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University of Calgary Fastball Club
The University of Calgary Women's Softball Club provides young women, attending the University of Calgary, with the opportunity to participate in competitive intercollegiate softball as a means of enriching their university life experience. While the program is primarily self funded,  the club is beginning to receive  financial support from local businesses.

The University of Calgary Dinos Fastball Club is one of the founding team members of the Alberta Intercollegiate Women’s Fastball Association (AIWFA). The AIWFA was established in western Canada in 2002, and consisted of five teams. Now called the Western Collegiate Fastball Association ( WCSA ), the league has six teams, and now includes SAIT Polytechnic, the University of Saskatchewan, Briercrest College and Seminary, the University of Regina and the University of Lethbridge.

In 2008, the University of Calgary hosted the inaugural Canadian Collegiate National Championship. The University of Calgary is the only school to have attended all eleven Canadian Collegiate National Championships. The Dinos have medalled twice, most recently a Bronze in 2018, with the 2011 team winning a Silver medal as National runner up.  The Canadian Collegiate Softball Association ( CCSA ) oversees the National Championships, setting qualification guidelines for the WCSA, the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association ( OCAA ) and the Ontario Intercollegiate Women's Fastpitch Association ( OIWFA ). 

Since the 2011 season the Dinos have undertaken most ambitious schedules, playing in over 30 games each season, including  trips into the United States, and the Dinos have raised their expectations of success. The 2014 season saw the team build on their 2013 season's successful 16 win, 1 loss regular season record, by capturing the WCSA Championship during the 2014 playoffs. Since 2010, the team has earned at least a bronze medal finish in the League Championships each year. These successes have ensured berths into the CCSA National Championships each October, and  the 11 straight appearances at Nationals for the Dinos are unmatched by any school in Canada.

The 2018 Dinos will be back in the gym for off season work, working towards building a strong contending team. Come out to support the team as we attempt to bring the 2019 WCSA Championship home. 

 

 

Advice from the coaching staff about the recruiting process

Contact us as early as possible. While most athletes contact us in their Grade 12 year prior to graduating, the preference of the coaches is to be able to watch you play with your club team in the summers prior to your Grade 11 or Grade 12 school years. A player is generally the most comfortable with their own team and team mates, and we usually see the athletes best performance then, as opposed to the walk on situation prior to your first year at school. This allows us to watch your progression as a player, meet and talk with you and your parents, and give advice about the University of Calgary and its programs.

The coaching staff attends a number of tournaments every spring and summer. The Canada Cup in Surrey in July, the CWFA in Calgary in June are mainstays. Other tournaments are added to our schedule as we determine where we will see the players we are interested in. So help yourself by letting us know your tournament schedule as soon as you can.

As well. please seriously consider visiting campus. Campus tours can easily be arranged, customized to the field of study you are interested in. Coach Harlos would like to meet with you while you are in Calgary, and if the time matches up you can attend a team practice during November to March. For local student athletes this can mean multiple practices too.

For inquiries into opportunities for the current recruiting class ( 2019 ) or general questions, contact Head Coach Neal Harlos at fastball@ucalgary.ca .

For information regarding the 2020 recruiting class and later, please contact Associate Coach Randy Plishka at fastballrecruiting@ucalgary.ca .

 

 

 

 

 
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December 7, 2018
For all potential 2019-20 Dino players: The deadline to apply to the University for the upcoming school year is March 1. Please don't miss the opportunity to advance both your schooling and your ball career! For more information visit www.ucalgary.ca .

Contact the coaches and let them know that you are interested in coming to the University of Calgary. Use the Prospective Athlete tab at the top of the page for more info.

November 17, 2018
Dinos dominate WCSA's AllStar teams, and major awards:
The WCSA today announced the 2018 Major awards and All Star teams and the University of Calgary was well represented. Naidine Burdett from Maple Ridge, BC was named Rookie of the Year, Haley Acton of Swift Current, SK was named the WCSA's Top Pitcher for the second straight year, Emma Jerome Smith of Calgary, AB receives the WCSA Leadership award for the Dinos for the second consectutive year, and the Coaching Staff of the Year goes to Head Coach Neal Harlos, Assistant Coach Amanda Howard, Pitching Coach Emily Denstedt, and Associate Coach Randy Plishka.

Seven Dinos were named to the All Star teams:
1st Team
Victoria Kehler - 1st Base
Libby Wheeler - Shortstop
Mary Harding - 3rd Base
Emma Jerome Smith - Catcher
Kim Vibert - Center Field
Cori van Uffelen - Right Field
2nd Team
Alexis Huggart - Left Field

WCSA All Academic team
Sydney Sparanese
Taylor Mennie
Domenica Chieffo
Emma Jerome Smith
Karen Sondergard
2018 awards
October 7, 2018
Dinos win Bronze Medal at Nationals:
Great pitching and timely hitting were the trademarks for the Dinos in Saskatoon for the 11th Annual CCSA National Championships. Dinos started with a solid effort against St. Clair College on Friday, earning a 5 - 1 win. In their second game of the day the defence was again solid, and hitting came through, Dinos won in 6 innings against Durham College 9 - 2. Saturday morning saw the Dinos against WCSA rivals the University of Saskatchewan, and this was a game that will be rememberred for the all out offence from both teams. Saskatchewan led the whole game up until the bottom of the 7th inning, and the Dinos exploded for 5 runs, erasing a 4 run deficet on route to a 11 - 10 win. Despite losing 8 - 4 to Regina, the Dinos finished 2nd in the round robin, which matched them up against Regina again Sunday morning in the 1 vs 2 game. A closer game, but Regina prevailed again, winning 4 - 1. Dropping into the semifinal against 3rd place Durham College, the Dinos had a steady run of opportunities, including the bottom of the 7th. Unfortunately the rally ended, and Durham moved on to the Championship final, and the Dinos had to settle for the Bronze Medal.
A great season, and a lot of promise for the 2019 season.




http://www.thegauntlet.ca/dinos-womens-fastball-team-brings-home-the-bronze-at-nationals/

 

October 6, 2018
Two Dinos selected to CCSA National All Star Team: The All Star teams were announced after the completion of the round robin play, and Libby Wheeler ( utility ) and Emma Jerome Smith ( catcher ) were selected to the team.
Libby and Emma
October 3, 2018
Dinos off to Saskatoon for the CCSA Nationals. Follow games on Gamechanger.
2018 CCSA National Championship
Live scoring from BVI
 
Sept 28, 2018
Playoff Weekend Cancelled: Unseasonally cold and wet conditions across the Prairies forced the decision to cancel the weekends scheduled games in Calgary.
Sept 21, 2018
Moose Jaw Weekend Cancelled: Unseasonally cold and wet conditions across the Prairies forced the decision to cancel the weekends scheduled games in Moose Jaw.
Sept 14, 2018
Saskatoon Weekend Cancelled: Unseasonally cold and wet conditions across the Prairies forced the decision to cancel the weekends scheduled games in Saskatoon. The long range forecast for Moose Jaw next weekend is much better though.
Sept 5, 2018
Dinos win 2 against crosstown rivals:  In a mid week doubleheader, Dinos take two wins against SAIT, winning handily 13 - 3, and 16 - 8. Next games are in Regina this weekend, then on Tuesday night at Shouldice a doubleheader again against SAIT.
Sept 3, 2018
Opening weekend sees the Dinos go 3-1 in league play: A great start for the Dinos 2018 season as the team beat SAIT on Friday night, and win two close games against Regina over the weekend. The Dinos split their pair of games against the U of Saskatchewan. As well, the Dinos won in a exhibition game against the University of Lethbridge on Saturday. Next games are against SAIT on Wednesday evening at Ed Corbett, at 6:00 Pm and 8:00 PM.
August 29, 2018
First ever Alumni game held: Thirteen alumni participated in a spirited game against the 2018 edition of the Dinos. A great night to share in the fun and reconnect with the members of the past teams.
August 7, 2018
Dinos Schedule announced: The 2018 schedule for the Dinos has been released and sees the team open at home against Briercrest on August 31, and continue at Industrial over the Labour Day weekend. In all the Dinos will play 20 league games before playoff weekend starts at the end of September. Check out the schedule for all games.
June 5, 2018
The WCSA's 2018 casino is being held July 12th and 13th at Cash Casino in Calgary.Volunteers for various shifts are still required, so if you can help please contact Casino Chairperson Kathy Worthington at : fastpitch@calgaryminorsoftball.com
Casino funds are used to pay diamond costs, umpire costs, website costs, Pointstreak, and the AIWFA Scholarship program for players on the Alberta based teams.
April 7, 2018
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