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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
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
Our thoughts and prayers to the families affected.

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April 5, 2018 
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are pleased to welcome Emma Stephens  from Lloydminster, SK to the team. Emma  signed her WCSA letter of Intent on Wednesday. Emma is a pitcher, and she will also play in the outfield. She comes to the Dinos from the Lloydminster Liners organization, but will be playing with the Sherwood Park Storm in 2018. Emma will be studying engineering at university.
Emma Stephens LOI 
March 31, 2018
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are pleased to welcome Maggie Lawson  from North Vancouver, B.C. to the team. Maggie signed her WCSA letter of Intent on Saturday . Maggie is very versatile and can play outfield and middle infield positions. She comes to the Dinos from the 2001A Richmond Islanders who captured the Silver Division Championship at Nationals in 2017.
Maggie Lawson LOI March 31
March 15, 2018

An Evening with the Dino’s”

All the Dinos would like to say thank you to our major sponsors who made last nights event a success. Crowfoot Wine and Spirits and DJ for all their help. Molson Coors for their contributions and support. For the third year in a row, thank you to Peller Estate Wines. For the second year in a row, our thanks to E & J Gallo Winery for their contributions, hope to have all of you back next year!

A special thank you to Don Mackinnon for the fine food prepared for everyone. Visit Don at Chop Steakhouse in Chinook when you want another great meal.

To all the businesses and friends of the Dinos who donated items for the silent auction, thank you. You ensured both a fun time bidding on the items, but as importantly, you helped offset the financial costs to the young women of the team.

Thank you to all who came out, and hope to see you again next year.

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.

 

Archived news

 

2018 “An Evening with the Dino’s " Sponsors

 

      
Gary Hinton
Sharleen Jerome Smith
Cathy Sondergard
Megan Brown
Rhonda Wheeler
Rhonda Quinton
Neal Harlos
Joan Higgins

 

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