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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 2020 season was reduced to a few exhibition games due to Covid 19, but the practices and recruiting for 2021 go on. The coaches will of course will be concentrating on recruiting and players will concentrate on their training for next season as we attempt to bring the 2021 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 ( 2021 and 2022 ) or general questions, contact Head Coach Neal Harlos at fastball@ucalgary.ca .

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

 

 

 

 

 
Recent news
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:
UCalgary.ca 
November 30, 2020
Congratulations to Alexis Huggart on receiving the Claude Deschamps Memorial Award from Softball Canada. Alexis was a member of the 2017 Junior Women's Natioal Team and Team Manitoba. She has played three seasons with the and has attended the Canadian Collegiate Softball Association National Championship in each of those three seasons, winning a Silver (2019) and a Bronze (2018) while being named to the Western Collegiate Softball Association All Star team three straight years. She was named as the First Team Left Fielder in 2017 and 2019, and as a Second Team in 2018.
 
November 4, 2020
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are happy to announce the signing of Chloe Maher to a Letter of Intent. Chloe currently catches and plays outfield for the Delta Heat 03. She attends Robert A. McMath Secondary and plans to study Exercise and Health Physiology at the University.
October 29, 2020
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are happy to announce the signing of Hayley Reid to a Letter of Intent. Hayley currently plays shortstop and centre field for the Delta Heat 03. She attends South Delta Secondary and plans to study Mind Sciences at the University.
October 8, 2020
For all potential 2021-22 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 interested in coming to the University of Calgary. Use the Prospective Athlete tab at the top of the page for more info.

   
September 26, 2020
Dinos close out fall exhibitions with 2 wins: Dinos played their final 2 exhibition games against SAIT on Saturday,  winning 17 - 2, and 12 - 5. The team will take a short break and resume work in the gym and hope that a spring season is feasible.
September 19, 2020
Dinos win 2 on weekend: Dinos played the SAIT Trojans twice on Saturday, winning comfortably both times. The first game was won 11 - 0, and the second game was a lopsided 20 - 2. Two more games are scheduled next Saturday at Industrial. Games to be streamed live on Facebook at 10:00 AM and 12:00 noon
https://www.facebook.com/University-of-Calgary-Fastball-422478897842589/
and
https://www.facebook.com/CalgaryRogues

Thank you to the Rogues / Trojans for the video stream.
September 12, 2020
Dinos open fall exhibition series against SAIT: Dinos started slowly but played solid defence both games. The first game was won 8 - 2, and the second was tighter, Dinos winning 7 - 4.
August 30, 2020
Dinos announce exhibition games for September: Working within the constraints imposed  by Covid 19, the Dinos have announced a limited schedule of exhibition games for September. Two games will be played on each of the following Saturdays, September 12, 19 and 26 at Industrial Diamonds at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM. The opposition will be the SAIT Trojans. Spectators are welcome, but proper social distancing must be maintained at all times.
Games to be streamed live at
https://www.facebook.com/CalgaryRogues
July 17, 2020

The Western Collegiate Fastball Association ( WCSA ) announces the cancellation of the fall 2020 WCSA season and Championships.
Following consultation with all 8 WCSA member teams and based on public health guidelines, member school policy and provincial softball associations Return to Play guidelines, the reality is that most schools are offering only a small percentage of classes in person, and many schools’ position was to limit or cancel fall sports.
“The cancellation of the fall season is totally unfortunate, but as much as we all would like to play, the decision was mostly made for us,” said WCSA President Randy Plishka.
Going forward though, there is hope that the WCSA could play a spring season with most if not all schools participating. While details would still need to be worked out, a shortened schedule and playoffs might be feasible in April and May. Head Coach Neal Harlos of the University of Calgary Dinos said “I want to give my graduating seniors one more chance to play“, when talking about the possibility of a spring season. UBC-Okanagan Heat Director Darren Bennett says “UBC-O is 100% supportive of a spring season and still hope to hold the CCSA Nationals in Kelowna in May.”

Western Collegiate Softball Association
www.wcsasoftball.org

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