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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 ( 2020 ) or general questions, contact Head Coach Neal Harlos at fastball@ucalgary.ca .

For information regarding the 2021 recruiting class and later, please contact Associate Coach Randy Plishka at fastballrecruiting@ucalgary.ca .

 

 

 

 

 
Recent news
October 14, 2019      
Dinos win silver at Nationals: With 4 straight wins the Dinos advanced into the Championship game against WCSA rival Regina. Unfortunately the team gave up 4 runs in the first inning, and despite outscoring Regina in the rest of the game were unable to make up the deficit, losing 5 - 3.
Kim Vibert was named Top Batter in the tournament, batting .846 in 3 games during pool play.
 
October 9, 2019     
Dinos off to Kitchener-Waterloo for the 2019 CCSA Nationals.

The top eight collegiate softball teams will converge at Budd Park in Kitchener, Ontario from October 11-13 to be claimed National Champions. The field includes the host Laurier Golden Hawks, University of Regina, University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, Western Mustangs, Brock Badgers, University of Calgary, Durham College, and Fanshawe College.

The National Championships will kick off Thursday evening when Leighanne Evans from CTV Kitchener will emcee the opening banquet with keynote speaker Brenda Andress. Andress was the first Commissioner for the Canadian Women's Hockey League, serving in the position from 2008-09 to 2017-18 and is the Founder and President of SheIs , an organization that is using the power of women’s sport to create a future of, by, and for strong women.

Action will be Friday morning and continue through Sunday evening, all at Budd Park in Kitchener. Admission for the tournament will be $5/day or $10 for the weekend and youth under 16 will be free of charge.

Fans will be able to follow the action over the weekend on 
Twitter @LaurierSoftball 
Facebook.com/LaurierSoftball 
Facebook.com - CCSA 2019 National Championships
Live bracket updates on www.oiwfa.org
 

 
October 6, 2019    
Dinos lose in Championship game, settle for Silver: The Dinos faced Saskatchewan in the semifinal Sunday morning, and came out strong, winning 11 - 3 in 5 innings. The rematch against Regina did not start or finish well, the Dinos never really got untracked against a very focussed U of Regina team, losing 9 - 2.
October 5, 2019   
Dinos split games on Saturday advance to semi-final: Pulling out a nail biting walk off win 7 - 6 against UBC-Okanagan, the Dinos advanced against Regina. Unfortunately they were a few hits short, and Regina won 5 - 2. With the loss the Dinos drop to the Semi-final, and await the winner of a UBC-O vs Saskatchewan game. The winner will advance to the Championship game against Regina.
October 5, 2019    
Dinos dominate All Star team and Major award selections: Dinos take 2 Major awards with Alexis Huggart winning the Top Batter award, and Haley Acton took home the Top Pitcher Award for the third straight season. Natalie Lawson received the Leadership Award for the Dinos.
Six Dinos were named to the First All Star Team: Haley Acton - Pitcher, Victoria Kehler - 1st Base, Naidine Burdett - 3rd Base, Left Field - Alexis Huggart, Kim Vibert - Centre Field,  and Natalie Lawson - Utility.
Named to the Second All Star Team were Racquel Bennett - Catcher, and Cori van Uffelen - Right Field.
Awards for Academic Excellence were given to Maddie Markey, Alexis Huggart, Emma Jerome Smith, Naidine Burdett, Victoria Kehler and KIm Vibert.
September 26, 2019   
Lethbridge weekend cancelled: In anticipation of a early fal snowstorm and unseasonably cold weather, the weekends games in Lethbridge are cancelled. Playoff draws will be announced shortly.
September 25, 2019   
Dinos move into first place after the weekends play: A sucessful weekend as the Dinos won 5 games and only lost 1 over the weekend. The highlight was a 1-0 contest against Regina who the Dinos have been in a neck and neck race for 1st place all season. The team also won twice against Briercrest and SAIT, and lost against Saskatchewan. Next up is the final weekend of league play in Lethbridge.
September 16, 2019  
Dinos win twice, tie once in rain shortened weekend: The Dinos reurned to Kelowna and played 3 games on Saturday. A 9 inning battle against a steadily improving UBC-O team saw the teams settle for a 3 - 3 tie. In exhibition action the Dinos fought back from an early deficit against the UBC-O JV team, winning 5 - 3. A solid effort in the 3rd game saw the Dinos defeat Victoria 7 - 0. Unfortunately the rains moved in overnight, and the Dinos were not able to play Sunday's scheduled game against UBC-O.The Dinos hold a 7 win, 1 loss, 1 tie record in league play after 3 weekends of play. 
Next up are home games next weekend, Friday night at 8 against Briercrest, and the Saturday games at Industrial.
September 9, 2019   
Dinos continue strong play in Regina: The Dinos continued their strong play over the weekend, winning 3, and losing only once. Wins against Saskatchewan, Briercrest and a split of the two games played against defending National Champions Regina, saw the Dinos holding a 7 win, 1 loss record in league play after 2 weekends of play. 
Next up is a return trip to Kelowna next weekend.
September 2, 2019    
Dinos open season strong in Kelowna: The best start for the Dinos since 2014 saw the team win six straight games, going 4 - 0 in league play. Play started for the Dinos Friday night, opening the season against UBC-Okanagan, a spirited 8 - 1 win. Saturday continued strong with wins against SAIT, Lethbridge and an exhition win against the UBC-Okanagan JV squad. Sunday saw the team play very well too, winning twice, first against UBC-Okanagan again, then an exhibition game against the University of Victoria. Many highlights, one being a combined no-hitter  shared by Maddie Markey and Haley Acton against Lethbridge. This was only the second no hitter in Dinos history. Next weekend's games are in Regina and will see theteam play twice against Regina, and single games against Sakatchewan and Briercrest.
August 3, 2019   
U16 Nationals Calgary August 15-17: The Dinos will be hosting a tent at Shouldice park during the U16 Championship. Come meet current players, alumni and coaches and enter the daily draws that we will have. Find out all about what the University of Calgary can offer you both as a player, and academically.
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
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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