• 2021-2022: Ft. Couch MS Athletics

    Sept 1, 2020

    Indoor Mask Requirements for Athletics

    Indoor Masking 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: Due now for Fall sports

    Note: This fee is a one-time fee for the 2021-2022 school year and allows the participation in all three seasons- Fall, Winter, and Spring. 


    $50.00 check can be made payable to: USCSD

    Send payment to:

    Fort Couch Athletic Department 

    515 Fort Couch Road

    Pittsburgh, PA 15241


    Aug 13, 2021 

    Healthy Roster

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

    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




    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) 


    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)     


    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) 


    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) 


    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


    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


    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:



    Meeting Link:

    Boys’ Soccer



    Girls’ Soccer



    Boys’ Golf



    Girls’ Golf



    9th Grade Football



    Field Hockey



    Girls’ Tennis



    Girls’ Volleyball



    Cross Country



    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


     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.


    -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.




    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.