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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 five teams, and now includes SAIT Polytechnic, the University of Saskatchewan, Briercrest College and Seminary, and the University of Regina.

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 eight Canadian Collegiate National Championships, with the 2011 team winning a Silver medal as National runner up, the best ever finish for  a Dinos team.  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 10 straight appearances at Nationals for the Dinos are unmatched by any school in Canada.

The 2017 Dinos are now back in the gym, working on skill improvements and also fundraising. As well the coaches will be travelling, bringing awareness of the Dinos and the WCSA to Western Canadian centres, and helping recruit players to the team or league. Please contact the coaches for more information.




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 ( 2018 ) or general questions, contact Head Coach Neal Harlos at fastball@ucalgary.ca .

For information regarding the 2019 recruiting class and later, please contact Associate Coach Randy Plishka at fastballrecruiting@ucalgary.ca .





Recent news
March 5, 2018

An Evening with the Dino’s”

On behalf of the University of Calgary Dino’s Fastball Team I would like to invite you to “An Evening with the Dino’s”: An event empowering our female athletes . This private event will take place at the Crowfoot Wine & Spirits Events Centre (7414 Crowfoot Road NW) on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 7-10pm.

We will have Red Seal chef Don MacKinnon, head chef of Chop Steakhouse and bar on Macleod Trail catering the event, as well as a selection of wines and beers. There will also be a silent auction, and door prizes.

I hope that you will be able to attend this event; your support is greatly appreciated. We are a club team that isn’t funded by the University so your support will go towards offsetting individual player costs. Tickets for the event are $75 each. The event centre will hold 125 people and the tickets will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to attend please RVSP as soon as possible.

email: fastball@ucalgary.ca

January 22, 2018
For all potential 2018-19 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 coming to the University of Calgary. Use the Prospective Athlete tab at the top of the page for more info.

November 27, 2017
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are pleased to welcome Naidine Burdett  from Maple Ridge, B.C. to the team. Naidine signed her WCSA letter of Intent on Sunday . Naidine plays 3rd base and shortstop and comes to the Dinos from both the Fraser Valley Fusion organization and Canada Futures travel program.
November 25, 2017
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are pleased to welcome Racquel Bennett  from Kelowna, B.C. to the team. Racquel signed her WCSA letter of Intent on Saturday . Racquel is a catcher, and can play 3rd base as well. She comes to the Dinos from the Kelowna Heat organization but will be playing with the South Delta Invaders in 2018.
October 15, 2017

Are considering coming to the University of Calgary? The Dinos start off season training next month on Thursday nights and Saturday afternoons. If you would like an opportunity to practice with the team contact Coach Neal Harlos at fastball@ucalgary.ca . Practices will run through to early December, and then start again in January and through March.

We can help you in finding out what the University of Calgary offers in programs of study. As well, campus tours can be arranged for you, so you can see everything that the U of Calgary has to offer.

October 9, 2017
Dinos finish in 7th place at Nationals: Nationals saw the Dinos hold their own against outstanding competition, but settle for 7th place overall. Nerves probably got the best of the team in their first game, losing 10-6 to St. Clair early Friday. In what was probably one of the finest games of the tournament, the Dinos went 12 innings against eventual National Champion Western, losing a heartbreaker  3-2.  They then faced Saskatchewan, who on Sunday became National Silver Medalists. The score was the same again, with the Dinos losing 3 - 2. Dropping out of the medal hunt, the Dinos defeated the University of Ottawa 3 - 1 on Sunday.

Two Dinos selected to CCSA Nationals All Star team:  Kim Vibert and Alexis Huggart were both selected as All Star Outfielders for the tournament.

October 2 2017
Dinos off to Nationals Thanksgiving Weekend: The Dinos travel to Ottawa to challenge for the CCSA National Title this coming weekend. First game will be against St. Clair College on Friday, followed by a pair of games Saturday, first against Western, then against their WCSA rival Saskatchewan. Follow the game results on www.oiwfa.org .
Oct 1, 2017
Dinos settle for Bronze in Playoffs: A strong showing on Friday and Saturday put the Dinos into the Page 1 vs 2 game against Reina Sunday morning. Regina continued their season success against the Dinos, winning 6 - 2. Dropping to the semi final and hoping to win their way back to the Championship game, the Dinos never got untracked against a very focussed U of Saskatchewan team, losing 13 - 2.
Sept 30, 2017
WCSA Award Winners announced: Dinos were well represented in the 2017 WCSA awards, which were given out Saturday afternoon. In the league's Major Awards, Haley Acton received the Top Pitcher Award, as well Emma Jerome Smith  receives the WCSA Leadership Award as the Dinos selection. All Star team selections for first team were: Emma Jerome Smith - Catcher, Mary Harding - 3rd Base, Taylor Mennie - 2nd Base, Alexis Huggart - Left Field, and Kim Vibert - Centre Field.   Jessica Mackinnon - 1st Base, was selected to the 2nd All Star Team. All Academic team selections included Sydney Sparanese, Karen Sondergard, Jessica MacKinnon, and Emma Jerome Smith.
Sept 28, 2017
WCSA Playoffs start Friday night: Dinos start their 2017 playoffs Friday night in Moose Jaw against SAIT. Follow all the games on Pointstreak.com .
Sept 24, 2017
Dinos finish regular season on a strong note The Dinos won twice against the U of Saskatchewan this weekend, 3 - 2 on Saturday, and 6 - 4 on Sunday. They also had their best game of the season against the U of Regina, losing 4 - 0. Playoffs are next weekend in Moose Jaw, hosted by Briercrest.
Sept 12, 2017
WCSA Scholarships announced.

Congratulations to the following players who received these awards.

Jessica MacKinnon, Kim Vibert, Victoria Kehler, Taylor Mennie, Sydney Sparanese, Karen Sondergard, Libby Wheeler, Emma Jerome Smith, Domenica Chieffo, Averi Bollenbach, Haley Acton

Sept 10, 2017
Weekend roundup: Dinos bats were strong for most of the weekend, and the Dinos won 3 of 5 games played. In conference play they nearly defeated the U of Saskatchewan, losing 9-8, handily beat Briercrest 13-0, and lost 8-1 to Regina. In exhibition play against NJCAA school Dawson College, they Dinos won twice, Friday 9-2 and Sunday 13-8.
Sept 3, 2017
Opening Weekend sees Dinos go 3 and 2: Friday night saw the Dinos  start strong, winning a solid defensive battle 5 -1 with Briercrest. Saturday the bats came alive, with wins against Briercrest ( 10 -1 ) and SAIT ( 7 - 4 ). Regina out slugged the Dinos though Saturday afternoon, giving the Dinos their first loss of the season ( 14 - 10 ). Sunday the Dinos started slow against the U of Saskatchewan and never recovered, losing 10 - 3.

Next up for the Dinos, a Wednesday weeknight double header at Shouldice against SAIT Polytechnic.

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