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
Mount Royal University, SAIT Polytechnic, the University of
Briercrest College and Seminary,
the University of Regina
and in 2015 will see the
University of Alberta rejoin the league.
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 seven 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
The 2014 season saw the team build on
their 2013 season's sucessful 16 win, 1 loss regular season record,
by capturing the WCSA Championship during
the 2014 playoffs. This success ensures a berth into the
2015 CCSA National
Championships in October 2015, and will mark the
appearance at Nationals for the Dinos. These
eight appearances at Nationals are unmatched
by any school in Canada.
The 2015 Dinos are expecting
to play tournaments in the upcoming spring
and summer. As well the coaches will be
travelling, bringing awareness of the WCSA
to Western Canadian centres, and helping
recruit players to the team or league.
Please contact the coaches for more
Aug 15, 2015
Tryout dates announced: Players
interested in attending the tryouts for this
years team need to be at at Crossroads Community
Centre, August 29 and 30 from 10:00 AM to 1:00
PM. For more details, contact the coaches at
July 25, 2015
The Dinos would like to announce that Neal
Harlos and Brooke Rackel will be joining the
coaching staff for the 2015 Dino season. Neal
comes to the Dinos from the Calgary Extreme Jr's
where he has been Head Coach for a number of
years. Brooke moves over to coaching after being
a player with the Dinos for the last 2 seasons.
She has been an Assistant Coach with the Calgary
Kaizen 99's the last 2 seasons as well.
July 5, 2015
The Dinos would like to announce the signing of
a Letter of Intent for Victoria Kehler
of the Coquitlam Classics 98. Victoria pitches
and plays 1st base, and will be studying
Education at school.
July 4 - 8, 2015
Plishka will be travelling to Surrey, BC
Canadian Open Fastpitch
Championships this coming
weekend. He will be concentrating on developing
awareness of the WCSA, and of course recruiting
for the team in 2015 and beyond. Come by to say
hello, and ask questions at the WCSA tent. Other
WCSA coaches ( SAIT, Briercrest, and U of
Alberta ) will also be there.
May 28, 2015
The Dinos would like to announce the signing of
the Letter of Intents of Maya Sohn of
Vancouver, BC; and Sydney Sparanese of Victoria,
BC. Maya, a catcher and outfielder will be
studying Neurosciences. She comes to the Dinos
from the Seattle Mosquito Squad. Sydney, is a
pitcher, and outfielder will also be studying
Neurosciences, and comes to us from the Victoria
April 11, 2015
Congratulations to our 2015 graduates:
Brooke Rackel ( BSc - Bio Sciences ), Kristen
Walz ( BEd - Education ), Alex McAdam ( BSc -
Kinesiology ), Jessica Ruzicki ( MSc
Medicine ) and asst. coach Lauren Sergent ( BEd
- Education ).
April 7, 2015
Kristin Walz was
selected as the
Female Competitive Club
Student Athlete for 2015 at tonight's Night of the Dino ( NOTD ), a celebration for all the athletes,
coaches and teams of the University of Calgary.
Kristin is a 5th year Dino, was a first team all
star, and helped lead her team to a league
championship in 2014. This marks the
second straight year that our fastball team has
had one of our own honoured.
Feb 21, 2015
For all potential 2015-16 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
Feb 6, 2015
Former 3 time Major League all star 2nd
baseman Bret Boone was the keynote speaker
for the University of Calgary Baseball and
Fastball team's Annual Dinner and Silent
Auction on Feb 6 at the Red and White Club.
Thank you to all who came out, and hope to
see you again next year.
Jan 16, 2015
CCSA awards Durham College the CCSA National
Championships for 2015. The OCAA will host
the CCSA National Championships for the second
time, and Durham College will be the centre of
attention, this upcoming October.
The University of Calgary, by virtue of
capturing the 2014 WCSA Championship have
qualified for, and plan to attend Nationals. The
2015 edition will mark the eighth consecutive
appearance by a Dino team.