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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 seven teams, and now includes SAIT Polytechnic, the University of Saskatchewan, Briercrest College and Seminary, the University of Regina, the University of British Columbia-Okanagan, 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 2019 Dinos will soon be on the field defending their regular season WCSA title. 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 .

 

 

 

 

 
Recent news
June 30, 2019   
Canada Cup: Coach Plishka will be in Surrey for the Canada Cup July 9 - 12 and in Nanamo for the U19 Provincials the weekend following. If you are interested in what the U of C offers you, feel free to contact him to arrange a meeting. email: fastballrecruiting@ucalgary.ca
June 17, 2019  
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are pleased to welcome Kelsey Kurek from St. Paul, AB to the team. Kelsey signed her WCSA letter of Intent today. Kelsey is an outfielder, but can play solidly at 3rd base too. Kelsey comes to the Dinos from the Sherwood Park Storm organization. Kelsey will be studying Kinesiology at university.
 
June 17, 2019 
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are pleased to welcome Shaye Holzinger from Lloydminster, AB to the team. Shaye signed her WCSA letter of Intent on Sunday. Shaye plays 2nd base, but can play solidly in the outfield too. Shaye comes to the Dinos from the Lloydminster Liner organization. Shaye will be studying Sciences at university.
 
June 3, 2019
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are pleased to welcome Brooke Stoilen from Delta, BC to the team. Brooke signed her WCSA letter of Intent on Monday. Brooke is primaraly an outfielder, but can play solidly in the infield too. Brooke played the 2018-19 season with the Douglas College Royals; prior to that she played in the Richmond Islander organization. Brooke will be studying in the Faculty of Arts.
May 24, 2019
2019 WCSA schedule announced: The Dinos will open their 2019 season against UBCO in Kelowna on August 30th. They will play 6 games on opening weekend. The following weekend will see the Dinos in Regina, then back to Kelowna on Sept 13 - 15. The Dinos will host all 7 WCSA teams at Industrial on the weekend of Sept 20 - 22. The regular season wraps up in Lethbridge Sept 27 - 29. Playoffs will follow on October 4 - 6 in Calgary.
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
( based on 2017-18 academic year )
Sydney Sparanese
Taylor Mennie
Domenica Chieffo
Emma Jerome Smith
Karen Sondergard
2018 awards
October 7, 2018
Dinos win Bronze Medal at Nationals:



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

 

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