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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 eight teams, and now includes SAIT Polytechnic, the University of Saskatchewan, Briercrest College and Seminary, 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 Silver in 2019, matching with the 2011 team 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 12 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 back to back years, a Bronze medal in 2018 followed by a Silver medal finish in 2019.

The 2021 season saw the team play a full schedule again despite Covid 19. Enhanced protocols stayed in effect, and the team stayed healthy. A 19 - 6 regular season was followed up with a Silver medal in League playoffs, and a Bronze medal at the CCSA Nationals. Practices and recruiting for 2022 and on starts again in earnest as we concentrate on  training for next season as we attempt to bring the 2022 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 ( 2022 ) or general questions, contact Head Coach Neal Harlos at neal.harlos@ucalgary.ca .

For information regarding the 2023 recruiting class and later, please contact Associate Coach Randy Plishka at fastballrecruiting@ucalgary.ca .

 

 

 

 

 
Recent news
October 11, 2021
CCSA Nationals
Dinos claim Bronze medal at Nationals: A very competitive CCSA Nationals saw the Dinos go 3 wins 2 losses through the round robin and end in a 3 way tie for 2nd place with Humber College and St Clair College. After the tie break, the Dinos were seeded 4th and moved into the Bronze medal game. A close game for the first innings, the Dinos were down 4 - 3. Then a huge 5th inning saw the Dinos score 8 runs and then hold off Humber in the bottom of the 5th to win 11 - 4. Maddie Markey in her final game as a Dino pitched a complete game win, and Naidine Burdett hit 2 Home Runs. 
The Dinos have now qualified for the 2023 CCSA Nationals to be hosted by the OCAA next season. This will mark the 14th consectutive appearence by a Dinos team, unmatched by any other team in Canada.
October 6, 2021
CCSA Nationals Schedule:
Friday 9 AM - U of Ottawa
Friday 3 PM - UBC-O
Saturday 12:30 PM - Humber
Saturday 3 PM - U of Regina
Sunday 9 AM - St Clair
Sunday 1:15 - Bronze medal game
Sunday 3 PM - Championship game

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October 3, 2021
Dinos edged out in WCSA Championship game: After advancing from a thrilling walkoff 4 - 3 win against the University of Victoria in the semi-final earlier Sunday, the Dinos were matched up against UBC-O. Great pitching, great defence on both sides but the Dinos came up shy, losing a 1 -0 thriller.
Next up, this coming weekend the team travels to Kelowna for the CCSA Nationals. First up is the University of Ottawa at 9 AM on Friday.
October 2, 2021
WCSA Award Winners announced: Dinos were well represented in the 2021 WCSA awards, which were given out Saturday afternoon. In the league's Major Awards, Maggie Lawson received the Most Outstanding Player Award; Chloe Maher was a co-winner of the Rookie of the Year Award, as well Naidine Burdett  received a WCSA Leadership Award as the Dinos selection. All Star team selections for first team were: Megan Stevens - Catcher, Chloe Maher Utility.   Emma Stephens - 1st Base, Maddie Markey - Pitcher and Mckenna Regier - Right Field, and Maggie Lawson - Shortstop were selected to the 2nd All Star Team.
October 1, 2021
Playoff weekend is here: Dinos start at 9:00 AM against Lethbridge at Shouldice Saturday morning. Come out and cheer on the team.
Click here for full playoff schedule.
September 7, 2021
Second ever Alumni game held: Dino alumni participated in a spirited game against the 2021 edition of the Dinos. A great night to share in the fun and reconnect with the members of the past teams.
August 29, 2021
Dinos have strong start to open the season. The weather was fine and the Dinos got the 2021 season started with a thrilling come from behind extra inning win against USask 8-5. In the seconde game, Regina was hitting well and while the Dinos hung in there the game ended in a 11-5 loss. Saturday's third game saw SAIT hang in tough aginst us, but the Dinos never trailed, winning 5-2. Sunday the team played 2 games back to back, playing Regina first. This time we grabbed the lead early and played solid on defence winning 5-0. The second game against USask was a high scoring game. The Dinos never trailed but Sask played tough to the end, the Dinos winning 10-7. Dinos are home on the Labour Day weekend, games are at Shouldice.
August 25, 2021
Dinos to open the season this weekend in Saskatoon. Five games are scheduled for opening weekend at the Gordie Howe Sport Complex. Dinos meet the University of Saskatchewan in their first regular season game in 23 months. They will play USask once more, Regina twice and SAIT once this coming weekend. Then it'll be back to Calgary for the Labour Day weekend.
August 10, 2021

We are very excited to welcome Dinos alumni Carlee Anderson back to the team. Carlee will be helping the athletes  with on-field rehab. She graduated with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta in 2015 and has also completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary in 2012. She is a CPA Orthopedic Level III Manual Therapist who is certified in Biomedical Dry Needling. She is also experienced with athletic taping/strapping and Kinesiotaping. Her clinical interests include SI joint dysfunction, acute low back pain, neck pain, TMJD, craniovertebral dysfunction and shoulder injuries. Growing up in Champion, AB, Carlee was involved in several sports at competitive and recreational levels as both an athlete and a coach. She is most passionate and experienced with figure skating, equestrian, volleyball and softball. She grew up playing fastball with the Lethbridge Tornados before moving to Calgary where she played two seasons with Nose Creek Softball and then began her tenure with Dinos Fastball in 2008. Following her time with the Dinos, she played two seasons with the Calgary Riot. Carlee believes in taking a comprehensive and individualized approach to sport-specific rehab in order to maximize recovery and performance for her athletes.

 
August 5, 2021 
The Dinos would like to welcome Emily Foley to the Dinos. Emily is a pitcher for the Central Alberta Extreme and attended All Saints High School. She will be studying Mind Sciences this fall. 
 

The Dinos would also like to welcome Paige Bandura to the Dinos. Paige is a utility player for the Calgary Xtreme and attended William Aberhart High School. She will be studying Sociology this fall. 
 
August 4, 2021
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are happy to announce the signing of Leah Weinkapf to a Letter of Intent. Leah is a middle infielder & pitcher for the Lloydminster Liners. She attended Macklin High School in Saskatchewan, and will be studying in the faculty of Kinesiology this fall.
 
May 28, 2021
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos welcome the 2021 Recruiting class.
April 28, 2021

Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are happy to announce the signing of Kiera Hager to a Letter of Intent. Kiera currently pitches and plays 1st base for the Calgary Kaizen. She attends Cochrane High School and plans to study Community Rehabilitation at the University.

April 1, 2021

 UCalgary is your University. It's friends like you who have helped shape the University of Calgary into a leader in innovation, sustainability, public health and so much more. Simply put, we wouldn't be UCalgary without you. Your gift this Giving Day will take us even further. When you make a Giving Day donation, your gift can go twice as far -- but only if you give early. All gifts up to $2500 will be matched, dollar for dollar, while matching funds last. Please consider supporting the Dinos Fastball Team directly on Giving Day. Follow the link below, choose Fastball from the dropdown menu and donate today. All donations will receive a charitable tax slip from the University.

https://givingday2021.ucalgary.ca/o/university-of-calgary/i/2021

Giving Day lasts until April 22. Thankyou!
December 9, 2020
Faculty of Kinesiology again named as #1 Sport Science school in North America:
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