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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, the University of Regina, the University of British Columbia-Okanagan, the University of Lethbridge and in 2020 the University of Victoria.

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 three times, most recently a Bronze in 2021. The Canadian Collegiate Softball Association ( CCSA ) oversees the National Championships, setting qualification guidelines for the WCSA, the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association ( OCAA ) and Ontario University Softball ( OUS ). 

 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 13 straight appearances at Nationals for the Dinos are unmatched by any school in Canada. Dinos have seen success at the Nationals too, with a Silver Medal in 2011, and most recently in three consectutive years, Bronze medals in 2018 and 2021, and a Silver medal finish in 2019.

The 2022 season saw the team go 17 -3 - 5 to win the regular season title which was capped with the WCSA Championship in League playoffs.  Practices and recruiting for 2023 and further starts again in earnest as we concentrate on  training for next season as we attempt to repeat as 2023 WCSA Champions. 


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 classes ( 2023 and 2024 ) or general questions, contact Head Coach Neal Harlos at neal.harlos@ucalgary.ca .

For information regarding the 2025 recruiting class and later, please contact Associate Coach Randy Plishka at fastballrecruiting@ucalgary.ca .


Recent news
September 25, 2023
Dinos clinch second place in Kelowna: The Dinos won three of five games this weekend, clinching second place going into playoffs this coming weekend. Game times for the Dinos are at 9:00 AM, 11:15 AM and 3:00 PM at Shouldice, with semifinals and Medal games on Sunday.
September 17, 2023
Dinos go 500 in Lethbridge: The Dinos split their games in Lethbridge, winning and losing against Regina, Tieing Mount Royal, losing to USask and winning the final game of the weekend against SAIT. Next weekend is in Kelowna.
September 11, 2023
Dinos sweep weekend series: The Dinos travelled back to Saskatoon and swept all 5 games to move into second place in the WCSA. Strong pitching performances and steady hitting were the hallmarks this weekend. Next weekend is hosted by the University of Lethbridge at the Coaldale Quad.
September 3, 2023
Dinos win 3 at home: The weekend showed how balanced the top teams in the conference are, the Dinos won 3 games, their only losses were by 1 run in games that could have gone the other way. Next weekend is back to Saskatoon.
August 28, 2023
Dinos open season in Saskatoon with four wins: Wins came against Mount Royal, Saskatchewan, Lethbridge and SAIT, with their only loss against Victoria who overcame a 3 run deficit. The hitting was solid, the pitching steady and the 5 rookies all contributed and showed well. A solid start to the season. Next weekend is home at Shouldice.
August 18, 2023
Dinos to open season in Saskatoon: The 2023 Dinos look to defend their WCSA Championship, and the season opens with 5 games in Saskatoon next weekend.The first game will be 9:30 AM against Mount Royal University, and then continues against Saskatchewan and SAIT. Sunday will feature games with Victoria and Lethbridge.
July 11, 2023
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos welcome the 2023 Recruiting class.

May 25, 2023
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are excited to welcome Kate Gross to the team. Kate pitches and plays 2nd base for the Calgary Adrenaline U19. She has graduated from Lord Beaverbrook High School and will be studying Environmental Science in the fall.
April 25, 2023
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are excited to welcome Elizabeth McEachern to the team. Elizabeth plays 3rd Base and outfield for the Fraser Valley Fusion U19. She attends Terry Fox Secondary in Port Coquitlam and will be in Open Studies this fall.
April 12, 2023
Night of the Dino: Congratulations to Emma Stephens for receiving the University of Calgary Dinos Female Competitive Club Student Athlete of the Year Award! Not only does she work hard on but in her studies as well. Emma Stephens was our top pitcher for the 2022 season. In the upcoming season, Emma will enter her final season as a player as she starts work on her Masters of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering. We are so incredibly proud of you Emma and all that you have accomplished.
Emma becomes the 5th member of the Dinos Fastball team to receive this award in it's 10 year history.
April 1, 2023

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February 24, 2023
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are excited to welcome Emily Friedt to the team. Emily signed her letter of intent yesterday and plays 1st Base and shortstop for the Calgary Kaizen U19 Black. She attends Bowness High School in Calgary and will be studying communications and media this fall.
February 6, 2022
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are happy to welcome Hallie Miller to the team. Hallie signed her letter of intent yesterday and plays outfield for the Kelowna U19A Heat. She is from Prince George B. C. Hallie will be studying communications and media this fall.
November 26, 2022
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are happy to welcome Chloe Kinghorn to the team. Chloe signed her letter of intent yesterday and is a catcher & utility player for the Calgary Kaizen U19 black. She attends the Holy Trinity Academy in Okotoks and will be studying in the Haskayne School of Business next fall.
December 9, 2020
Faculty of Kinesiology again named as #1 Sport Science school in North America:

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