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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.

 

 

 

 

 
Recent news
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.

August 14, 2017

Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are pleased to welcome outfielder Alexis Huggart from Treherne, Manitoba to the team. Alexis has previously played with the Regina 222`s, and the Manitoba Thunder in past years. This year Alexis was selected to Team Manitoba for the Canada Summer Games, and is currently playing with the Canadian Junior National Team.

 

July 12, 2017
Congratulations to Kim Vibert on her selection to Team Saskatchewan for the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, August 5 to 13.
July 12, 2017
Dinos invited to 2017 CCSA Nationals in Ottawa: The University of Calgary Dinos today received an invite to attend the 10th annual CCSA National Championship in Ottawa this October over Thanksgiving weekend. The team is excited to attend, and this will mark the 10th straight appearance at Nationals for a Dinos team, a record unmatched by any other school in Canada. The Dinos best finish was a Silver medal in 2011 in Windsor.
July 1, 2017
Maccabiah 2017: All the best to current Dino Taylor Mennie and Maya Sohn ( Dinos 2015 ), as they represent Canada at the Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 4 to 18.
June 30, 2017
The WCSA is saddened to announce the passing of former Mount Royal University coach and current WCSA Director, Rick Hall on Monday June 26. Rick is survived by his son Adam ( Debbie ) and his daughter Veronica. Our thoughts, condolences, and prayers go out to his family.
April 5, 2017
Congratulations to Karen Sondergard who has been selected as the University of Calgary's Dinos Female Competitive Club Athlete of the Year. She received the award at Tuesday Night's, " Night of the Dino". Karen, a 3rd year Economics major, becomes the 4th straight Fastball team member to receive this award. Sarah Beth Plishka received the inaugural Club Student-Athlete Award in 2014, followed by Kristin Walz, and Emma Jerome Smith last season. read more..

 

March 16, 2017
 

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 Elliott Hunter for all their help. Molson Coors for their contributions and support. Eau Clair Distillery for adding their uniqueness to the evening. For the second year in a row, thank you to Peller Estate Wines. Thank you to E & J Gallo Winery for their contributions, hope to have 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.

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2017 “An Evening with the Dino’s " Sponsors

 

        
Gary Hinton
Jerome Smith Family
Tworo Family
Vibert Family
McIntosh Family
van Uffelen Family
Cathy Sondergard
WEST Clothing Company
AIM Bodywork
Viewpoint Massage

 

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