Athletics


Catholic schools are excellent because they are holistic in nature. They educate the whole person. In addition to the spiritual and intellectual dimensions, there is the need for the physical development of each student. Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh support sports programs as part of their ministry to their students. Every effort is made to place competitive sports in a Christian perspective.

Saint Teresa of Avila School has a vibrant Athletics program with a no-cut, all-play policy.  All uninjured athletes who participate in practices on any regular basis shall play in each game.  There are six sports programs, and most have fees held at about $45.

Athletics offers:

Little Titans Basketball, in the fall, open to boys and girls in grades 1 – 3.
Boys Basketball, in the fall and winter, open to boys in grades 3 – 8.
Girls Basketball, in the fall and winter, open to girls in grades 3 – 8.
Cheerleading Pep Squad, in the fall, open to girls in grades K – 3.
Cheerleading, in the fall and winter, open to girls in grades 4 – 8.
Cross Country, in the fall, open to boys and girls in grades 3 – 8.
Football, in the fall, open to boys in grades 3 – 8.
Little Titans Soccer, in the spring, open to boys and girls in Pre-K3 to grade 3.
Soccer, in the spring, open to boys and girls in grades 4 – 8.
Boys Volleyball, in the spring, open to boys in grades 5 – 8.
Girls Volleyball, in the fall, open to girls in grades 5 – 8.

Athletics forms and safety procedures.

Administration


The Athletic Association provides support for the school’s Athletic programs.  All parents who have a child who attends Saint Teresa of Avila or its partnering schools for athletics are invited and welcome to attend.  Please join us!

Our goals:

  • To teach, develop and exemplify Christian character.  
  • To teach principles of good sportsmanship.  
  • To provide athletic opportunities for students through Diocesan and community competition and intramural activities.  
  • To provide the necessary personnel, equipment and facilities to carry out the athletic program at Saint Teresa’s.  
  • To fully abide by the Guidelines for Catholic Elementary Schools Sports Programs.  
  • To ensure that coaches are aware that although the winning of games is not the primary goal, Saint Teresa strives to field competitive teams in all sports in which it competes.

Officers for the 2015 – 2017 school year:
President: Chris Yakim  Email (412) 366-0507
Vice President: Paul Malone
Treasurer: Greg Walker
Recording Secretary: Leslie Koch
Corresponding Secretary: Mike Downey

Trustees:
Bud Burke
Lori Kenna
Bob Kocent

Meetings are generally held at 7 PM on the second Tuesday of each month (August – May), in the Library.  All parents who have kids who play sports are automatically members of the Athletic Association, and all school parents are welcome!

We look forward to seeing you at the meetings and getting involved with Athletics at Saint Teresa of Avila School.   

The following three forms must be turned in for the athlete:

Athletic Association Registration Form

Code of Conduct

Physical Release Form

As needed:

Injury Report

The Saint Teresa Athletic Association fields six sports teams for boys and girls.  Our primary goal is for each student to be well-coached in a safe environment.  Each athlete is dressed in attractive uniforms, which are updated regularly.  We strive to give them the most up-to-date equipment available for effective coaching and safe play.  Titans play home games at our well-maintained gym and at fields, while maintaining some of the lowest athlete participation costs of any school in the region.

We accomplish all of this with strong parent and alumni contributions of time and treasure.  Here are some of our regular fundraisers that help us accomplish this:

  • Night at the Races – held in Henninger Auditorium (our school gym) November 12, 2016 at 6:30pm
  • Super Bowl Pool (February)
  • Titan Classic – the Fourth Grade Regional Boys & Girls Basketball Tournament – in early March
  • Concessions – offered at all Boys & Girls Basketball Games

Saint Teresa Students, Athletes, and Families also give back by:

  • Bussing Tables at the Parish Fish Fry during Lent
  • Fully staffing and maintaining a booth at the Saint Teresa Parish Festival

While at Titan Home Games in Henninger Auditorium (our school gym), check out the treats at the Titan Cafe!

Athletics Safety Procedures regarding concussions

For important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion, please go to the CDC Website 

Here you will find information such as the following:

A Fact Sheet for Athletes
A Fact Sheet for Parents
A Fact Sheet for Coaches

Concussion Baseline Test Options
For any student who has not had his/her first concussion baseline testing, and is a Saint Teresa student participating in Saint Teresa sports programs, the Athletic Association will cover the cost of their first testing.  This will be for either the C3 Logix Test of the IMPACT Test.  Having a baseline concussion test is strongly recommended for all students participating in sports after the age of 10.  The Saint Teresa Athletic Association will pay for the first baseline test per child during your time at Saint Teresa School.  Check with your health care provider first to determine which test is better for you.

There are two options that the Athletic Association has arranged:

C3 Logix Test

For more information on this test, refer to www.c3logix.com

Available at either of  Dr. Ed Snell’s offices at Allegheny Sports Medicine 

Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion
12311 Perry Highway
Wexford, PA 15090
or

1307 Federal St
2nd Floor; Suite 100
Pittsburgh, PA  15212

Parking is available in the garage or at the street parking meters.

The cost is $25/student, cash or check.  Return your receipt to the Athletic Association in the school office and you will be refunded the cost of the exam.

Student must be at least 10 years old at the time of testing and parents must be present for the duration of the testing, which takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Please call 412-442-2225 to arrange the screening.  Be sure to specify which office you wish to have your screening.  Leave your name and phone number and reason for the call.  Missy Bauer will return your call to schedule your appointment.

IMPACT Test

Available at Pediatric Alliance
4721 McKnight Road, # 209N
Pittsburgh PA

$15 cost billed directly to the Athletic Association, unless your child has already had a test paid for by Saint Teresa Athletics.   Pediatric Alliance has agreed to honor the $15 rate for our students who have already had a baseline test completed.  Be sure to request the Saint Teresa School rate when making your appointment.

Student must be at least 10 years-old at time of testing (which takes approximately 30-40 minutes).

Please call 412-366-5550 to arrange the testing and mention that your child attends Saint Teresa School.  Any staff member can coordinate the appointment with Amy, who keeps track of the Saint Teresa students who are screened.

All testing must be completed by no later than 4/30/16 and your receipt of payment must be received by 5/8/16 to receive reimbursement.

Sports Offered


Boys Basketball

The boys basketball program is under the direction of Joseph Frank, head varsity coach.  Mr. Frank has considerable basketball experience and has coached at St. Teresa School for more than 25 years.  

Students may participate in boys basketball from third – eighth grade.  The boys’ program provides basketball instruction and opportunity at various levels of participation and competition.  Depending on the number of players at the various levels, the boys program consists of Instructional Team(s) – (3rd & 4th  grade), Developmental Team(s) – JV (5th  & 6th  grade) and Varsity (7th  & 8th  grade) and Diocesan Teams – JV (5th & 6th grade) and Varsity (7th & 8th grade).  The regular season for basketball begins in October. Home games are generally held on weekend evenings.

The objective of the Program is to teach the individual and team fundamentals of the game and to provide a team for each student who wants to participate.  All basketball team head and assistant coaches are certified by the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the State of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Frank states that “all coaches in the boys’ program must possess the commitment and willingness to run a quality program.”  He adds that “they must focus on player development, planned quality practices, and thorough game preparation.”     

Instructional Basketball

Generally, the Instructional Team is comprised of participants from the third and fourth grades.  At this initial level, the students are provided with instruction concerning all basic basketball fundamentals and are introduced to team competition with other school programs. Players share playing time and no score is kept through the regular season.

Junior Varsity Basketball

Junior Varsity level teams are generally comprised of students from the fifth and sixth grades.  The JV Diocesan Team is comprised of players selected by the coaching staff based on their demonstrated performance and ability to compete at this level. Players not selected for this team are eligible to participate in the Junior Varsity Developmental Team. Both teams play a full complement of games against other schools.

Varsity Basketball

Varsity level teams are generally comprised of students from the seventh and eighth grades.  The Varsity Diocesan Team is comprised of players selected by the coaching staff based on their demonstrated performance and ability to compete at this, the highest level of grade school competition.  Players not selected for this team are eligible to participate in the Varsity Developmental Team.  Both teams play a full complement of games against other schools.

Coaches

Instructional Team – Ryan Miller
Junior Varsity Team – Joey Frank
Varsity – Joe Frank

All inquiries should be directed to D
Director of Basketball:

Joe Frank
Email
412-366-7392

Practices and Games

Practices are held at Henninger Auditorium and other available local gym sites.  Practices generally go for one to two hours.  Practices are held throughout the week and games are held generally on weekends.  The season concludes in February / March.  

Girls Basketball

The girls basketball program is under the direction of Mike Fischer, head varsity coach.  

Students may participate in girls basketball from third – eighth grade.  The girls program provides basketball instruction and opportunity at various levels of participation and competition.  Depending on the number of players at the various levels, the girls program consists of the Instructional Team (3rd & 4th  grade), JV (5th  & 6th  grade), and Varsity (7th  & 8th  grade).  The regular season for basketball begins in October. Home games are generally held on weekend afternoons or evenings.

The objective of the Program is to teach the individual and team fundamentals of the game and to provide a team for each student who wants to participate.

Instructional Basketball

The Instructional Team is comprised of participants from the third and fourth grades.  At this initial level, the students are provided with instruction concerning all basic basketball fundamentals and are introduced to team competition with other school programs. Players share playing time and no score is kept through the regular season.  Saint Teresa’s hosts the annual Titan Classic at the end of each season.

Junior Varsity Basketball

Junior Varsity level teams are generally comprised of students from the fifth and sixth grades.  The JV Diocesan Team is comprised of players selected by the coaching staff based on their demonstrated performance and ability to compete at this level. Players not selected for this team are eligible to participate in the Junior Varsity Developmental Team. Both teams play a full complement of games against other schools.

Varsity Basketball

Varsity level teams are generally comprised of students from the seventh and eighth grades.  The Varsity Diocesan Team is comprised of players selected by the coaching staff based on their demonstrated performance and ability to compete at this, the highest level of grade school competition.  Players not selected for this team are eligible to participate in the Varsity Developmental Team. Both teams play a full complement of games against other schools.

Coaches

Instructional Team –  Dennis Very, Jim Baker
Junior Varsity (Diocesan) – Lori Kenna, Jim Kenna, Todd Ussack
Junior Varsity (Developmental) – Aimee Skrtich, John Marlovits
Varsity – Mike Fischer, Rick Taschner, Maria Young

All inquiries should be directed to Director of Basketball:

Mike Fischer
Head Varsity Coach
Email
724-799-3270 (cell)

Practices and Games

Practices start in mid-October and are held at Henninger Auditorium. We typically practice for an hour and a half on 2-3 days a week.  Home games are on Sundays and there is usually one away game during the week or on Saturdays.  The season concludes in March with playoffs and tournaments.

Little Titans Basketball

The Little Titans Basketball Program is an instructional program for boys and girls in first, second and third grades.  The program is under the direction of Joseph Frank, basketball director and head varsity boys coach.  Mr. Frank has considerable basketball experience and has coached at St. Teresa School for more than 25 years.

The focus of the program is to teach basic FUNndamental basketball skills to our future Titans. The children have FUN and will enjoy playing basketball – smiles, laughs and good feelings are important.  A minimum of four, weekly, 90 minute sessions are conducted on Saturday mornings during September-October.

The Little Titans learn to cooperate with teammates and develop positive attitudes about fair play.  Players learn to respect their teammates, opponents, officials and themselves – courage, caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are emphasized throughout the program.

Adjustable height hoops are used and the children will be introduced to individual and team competition.  Each Little Titan will receive a tee-shirt, basketball, and photo – all of which are included in the $25 registration fee.

Each Little Titan should bring their own basketball marked with their name to the first session.  Lots of help is needed, so if you would like to assist and you have the necessary Diocese of Pittsburgh clearances, you are welcome to be a part of the staff.  Please contact Mr. Frank if you have any questions or if you would like to help.  If clearances are needed, please refer to the Diocese of Pittsburgh web site for processing.

Coach

Joseph Frank

All inquiries should be directed to Director of Basketball:

Joe Frank
Email
412-366-7392

Practices and Games

Practices are held at Henninger Auditorium on Saturday mornings during September and October.  

Varsity and Junior Varsity

Cheerleading is under the direction of Sarah Trout.

Girls may participate in Cheerleading from fourth – eighth grade.  Cheerleading provides confidence in the girls to perform in front of an audience and teaches the girls to work together as a squad.  The regular season for Cheerleading begins in mid-July with camp.  We cheer all home football and basketball games.

Coach

Sarah Trout
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412-337-5351

Practices and Games

Practices are held at Henninger Auditorium usually after school once school starts. We typically practice for an hour and a half one to two days a week and cheer at games on Saturday or Sunday afternoons or evenings. The season concludes in either in February when basketball season ends or the end of March if the squads compete.

Pep Squad

The Pep Squad is under the direction of Sarah Trout.

Girls may participate in Pep Squad from kindergarten – third grade.  Pep Squad provides self confidence for the girls.  The girls are introduced to cheerleading jumps, motions, and chants. They learn a dance and a cheer every year from alumni cheerleaders.  The dance and cheer are performed at all home football games and the nearby away games. The regular season for Pep Squad begins in mid-July.  Home games are generally held on weekend afternoons or evenings.

Coach

Sarah Trout
Email
412-337-5351

Practices and Games

Practices are held at Henninger Auditorium.  We typically practice for an hour and fifteen minutes on two days a week and cheer at games on Saturday or Sunday afternoons or evenings. The season concludes in February.

Cross Country is under the direction of Midge Malone.

Boys and girls may participate in Cross Country from third – eighth grade.  Cross Country running strengthens your cardio system, and is great training for all sports.  It provides self-confidence and allows you to achieve at your own pace.  The regular season for Cross Country begins in early August and ends with the Catholic Grade School Championship in mid-October.

Coaches

Midge Malone
Email
412-897-9016

Glen Groll

Practices and Games

Practices and home meets are held at North Park.  We typically practice for an hour and a half two nights a week and Saturday mornings during pre-season.  Voluntary Sunday evening “speed workouts” begin in August.  Meets or invitational races are held about twice a week from late August to mid-October with a few practices along the way.

Football is under the direction of Dave Tonery

Boys may participate in Football from third – eighth grade.   Football provides discipline and sportsmanship.  Saint Teresa is the Sponsor cornerstone of the Northern Catholic Wolverine Football Program, bringing together the families from several schools including: Northside Catholic, Assumption, St. James, St. Sebastian, as well as players from a few other schools.  We take pride in teaching the boys to be the best they can be as students, classmates, friends and teammates!  The regular season for Football runs August through October and the end of the season is celebrated with the entire school family at the annual Golden Bowl, where we send forth our graduating football players and cheerleaders.

JJV Football

Generally, the JJV Team is comprised of participants from the third and fourth grades.  At this initial level, the students are provided with instruction concerning all basic football fundamentals and are introduced to team competition with other school programs.

Junior Varsity Football

Junior Varsity level teams are generally comprised of students from the fifth and sixth grades. The JV team plays a full complement of games against other schools.

Varsity Football

Varsity level teams are generally comprised of students from the seventh and eighth grades.  The Varsity team plays a full complement of games against other schools.

Coaches

Dave Tonery
Email

Practices and Games

Practices are held at Scharmyn Field. We typically practice for two hours three nights a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 6 P.M. – dusk).  Home games are held at Ross Elementary  School.  Game times on Sunday start at 1 P.M.  The season concludes in end October.

 

Soccer is under the direction of Liz Birch.

Boys and girls may participate in Soccer from fourth – eighth grade.  Soccer helps kids work as a team while they develop skills such as speed, agility, and tactical decision making.  Players with all levels of skills and abilities are welcome to participate.  Our soccer program has been blessed with such high levels of participation that we have been able to field a co-ed team for each grade for the last five years.  The regular season for Soccer begins in early April and ends in May, but some teams may advance to tournaments that typically take place within the first two weeks of June.

Developmental Soccer

Developmental level teams are generally comprised of participants from the fourth grade, but sometimes mixed with a few third graders depending on the numbers.

Junior Varsity Soccer

Junior Varsity level teams are generally comprised of students from the fifth and sixth grades.

Varsity Soccer

Varsity level teams are generally comprised of students from the seventh and eighth grades.  

Equipment

Soccer cleats, shin guards, and black shorts must be worn by all players.  Players in Developmental and JV need to have a size 4 soccer ball, and players at the Varsity level need a size 5 soccer ball.  Those athletes with braces should also consider wearing a mouth guard.  The STAA will provide each player with a white jersey and socks for home games, as well as a green jersey and socks for away games.

Coaches

Program Director – Liz Birch
Email
724-816-1202

Practices and Games

Practices are held at Reis Run Soccer Complex.  Each team typically practices from 6:00 P.M. -7:30 P.M. one night a week.  There are four home games at Ross Elementary School and four away games during the spring season which concludes at the end of May.

Tournaments:

The Developmental team is guaranteed a spot in the tournament that usually takes place in early June.  The JV and Varsity have to earn their way into the playoffs each year by achieving first, second, or third place in the ranks of their section. Diocesan tournaments are held at the beautiful Highmark Stadium in early June.  What an experience it is to play in the same stadium as the Pittsburgh Riverhounds!

For more information about standings, rules, field locations, visit the Diocese of Pittsburgh Soccer league website.  We are very fortunate to take part in such a well-organized soccer program!

Diocese of Pittsburgh Soccer homepage – includes schedules, standings, directions.

Track and Field

Track and Field is under the direction of Midge Malone.

Boys and girls may participate in Track and Field from fourth – eighth grade.  The program is designed to introduce the young athletes at St. Teresa to all aspects of track and field. The athletes can participate in sprinting events, mid-distance events, distance events and relays.  In addition there are three field events: long jump, turbo javelin, and shot-put.

Novice

4th grade

Junior Varsity

5th & 6th grade

Varsity

7th & 8th grade
Over the period of the season participants will work on fundamentals, speed training, endurance training and a little bit of mental training. HOW to stay tough and competitive during a race is a key component.

The program sets realistic but challenging goals for each individual. Finally the spirit of competition is always a factor all season long. Coaches will review how participants can score individually and as a team.

Coach

Midge Malone
Email
412-897-9016

Practices and Meets

This is a Spring sport. Practices are typically two times a week and take place at neighboring outdoor tracks. Track & Field Invitationals are typically on Saturday mornings during the season with a few variation throughout the season.

 

Boys Volleyball

Boys Volleyball is under the direction of Kevin Mosbacher.

Boys may participate in Volleyball from fifth – eighth grade.  Volleyball provides the young athletes with the opportunity to learn the basic skills of volleyball and then to incorporate those in competitive game situations.  The regular season for Volleyball begins in mid-March.  

Coach

Kevin Mosbacher
Email

Practices and Games

Practices are held at Henninger Auditorium right after school several days a week.  Games are usually in the evenings during the week with an occasional game on weekends. The season begins in mid-March and will be completed by mid-May.

Girls Volleyball

Girls Volleyball is under the direction of Jay Rossi.

Girls may participate in Volleyball from fifth – eighth grade.  Volleyball promotes physical, emotional, and social growth while encouraging individual and team skill development. The regular season for Volleyball begins in September.

Coach

Jay Rossi
Email
412-369-8642

Practices and Games

Practices are held at Henninger Auditorium usually in the evenings once school starts. We typically practice for an hour and a half one to two days per week depending on game schedule. The season concludes in October.