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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 seven teams, and now includes the University of Lethbridge,  Mount Royal University, SAIT Polytechnic, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina and in 2014 will see Briercrest College join 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 six 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. 

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. In 2014, the team looks to build on their 16 win, 1 loss regular season record, and improve on their Bronze Medal in the WCSA playoffs. A berth into the 2014 National Championships in October as the host team in Calgary will mark the 7th straight appearance at Nationals for the Dinos. This  seventh appearance at Nationals is the most by any school in Canada.

The 2014 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 information.


Recent news

Sept 21, 2014

Dinos win 3 of 4 in conference play in Saskatoon: A flat tire and thunderstorm made for a long bus ride to Saskatoon, but the team took 2 of 3 games on Saturday, and another conference game on Sunday against Saskatchewan, giving the team a 3 - 1 record for the weekend.

Sept 14, 2014
Dinos win 3 in Medicine Hat: A day trip to Medicine Hat saw the team play 2 games against Briercrest, and a 3rd game against Regina. Solid hitting and pitching saw the team win 3 straight including a solid 8 - 1 showing against 1st place Regina.
Sept 8, 2014
Dinos win 4 of 5 in Saskatoon. The weekend in Regina saw the Dinos win 3 of 4 conference games, splitting their games against Regina, and adding wins against Briercrest, U of Saskatchewan. Also an exhibition game win against Team Saskatchewan White ( Canada games selection team ). The team continues to hit well and play solid defence.
Sept 1, 2014
Opening Weekend sees Dinos win 5 of 6 games. Solid start to the season under perfect ball conditions in Calgary, sees the team win 3 of 4 conference games, and both Div 2 crossover games. Highlight of the weekend was a no hitter thrown by by 1st year Dino Beth Verhelst against Div 2 U of Lethbridge. All 5 rookies to the team make contributions, and we look forward to seeing the team getting stronger as the season progresses.
July 30, 2014
2014 Dino tryout dates announced: Aug 19 and 21: evenings;  Aug 23 and 24, 10 AM to 2 PM. Please contact the coaches for more details. fastball@ucalgary.ca

July 3, 2014

Emma Jerome-Smith announced as recipent of Softball Canada Scholarship Ed Bitz Scholarship Recipients Announced. Congratulations to Wendi Winter (ON) and Emma Jerome Smith (AB), the recipients of Softball Canada's 2014 Ed Bitz Scholarship. Wendi is from Whitby, Ontario and is enrolled in the final year of the Contemporary Studies and History Program at Wilfred Laurier University. She started umpiring in 2011 and is currently a Level II Fastpitch umpire. Emma is from Calgary and is entering the second year of a Zoology program at the University of Calgary towards a veterinary career path. She also started umpiring in 2011 and is currently a Level II Fastpitch umpire. Both Wendi and Emma will receive a $1,000 scholarship named in honour of Ed Bitz, Softball Canada's first National Director of Umpires. Congratulations to both these fine young scholars and officials! - Published by Gilles LeBlanc
July 1, 2014
Coach Plishka will be travelling to Surrey, BC for the Canadian Open

Fastpitch Championships July 11 to 20. He will be concentrating on developing awareness of the WCSA, and of course recruiting for the team in 2015 and beyond.      

June 15, 2014
Two WCSA coaches were invited to guest coach at this year's Girls Prairie League Softball All Star weekend in Calgary. John MacKinnon (University of Lethbridge) and Randy Plishka (University of Calgary) represented the league and coached the two U16 All Star teams.

Plishka coached the Cumpstone division to a 5-2 victory over Mackinnon's Lawrick Division team earning bragging rights that will hopefully carry through to next year's tournament. Plishka said that the U16's were a great group of young ladies who were a lot of fun to work with, and hopefully a lot will consider the WCSA and our schools after Grade 12.

April 8, 2014

 For the first time ever, competitive club team athletes were part of the Night of the Dino ( NOTD ), a celebration for all the athletes, coaches and teams of the University of Calgary. Our own Sarah Beth Plishka received the inaugural Club Student-Athlete Award for Female athlete. read more



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