USC girls "VolleyBaller" intramural program will play exclusively in the Ft Couch gymnasium.  The teams will be organized by the athletic department and our team of coaches will run a regular-season schedule through the months of September and October.  The VolleyBallers intramural season will conclude with a tournament to decide who is the 2022 VolleyBallers Champion.  Each student will be assigned to a team and compete or practice 3-4 days per week from approximately 3:30-5:30 each day.  No weekend commitment.

    Coaches:  TBD

    Equipment:   All volleyball participants should have tennis shoes, black volleyball shorts and knee pads. A USC game jersey will be provided for each player and must be returned at the end of the season.

    ~  Make sure to have your athlete registered in Healthy Roster before Aug 10, 2022. Healthy Roster 

    ~  The Fort Couch Athletic Registration Fee of $50 can now be paid online: https://webinfo.uscsd.k12.pa.us/middle-school-athletic-registration/  Please note: This is a one-time athletic $50 fee for the entire 2022-2023 school year and allows your athlete to play in the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons.  

     

    Co-Ed Cross Country

    1st Practice: TBD  (typically the 2nd day of school)

    Head Coach Steve Levine has been helping Ft Couch runners for over 25 years and has been one of our winningest MS coaches of all time.  His experience and love for the sport plays a big part in making cross-country an enjoyable experience for roughly 80 boys and girls each Fall.  Along with most practices, each cross-country home meet will be held on the 1.95 mile CC course at Gilfillan trail in the heart of USC.  Students will practice 2 days at Ft Couch and 2 days per week over at the Gilfillian trail.  USC busses will commute the students to the trail and parents will be required to pickup at Gilfillan.  Come join in on the fun and compete against eight schools from across the South Hills who will run for top honors. 

    Head Coach: Steve Levine -  slevine@uscsd.k12.pa.us

    Equipment:   All cross-country participants should have running shoes and black running shorts. A USC game jersey will be provided for each player however must be returned at the end of the season.

    ~  Make sure to have your athlete registered in Healthy Roster before Aug 10, 2022. Healthy Roster 

    ~  The Fort Couch Athletic Registration Fee of $50 can now be paid online: https://webinfo.uscsd.k12.pa.us/middle-school-athletic-registration/  Please note: This is a one-time athletic $50 fee for the entire 2022-2023 school year and allows your athlete to play in the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons.  

     

    Co-Ed Swimming

    1st Practice: TBD  (typically the 2nd week of school)

    Practice and compete at USC's newest and finest competitive high school swimming pool in Western PA.  This new facility will give our Ft Couch swimmers a chance to experience swimming at its best.  Plus, each participant will individually learn from our elite coaches and gain experience while taking part in a fun and healthy team sport. During swim meets, race and set yourself apart in your favourite events such as freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly, as well as the individual medley.  

    Head Coach: Alex Hardwick -  coachalex@peaqpgh.org

    Equipment:   All swimmers will need to have their own goggles and a black swimsuit.  A USC swim warm-up jacket will be provided for each athlete, but this jacket must be returned at the end of the season. 

    ~  Make sure to have your athlete registered in Healthy Roster before Aug 10, 2022. Healthy Roster 

    ~  The Fort Couch Athletic Registration Fee of $50 can now be paid online: https://webinfo.uscsd.k12.pa.us/middle-school-athletic-registration/  Please note: This is a one-time athletic $50 fee for the entire 2022-2023 school year and allows your athlete to play in the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons.  

     

    Healthy Roster Instructions for New Users 

    If you are a new user to Healthy Roster, please email the following information to our USC Athletic Trainers (listed below), so they can set-up your account information.

    • Student’s name

    • Student’s DOB

    • Student’s graduation year

    • Student’s sports for the school year

    • Guardian’s name

    • Guardian’s email address

    USC Athletic Trainer: Brittney Halbig: brittney.halbig@ahn.org

    USC Athletic Trainer: Robert Smith: Robert.SMITH@ahn.org

     

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    2021-2022

    Spring Sports Line-Up:  

    Girls and Boys Track & Fieldstarts March 14th

    Girls Fast Pitch Softball - starts March 14th

    Boys Volleyball - starts March 3rd

     

    Girls and Boys Track and Field 

    Monday, March 14th - Team Meeting; FCMS Cafe; 2:50- 3:20pm

    Our Fort Couch USC track and field program is open to all athletes from all kinds of prior athletic backgrounds.  Athletes geared at improving speed can take part in running events such as 100m hurdles, 1600m and 800m run, 100m - 200m and 400m dash, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay.  Athletes looking for more technical events may choose to learn field events such as the triple jump, long jump, or high jump.  And lastly, the athlete looking to show off their strength could throw the shot put or even the discus.  We will have all of these events available for both boys and girls in 7th and 8th grade.  All track practices will take place at the USCHS stadium field immediately after school and busing will be provided each day.  

    Head Coach: Greg Calvetti - gcalvetti@uscsd.k12.pa.us 

    Equipment:  All track participants will need to have running shoes, solid black shorts (if possible) and a water bottle. A USC track shirt will be provided for games; however, this uniform must be returned at the end of the season.  

    ~  New Users to Healthy Roster- make sure to have your athlete registered before March 10, 2021. See Instructions Below.

    ~  Returning 2021-22 athletes to Healthy Roster- you must complete Section 8 before March 10, 2021. See Instructions Below. 

    ~  The Fort Couch Athletic Registration Fee of $50 can now be paid online: https://webinfo.uscsd.k12.pa.us/middle-school-athletic-registration/  Please note: This is a one-time athletic fee for the entire 2021-2022 school year.  

     

    Girls Fast Pitch Softball 

    Monday, March 14th - Team Meeting; FCMS LGI; 2:50- 3:20pm

    Take your softball game to the next level and join our 7th and 8th grade girls softball team!  Our 16 game schedule will have you competing against teams from all around the South Hills area.  Practices and games will be played at the former varsity field over at Boyce MS and when inclement weather "strikes" this Spring, our FC team will have access to the Boyce gym for practice.  Busing will be available to transport our FC students over to Boyce each day.  Lastly, the USC Athletic Department would like to welcome Coach Makayla Munchinski to our USC team of coaches as she helps guide our Panthers to victory this season.  Go Lady Panthers!      

    Head Coach: Makayla Munchinski - makmunchinski@gmail.com

    Equipment:  Each softball participant will need to have a glove, cleats, a helmet (preferred), a softball bat (preferred), and a water bottle. A USC softball uniform will be provided for games; however, this uniform must be returned at the end of the season.  

    ~  New Users to Healthy Roster- make sure to have your athlete registered before March 10, 2021. See Instructions Below.

    ~  Returning 2021-22 athletes to Healthy Roster- you must complete Section 8 before March 10, 2021. See Instructions Below.

    ~  The Fort Couch Athletic Registration Fee of $50 can now be paid online: https://webinfo.uscsd.k12.pa.us/middle-school-athletic-registration/  Please note: This is a one-time athletic fee for the entire 2021-2022 school year.  

     

    Boys Volleyball 

    Thursday, March 3rd - Team Meeting; FCMS Cafe; 2:50- 3:20pm

    Bump, set and spike! Come join the fun this spring season on the volleyball court while taking part in this high-energy team sport that will surely test your athleticism.  Volleyball programs are starting to pop up everywhere and it's a great time to learn how to play competitive volleyball.  Because boys volleyball starts for most athletes in the region at the middle school level, our team of coaches will teach the fundamental skills necessary to learn, develop, and excel in this rising sport.  On game day there will be two separate teams competing.  Both 7th and 8th grade students will play together during a 17-game schedule, and all practices will take place after school in the Fort Couch gym.      

    Head Coaches: Jace Palmer (Varsity)- jpalmer@uscsd.k12.pa.us /  Eric Magliocca (JV)- emagliocca@uscsd.k12.pa.us

    Equipment:   All boy volleyball participants should have tennis shoes, solid black (if possible) volleyball shorts and knee pads. USC game jerseys will be provided for each player and must be returned at the end of the season.

    ~  New Users to Healthy Roster- make sure to have your athlete registered before February 28, 2021. See Instructions Below.

    ~  Returning 2021- 22 athletes to Healthy Roster- you must complete Section 8 before February 28, 2021. See Instructions Below.

    ~  The Fort Couch Athletic Registration Fee of $50 can now be paid online: https://webinfo.uscsd.k12.pa.us/middle-school-athletic-registration/  Please note: This is a one-time athletic fee for the entire 2021-2022 school year.  

     

     

    Winter Sports Line-Up: 

    Girls Travel Basketball - starts Jan 4

    Girls Intramural BasketBallers - starts Jan 6

    Wrestling - in session

    Boys Travel Basketball - season concluded 

    Boys Intramurals Basketballers - season concluded

     

    Girls Travel Basketball 

    Tuesday, January 4th - Travel Team Tryout; Day 1 of 2 - 3:30-5pm @ FCMS Gym

    Wednesday, January 5th - No Practice; 7th grade team will be decided by 6pm and an email will be sent to notify those who make the team.  

    Thursday, January 6th 1st Team Practice @ Boyce MS; 3:30 daily bus transportation from FC to Boyce; Boyce 3:45- 5:00pm

    There will be two seperate teams, one 7th and one 8th grade team will be decided during tryouts; all players that do not make this team will be encouraged to play in the Basketballers intramural program- see details below.  The travel team will practice and play at Boyce MS and compete in a 15 game schedule. This team will be created by USC's head varsity coach, Pete Serio, and intended to be a feeder program into the HS girls basketball program. 

    Head Coaches: Caren Falascino (8th) - cfalascino@uscsd.k12.pa.us / Megan Beechy (7th) - mbeechy@uscsd.k12.pa.us

    Equipment:  All basketball players will need to have basketball shoes and a water bottle. A USC uniform will be provided for games; however, this uniform must be returned at the end of the season.

    ~  New Users to Healthy Roster- make sure to have your athlete registered before Jan. 3, 2021. See Instructions Below.

    ~  Returning athlete to Healthy Roster- you must complete Section 8 before Jan. 3, 2021. See Instructions Below.

     

    BasketBallers (Girls Intramural Basketball Program)

    Thursday, January 6th - Evaluation Practice; FCMS Gym; 3:30- 5:00pm; 1 of 2

    Friday, January 7th - Evaluation Practice; FCMS Gym; 3:30- 5:00pm; 2 of 2

    Monday, January 10th - Team Practice; FCMS Gym; 3:30- 5:00pm

    Tuesday, January 11th Team Practice; FCMS Gym; 3:30- 5:00pm

    Wednesday, January 12th - Start of the Regular Season

    The 4 to 6 girl basketball teams are organized by the FC Athletic Department and the games played exclusively in the Ft Couch gymnasium.  The teams which are created by our coaches, will compete in a regular season which will run January through February. The season will conclude with a tournament to decide who is Champion.  Each student will be assigned to a team and compete 2-3 days per week, Monday - Friday, from approximately 3:30-5:30 each day.  No weekend commitment.  

    Head Coaches:  Andrew Bowers - abowers@uscsd.k12.pa.us / Jennifer Cramer - jcramer@uscsd.k12.pa.us

    Equipment:  All BasketBaller players will need to have basketball shoes and a water bottle. A uniform jersey will be provided for games; however, this uniform must be returned at the end of the season.  In addition, we ask each BasketBaller player to wear black shorts and a white t-shirt under their jersey for all games. 

    ~  No PIAA forms and no Healthy Roster account will be needed to participate in the Basketballers Intramural program. 

     

    Wrestling 

    Friday, October 29th - University of Pitt and USC Alumni, Jake Slinger- wrestler, will discuss the sport, health & nutrition; FCMS GYM; 12:15pm

    Wednesday, November 10th - Team Meeting; FCMS Cafe; 2:50- 3:20pm

    Wednesday, November 17th - 1st practice of the season; Intro to wrestling; FCMS Gymnasium; 3:30-5pm

    Monday, November 22nd - Conditioning Practice; FCMS Cafeteria; 3:30-5pm

    Monday, November 29th - 1st full week of practice begins; FCMS Cafeteria; 3:30-5pm

    Friday, December 10th- Weight Certification; Hydration Testing; BMI Testing; 3:30 (make-up date is 11/13)

    Learn the art of wrestling from our experienced team of coaches and participate on a team that has a wide range of weight classes for all student-athletes.  Also gain life-building characteristics such as: stamina, max strength, speed, power, core strength, grip strength, proprioception, balance, physical toughness, flexibility. This team will flourish when it has athletes competing in all of the weight classes. Weight classes are as follows; 80-85, 86-91, 92-97, 98-103, 104-109, 110-115, 116-121, 122-127, 128-133, 134-141, 142-149, 150-159, 160-171, 172-204, 205-245.
    Head Coach:  Zoltan Toth- ftcouchpanther@gmail.com   Corey DelMastro- cdelmastro@uscsd.k12.pa.us    

    Equipment:  All wrestlers will need to have the proper wrestling shoes, practice clothing, and water bottle.   A USC uniform will be provided for matches; however, this uniform must be returned at the end of the season.

    ~  New Users to Healthy Roster- make sure to have your athlete registered before Nov. 16, 2021. See Instructions Below.

    ~  Returning athlete to Healthy Roster- you must complete Section 8 before Nov. 16, 2021. See Instructions Below.

     

    Boys Travel Basketball 

    Wednesday, November 3rd - Travel Team Tryout; Day 1 of 2 - 3:30-5pm @ FCMS Gym

    Thursday, November 4th - Travel Team Tryout; Day 2 of 2 - 3:30-5pm @ FCMS Gym

    Friday, November 5th 1st Team Practice @ Boyce MS; 3:30 daily bus transportation from FC to Boyce; 3:45- 5:00pm

    7th & 8th grade teams will be decided during tryouts; all players that do not make this team will be encouraged to play in the Basketballers intramural program- see below.  The travel team will practice and play at Boyce MS and compete in a 15 game schedule. This team will be created by USC's head varsity coach, Danny Holzer, and intended to be a feeder program into the HS boys basketball program. 

    Head Coaches:  Sam Klein (8th) - samk1514@gmail.com  /  Sam Gaetano (7th) -  svgaetano6@gmail.com

    Equipment: All basketball players will need basketball shoes, shorts, t-shirt, and water bottle for practice each day.  At the start of the season a USC uniform will be issued, however this uniform must be returned at the end of the season.

    ~  New Users to Healthy Roster- make sure to have your athlete registered before Nov. 2, 2021. See Instructions Below.

    ~  Returning athlete to Healthy Roster- you must complete Section 8 before Nov. 2, 2021. See Instructions Below.

     

     

    Basketballers (Boys Intramural Basketball Program)

    Friday, November 5th - Evaluation Practice; FCMS Gym; 3:30- 5:00pm

    Monday, November 8th - No School

    Tuesday, November 9th - Mr Palmer Team Practice and Mr Bowers Team Practice; FCMS Gym; 3:30- 5:00pm

    Wednesday, November 10th - Mr Ali Team Practice and Mr Palmer Team Practice; FCMS Gym; 3:30- 5:00pm

    Thursday, November 11th - Start of the Regular Season; All Stars v Broncos (game 1); Attack v Pumas (game 2)

    This 9-team Intramural basketball league is organized by the FC Physical Education Department and played exclusively in the Ft Couch gymnasium.  The nine teams, created by our three coaches, will compete in an 8-game regular season which will run up until the Winter break. The season will conclude with a tournament to decide who is the Basketballers Champion.  Each Student will be assigned to a team and will compete Monday - Friday from approximately 3:30-5:30 each day.  No weekend commitment. 
     
    Head Coaches: Jace Palmer- jpalmer@uscsd.k12.pa.us /Rich Alirali@uscsd.k12.pa.us/ Andrew Bowers - abowers@uscsd.k12.pa.us

    Equipment:  All BasketBaller players will need to have basketball shoes and a water bottle. A uniform jersey will be provided for games; however, this uniform must be returned at the end of the season.  In addition, we ask each BasketBaller player to wear black shorts and a white t-shirt under their jersey for all games.    

    ~  No PIAA forms and no Healthy Roster account will be needed to participate in the Basketballers program.  

      

    Healthy Roster for New Users 

    If you are a new user to Healthy Roster, please email the following information to one of the USC trainers listed below so they can set-up your account information.

    • Student’s name

    • Student’s DOB

    • Student’s graduation year

    • Student’s sports for the school year

    • Guardian’s name

    • Guardian’s email address

    Brittney Halbig: brittney.halbig@ahn.org

     

    ~ Healthy Roster Instructions for New Users 

    If you are a new user to Healthy Roster, please email the following information to our USC Athletic Trainers (listed below), so they can set-up your account information.

    • Student’s name

    • Student’s DOB

    • Student’s graduation year

    • Student’s sports for the school year

    • Guardian’s name

    • Guardian’s email address

    USC Athletic Trainer, Brittney Halbig: brittney.halbig@ahn.org

    USC Athletic Trainer, Robert Smith: Robert.SMITH@ahn.org

    ~ Healthy Roster for Athletes Competing in the Second or Third Season  

    Any student-athlete that will be returning this spring season to play a second or third sport is required to complete SECTION 8.  See steps below.

    1. Go to the Documents tab within your child's Health Roster account.

    2. Go to Upload a New Document  and click the icon.

    3. Select Document Type using the pull down arrow and select 2021 PIAA CIPPE- Section 8.

    4.  Fill out the fields and then click "Review and Sign" to review the completed document.

     

     

    September 1, 2020

    Indoor Mask Requirements for Athletics

    • All persons (including but not limited to coaches/sponsors, other adult personnel, students, etc.) shall wear a face covering at all times indoors, except while actively participating in vigorous athletic activity or eating or drinking.

    • Participants are permitted to wear masks during physical activity if they so desire.

    • While athletes are not required to wear face coverings while actively engaged in vigorous athletic activities indoors, they must wear face coverings when entering/exiting the building, on sidelines/bench areas, and in locker rooms, etc.

    At this time, we will not have any spectator limitations due to the size of  USC HS/MS gym, we just ask that spectators socially distance themselves in the seating area and wear masks while inside our school building.

      

     

     

    Aug 26, 2020

    FCMS Athletic Registration Fee: $50 due now for the 2021-2022 school year

    Note: This fee is a one-time fee for the 2021-2022 school year and allows participation in all three seasons- Fall, Winter, and Spring (No fee required for BasketBallers Intramural League).

    Please click the link below to pay via online services:

    https://webinfo.uscsd.k12.pa.us/middle-school-athletic-registration/ 

     

      

    Aug 13, 2021 

    Healthy Roster 

    If you are a new user to Healthy Roster, please email the following information to one of the USC trainers listed below so they can set-up your account information.

    • Student’s name
    • Student’s DOB
    • Student’s graduation year
    • Student’s sports for the school year
    • Guardian’s name
    • Guardian’s email address

     

    Brittney Halbig: brittney.halbig@ahn.org

    Nick Beckel:  nicholas.beckel@ahn.org

    Bree Spencer: brianna.spencer@ahn.org

     

     

    Football

    8th Grade 

    Head Coach: Lance Erdos - lerdos18@gmail.com

    Friday, August 13th - Equipment Handout; Team Meeting (10am- 12pm) 

    Thursday, August 19th - Heat Acclimation (Day 1 of 3) - (4- 6pm) 

    Friday, August 20th - Heat Acclimation (Day 2 of 3)  - (4- 6pm)

    Monday, August 23rd - Heat Acclimation (Day 3 of 3) - (4-6pm)

    Tuesday, August 24th - 1st full-pad practice will begin - (4-6pm)

     

    7th Grade

    Head Coach:  Brad Wilson -  bwilson@uscsd.k12.pa.us

    Tuesday, August 17th - Equipment Handout; Heat Acclimation (Day 1 of 3) - (4-6pm)

    Wednesday, August 18th - Heat Acclimation (Day 2 of 3) - (4-6pm)

    Thursday, August 19th - Heat Acclimation (Day 3 of 3) - (4-6pm)

    Monday, August 23rd -  1st full-pad practice - (4- 6pm) 

    Equipment

    All football equipment (excluding cleats) is issued by the USCSD. Every USCSD helmet is certified for the current school year.  If you plan on using your own helmet you must get it certified for the 2021 season.  Century Sports of Peters Twp. can certify your personal helmet.    

    ~  Please make sure to have your student-athlete registered in Healthy Roster before Tuesday, August 23th, 2021. 

     

    Co-Ed Swimming

    Head Coach: Alex Hardwick - coachalex@peaqpgh.org 

    Tuesday, August 24th -  Meeting in LGI during period 8 (3:00-3:15) with the coach

    Wednesday, September 8th - 1st practice @ USCHS Pool - (3:30-5pm)     

    Equipment

    All swimmers will need to have their own swim goggles and a black swimsuit.  USC Swim Jackets, along with practice and game swim caps will also be provided to each swimmer and must be returned at the end of the season.

    ~Please make sure to have your student-athlete registered in Healthy Roster before Tuesday, August 23th, 2021.

     

    Co-Ed Cross Country

    Head Coach: Steve Levine - slevine@uscsd.k12.pa.us 

    Tuesday, August 24th -  Meeting in Cafeteria during period 8 (3:00-3:15) with the coach

    Monday, August 30th - 1st practice @ FCMS - (3:30-5pm) 

    Equipment

    Runners must wear tennis shoes and comfortable practice clothing to each practice. Game jerseys will be provided to each runner and must be returned at the end of the season.

    ~Please make sure to have your student-athlete registered in Healthy Roster before Tuesday, August 23th, 2021.

     

    Girls Volleyball

    Head Coaches: Jace Palmer - jpalmer@uscsd.k12.pa.us  /Karen Martini/Nicole Kelly

    Tuesday, August 24th - Meeting in Gym during period 8 (3:00-3:15) with the coach

    Wednesday, August 25th - 1st practice @ FCMS - (3:30-5pm) 

    Equipment

    Players must wear tennis shoes, black volleyball shorts and knee pads. USC game jerseys will be provided to each player and must be returned at the end of the season.

    ~  Please make sure to have your student-athlete registered in Healthy Roster before Tuesday, August 23th, 2021. 

     

     

     

    July 3, 2021

    Football

    Heat acclimation date: TBD

    First practice date: August 23

    First scrimmage date: September 1

    First play date: (8th) September 8 (7th) September 9

     

    Volleyball and Cross Country

    first practice date August 30

    First Scrimmage September 7

    Play date: September 14

     

    MS Swim

    First practice date: September 7th

    First play date: September 20

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    2020- 2021

     

    June 21, 2021
     
    Please make sure to have your student-athlete registered in Heathly Roster before Tuesday, Aug 23.
     
    Fall Sports Line-Up:
    Boys Football (7th and 8th grade teams)
    Girls Volleyball (7th and 8th grade teams)
    Co-Ed Cross Country 
    Co-Ed Swimming
     

    Upper St. Clair School District will be using Allegheny Health Network Sports Medicine for all USC athletic training needs. One of the features AHN brings to Upper St. Clair is Healthy Roster. Healthy Roster is a free mobile website program connecting parents and coaches from Upper St. Clair with their licensed athletic trainers to improve communication and care for student-athletes.

    The program is HIPPA compliant – meaning your child’s information is secure and available only to individuals you choose.

     

    For more information on how to register your child in Healthy Roster click the link.   Click here for step by step instructions.
     

    Please be advised that all athlete's PIAA physical paperwork should be submitted into Healthy Roster before Monday, August 9th for Fall sports participation. Note: The documents must be submitted with both parent & student signatures!

    Brittney Halbig: brittney.halbig@ahn.org

    Nick Beckel:  nicholas.beckel@ahn.org

    Bree Spencer:  brianna.spencer@ahn.org

     

    If you have any questions regarding the Healthy Roster registration program please message the Athletic Trainers using the emails below or use the Healthy Roster "Message Center."

    USC Athletic Trainer Email Addresses:

     

     

     

     
     

     

     2020-2021: Announcements

     
    FALL SPORTS MEETINGS: Wednesday, May 26th, @1:00:
     
     

    Sport:

    Coach:

    Meeting Link:

    Boys’ Soccer

    Uwe

    meet.google.com/qbz-dmjr-uyj

    Girls’ Soccer

    Wagner

    meet.google.com/foq-qrre-omu

    Boys’ Golf

    Martocci

    meet.google.com/cxe-hizz-rwq?authuser=0

    Girls’ Golf

    Loomis

    meet.google.com/xvx-ewia-puj

    9th Grade Football

    Gaetano

    https://meet.google.com/rca-nvtm-scu?authuser=1

    Field Hockey

    Rocco

    meet.google.com/hrw-dozo-kyq

    Girls’ Tennis

    Villani

    meet.google.com/tnb-bier-rfk

    Girls’ Volleyball

    Casey

    meet.google.com/wfx-kstf-rrt

    Cross Country

    Chermak

    https://meet.google.com/tds-nrbo-bte

     
    Friday, May 21st: Fall Sports Meetings:
     
    There will be a Fall Sports Meeting for all 8th graders interested in playing a Fall sport at the high school.  Fall sports include girls' and boys' soccer, girls' and boys' golf, girls' tennis, field hockey, girls' volleyball, 9th-grade football, and cross country.  The meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 26th, at 1:00.    The meetings will be held virtually and hosted by high school coaches.  Meeting links will be posted by next week.  Thank you!
     
     
    April 22nd, 2021
     
    A message from our Athletic Training Office: 
     
    Hello Parents!   Please be patient with PIAA documents for the fall. Please DO NOT turn any documentation in for your child/children before June 1st. The PIAA is revamping the CIPPE Physical Forms and will have new forms coming out soon. You may however still register your child on Healthy Roster, but avoid doing any paperwork until after June 1st, 2021.

     
    April 8th, 2021
     
    To all Fort Couch 7th graders who are interested in playing a sport next year, please fill out the form below to help our coaches communicate with families.  Also, please make sure you have set up your Healthy Roster account if you have not done so already.  If you plan on playing a sport next season you must have a physical after June 1st of the current year.  
     
    FCMS Sports Interest Form: https://forms.gle/GoFYJfyYzBJ63JwTA
     
     
     
    April 6th, 2021
     
    If you have not already please sign up for the FCMS track Remind app.  This is how Coach Calvetti will contact the team.  Link to the app: https://www.remind.com/join/ftcou

     

    March 1st, 2021

    Attention all athletes wanting to compete in MS athletics this Spring. On Wednesday, March 3rd we will be hosting virtual meetings for boys and girls track and field, boys and girls swimming, boys volleyball, and girls softball. If you are interested in participating in any of these teams please make it a point to attend the virtual meeting on Wednesday.

    Wednesday, March 3 @ 12:15pm - 12:30pm

    VIRTUAL MEETING LINKS:

     Updated information for the track and field meeting:  


    December 17th, Winter Sports Update:

    The Athletic Department would like to remind you that our Fort Couch girls' basketball season is just around the corner and we are hopeful that the season will get started upon our return from winter break. Below you can view the various links so that you will be ready for the first practice on Thursday, January 7.

    First Week of Practice:

    Date: Thursday, January 7 - Friday, January 8th

    Where: Ft Couch Gymnasium

    Time: 3:20-5:00pm (parent pick-up)

    Our department also wanted to remind you about submitting a complete PIAA physical to Healthy Roster. Click the link for instructions on how to navigate through Healthy Roster.

    Click the link to see more information for the GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

    Click the link to see COVID-19 Protocols for Winter Basketball Season 2020

    General Announcements:

    1. A one-time athletic fee of $50 must be paid for the 2020-21 school year. A check can be sent to Ft Couch (payable to USCSD).
    2. A Fort Couch uniform will be issued to each student at the start of the season and must be returned upon completion.
    3. SCHOOL BOARD POLICY FOR PARENT COMMUTING CHILD FROM AWAY COMPETITION: Any parent/guardian attending an away game must provide a written note to the Ft Couch office stating their interest to drive their child home from the opposing school. Approval will be granted by the Principal, Mr. Joseph Demar. This note should be given to the coach upon entering the bus for an away game. Otherwise, if this procedure is not followed correctly the athlete will be transported back to Ft Couch upon completion of the game.

    Contact information for our coaches:

    • 8th Grade Coach- Mrs. Caren Falascino (cfalascino@uscsd.k12.pa.us)
    • 7th Grade Coach- Mrs. Jennifer Cramer (jcramer@uscsd.k12.pa.us)

    Hope to see you on the court!

    November 11th, Winter Sports Update:
     
    There will be an in-person/remote meeting for any 7th or 8th-grader interested in competing on our Fort Couch Wrestling Team.  The meeting will be held in room 138 (near the team 2 hallway) at 3:00 tomorrow, November 12th. If you are in hybrid group A or a remote student, use the following link to access the meeting:  meet.google.com/xht-jdzr-sqh.  During this meeting, we are going to determine how many interested wrestlers we have and the process to get signed registered on Healthy Roster.  
     
     
    October 19th, Winter Sports Update:
     
    There will be an in-person/remote meeting for any 7th or 8th-grade boy interested in playing for our Fort Couch Travel Basketball Team.  The meeting will be hosted by the varsity head coach, Danny Holzer, and will be held in the LGI on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 3:00 (period 8). If you are in hybrid group B or a remote student use the following link to access the meeting:  meet.google.com/xht-jdzr-sqh.  Click the link below to access more information on tryouts.  
     
     
    If you are not interested in the Fort Couch Travel team, then click below for information on our in-house rec program, the Fort Couch BasketBallers. 
     
    Informational letter for the travel program and the Fort Couch BasketBallers program.
     
     
     All athletes participating in either program will be required to complete a PIAA physical and register on the Healthy Roster website.  Click here for information related to Healthy Roster.
     
     
    September 3rd, Fall Sports Update:
     
    At 2:00 today there will be remote athletic meetings for Girls' Volleyball and Cross Country led by our coaches.  Students will be provided links through Canvas.  
     
    A lot of parents have expressed concern over using the Healthy Roster App.  Here are a few tips to help:
    • We recommend using the website instead of the app.  The website is more user-friendly than the app.
    • Make sure you assign your athlete a sport.  To do this click on the three dots in your child's account, click on manage teams, and click the appropriate teams for the year. 
    • The only way to add another child to your existing account is to email the high school trainers.  They will add them for you.

                -Brittney Halbig: brittney.halbig@ahn.org

                -Nick Beckel: nicholas.beckel@ahn.org

    • Parents and students must sign all appropriate forms.  There were many instances of paperwork missing student signatures.

    A final reminder that the sign-ups for cross-country and girls' volleyball will close this Friday.   Please make sure that you sign the USC School District Athletic Waiver form below so that your child can participate in athletics.  

     
    August 27th, 2020 - Fall Season Update:
     
    Welcome back to the fall sports season! Thank you for your patience.  
     
    USC School District Athletic Department Participation Waiver
    for Communicable Diseases Including COVID-19: 
     
    Girls' Volleyball and Coed Cross Country Updates:
    Due to the constraints placed upon school districts by the Allegheny Health Dept. the number of people allowed within an indoor setting is 25.  This may not allow us to continue our volleyball season in our normal format.  We may need to move to a format where athletes will participate in a tryout to make the team.  However, we will continue to have three teams to ensure the highest number of participants possible
     
    There are fewer constraints placed upon cross-country since it is outdoors.  However, there may be a limit on the number of athletes allowed to travel to away meets. 
     
    If your athlete is interested in playing Girls' Volleyball or Coed Cross County please sign up no later than September 4th.  Due to the constraints, we will not accept any late sign-ups.
     
     
    7th and 8th Grade Football
    If you are interested in playing football please contact Coach Erdos or Coach Nicholson asap: 
       -8th Grade: Coach Erdos: lerdos@moonarea.net
       -7th Grade: Coach Nicholson: jnicholson@uscsd.k12.pa.us
       
    Mandatory heat acclimation practice will begin on Tuesday, September 1st at Fort Couch.  You are required to have a PIAA physical uploaded to the Healthy Roster app to participate in the practice.  
       -8th Grade Heat Acclimation: 3:30-5:15
       -7th Grade Heat Acclimation: 3:45-5:15
     
     
    Healthy Roster Requirements:
     
    Lastly, all athletes cannot participate in middle school sports without a PIAA physical uploaded into the Healthy Roster App.  See the information below to help with the app.  If you have any questions or concerns email Brittany Halbig at brittany.halbig@ahn.org
     
     
    August 13th, 2020 - Fall Season Start Dates:
     
    Hello, we appreciate your patience with the athletic department.  After several meetings with our league, we have agreed upon the following start dates for the Fall middle school athletic season.  More information on sign-ups and meetings will follow. 
     
    7th and 8th Grade Football:
       -Heat Acclimatization: September 1
       -1st Practice Date/Equipment Handout: September 8
       -1st Scrimmage Date: September 16/17
       -1st Game Date: September 23/24
     
    Girls' Volleyball: 
         -1st Scrimmage Date: September 15
       -1st Game Date: September 17
     
    Coed Cross Country: 
       -1st Scrimmage Date: September 16
       -1st Game Date: September 21
     
    Boys' and Girls' Swimming: 
       -Moving to the spring season.
       -First Practice Date: Monday, April 5, 2020
       -First Play Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2020
     

     
    June 1st, 2020
     
    Hello, Fort Couch athletes and parents!  As the school year comes to a close we wanted to pass along some info for the upcoming athletic year.  The letter below provides details on our new app that we will be using to input your physical information.  There will be more updates coming out regarding sign-ups, registration fees payments, and sports meetings throughout the summer.  In the meantime, I would set up your physical examination as soon as possible and get your info loaded into Healthy Roster.  Thank you and enjoy your summer!

    Dear USC Athletic Family:

    Beginning with the upcoming 2020-21 school year, the Upper St. Clair School District will be using Allegheny Health Network Sports Medicine for all athletic training needs. One of the features AHN brings to Upper St. Clair is Healthy Roster. Healthy Roster is a free mobile website program connecting parents and coaches from Upper St. Clair with their licensed athletic trainer to improve communication and care for student-athletes.

    The program is HIPPA compliant – meaning your child’s information is secure and available only to individuals you choose. Some of the changes include:

    • The Upper St. Clair Athletic Department will be using this online tool to register student-athletes this year. We will no longer be using Family ID.
    •  Student-athletes will be required to pay the appropriate fee (see below). More information on the payment procedure will be coming.

    To create a new account and get started using Healthy Roster, download Healthy Roster from the App Store (iPhone users) or Google Play (Android users) and enter the following code: PANTHERS.

    -Upper-St-Claire-HS-Parent-Flyer-with-CODE2

    -Click here to download the PIAA physical. 

    -SECTION 6 must be completed by your physician and submitted on Healthy Roster. 

    Below are links to the Healthy Roster Training Camp website that may help as you first start to navigate Healthy Roster.

    -https://hrtraining.camp/athletic-director-walkthrough

    -https://hrtraining.camp/parents

     

    2020-21 Fort Couch Middle School Athletic Fees

    • At Fort Couch, students pay a one-time $50.00 flat fee that covers all of their sports for the entire season. 
    • If the registration fee presents a financial hardship and/or would prohibit your child’s participation, please contact Dr. Rozzo, superintendent of schools, at jrozzo@uscsd.k12.pa.us so that we can assist.