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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 Dinos 2019 season is now over, so the team has winter practices, fundraising and community involvement to attend to. The coaches will of course will be concentrating on recruiting for next season as we attempt to bring the 2020 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 ( 2020 and 2021 ) or general questions, contact Head Coach Neal Harlos at fastball@ucalgary.ca .

For information regarding the 2022 recruiting class and later, please contact Associate Coach Randy Plishka at fastballrecruiting@ucalgary.ca .

 

 

 

 

 
Recent news
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

July 1, 2020
June 21, 2020
May 14, 2020

The last, but not least 2019 Dino award goes to Kim Vibert who received the Golden Glove award. Kim has been our starting Center Fielder since her rookie year in 2016 where she also received the top hitter award. She has been a big part of our success over the years and we want to wish her all the best in the future.

May 10, 2020

Last year like every year we are fortunate to get some very talented athletes joining the team. 2019 Top Rookie honors go to Shaye Holzinger. Congratulations Shaye we are looking forward to the next 3 years.

May 9, 2020

The 2019 Top Pitcher award goes to captain Haley Acton with an ERA of 1.72. This is the 4th time she has received this award. In 2018 she also received the top hitter award. Congratulations Haley!

May 5, 2020   

Congratulations to Alexis Huggart on receiving the 2019 Dino Top Hitter award. Alexis finished the season with a .491 batting average and a .548 on base percentage. She also received this award in 2017 along with top rookie honors.

May 4, 2020    

Congratulations to Victoria Kehler on receiving the 2019 Dino Pride award! The award is given for outstanding commitment to the team on & off the field, and it's her 2nd year in a row receiving it. Vic has always done an exceptional job of representing the ball club and university in her 5 years of playing. The team would like to thank her for the many contributions over the years and wish her all the best in the future.

April 23, 2020   
2020 Giving Day
A Different approach to Giving Day:

Since its launch in 2017, Giving Day amplifies our community’s collective generosity to create incredible impact on the student experience, from providing new scholarships to supporting mental health and wellness programs.

 This year, we’re asking you to join us in making real, positive change in response to the pandemic – by donating in support of COVID-19 relief or giving the gift of your time to the community. We are humbled by the opportunity to share the transformative impact of Giving Day beyond the University of Calgary.

 If you are in a position to give, we are grateful for your meaningful support. Because what hasn’t changed about Giving Day is that your donation will have double the impact. All eligible gifts made by May 22 will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $2,500 per gift – but only while matching funds last, so it pays to give early.

 However you choose to give – whether by donating, volunteering or both – you’ll make a real difference across our campuses and throughout our community. Because we’re stronger together – and together, we’ll get through this.

Please visit ucalgary.ca/givingday to learn more and give today. Thank you for your support.

To support the Fastball program please visit: http://c-fund.us/r78

April 5, 2020  

Remember, we're not stuck at home, we're safe at home
February 21, 2020  
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are happy to welcome Mckenna Regier to the team. Mckenna recently signed her WCSA Letter of Intent and comes to us from the Richmond Islander organization. She calls White Rock, BC home. Mckenna is a lefty slapper, she plays both in the outfield and shortstop. She will be studying Linguistics and Languages at the university in the fall.
Mckenna Regier LOI
 February 17, 2020     
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are excited to welcome Megan Stevens from North Vancouver, BC to the team. She has played for the last three seasons with the Tri-City Titans. Megan's primary position is catcher, but can play solidly in the outfield too. Megan will be studying in the Faculty of Psychology.  
Megan Stevens LOI 
 February 11, 2020    
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are pleased to welcome Madison Thul from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to the team. She currently plays for the Moose Jaw Ice and the 222's. Madison's primary position is pitcher, but can play solidly as a utility player too. Madison will be studying in the Faculty of Nursing.
Madison Thul LOI 
 February 7, 2020   
Coach Neal Harlos and the Dinos are pleased to welcome Madison Allard from Winnipeg, Manitoba to the team. Madison recently signed her WCSA letter of Intent. Madison's primary position is 3rd base, but can play solidly as a utility player too. Madison has played the Winnipeg Lightning organization for the last 6 seasons. Madison will be studying in the Faculty of Kinesiology.
    December 16, 2019     
Dinos Season Recap
November 9, 2019     
November 5, 2019    
For all potential 2020-21 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.

October 14, 2019      
Dinos win silver at Nationals: With 4 straight wins the Dinos advanced into the Championship game against WCSA rival Regina. Unfortunately the team gave up 4 runs in the first inning, and despite outscoring Regina in the rest of the game were unable to make up the deficit, losing 5 - 3.
Kim Vibert was named Top Batter in the tournament, batting .846 in 3 games during pool play.
 
October 9, 2019     
Dinos off to Kitchener-Waterloo for the 2019 CCSA Nationals.

The top eight collegiate softball teams will converge at Budd Park in Kitchener, Ontario from October 11-13 to be claimed National Champions. The field includes the host Laurier Golden Hawks, University of Regina, University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, Western Mustangs, Brock Badgers, University of Calgary, Durham College, and Fanshawe College.

The National Championships will kick off Thursday evening when Leighanne Evans from CTV Kitchener will emcee the opening banquet with keynote speaker Brenda Andress. Andress was the first Commissioner for the Canadian Women's Hockey League, serving in the position from 2008-09 to 2017-18 and is the Founder and President of SheIs , an organization that is using the power of women’s sport to create a future of, by, and for strong women.

Action will be Friday morning and continue through Sunday evening, all at Budd Park in Kitchener. Admission for the tournament will be $5/day or $10 for the weekend and youth under 16 will be free of charge.

Fans will be able to follow the action over the weekend on 
Twitter @LaurierSoftball 
Facebook.com/LaurierSoftball 
Facebook.com - CCSA 2019 National Championships
Live bracket updates on www.oiwfa.org
 

October 6, 2019    
Dinos lose in Championship game, settle for Silver: The Dinos faced Saskatchewan in the semifinal Sunday morning, and came out strong, winning 11 - 3 in 5 innings. The rematch against Regina did not start or finish well, the Dinos never really got untracked against a very focussed U of Regina team, losing 9 - 2.
October 5, 2019   
Dinos split games on Saturday advance to semi-final: Pulling out a nail biting walk off win 7 - 6 against UBC-Okanagan, the Dinos advanced against Regina. Unfortunately they were a few hits short, and Regina won 5 - 2. With the loss the Dinos drop to the Semi-final, and await the winner of a UBC-O vs Saskatchewan game. The winner will advance to the Championship game against Regina.
October 5, 2019    
Dinos dominate All Star team and Major award selections: Dinos take 2 Major awards with Alexis Huggart winning the Top Batter award, and Haley Acton took home the Top Pitcher Award for the third straight season. Natalie Lawson received the Leadership Award for the Dinos.
Six Dinos were named to the First All Star Team: Haley Acton - Pitcher, Victoria Kehler - 1st Base, Naidine Burdett - 3rd Base, Left Field - Alexis Huggart, Kim Vibert - Centre Field,  and Natalie Lawson - Utility.
Named to the Second All Star Team were Racquel Bennett - Catcher, and Cori van Uffelen - Right Field.
Awards for Academic Excellence were given to Maddie Markey, Alexis Huggart, Emma Jerome Smith, Naidine Burdett, Victoria Kehler and KIm Vibert.
September 26, 2019   
Lethbridge weekend cancelled: In anticipation of a early fall snowstorm and unseasonably cold weather, the weekends games in Lethbridge are cancelled. Playoff draws will be announced shortly.
September 25, 2019   
Dinos move into first place after the weekends play: A sucessful weekend as the Dinos won 5 games and only lost 1 over the weekend. The highlight was a 1-0 contest against Regina who the Dinos have been in a neck and neck race for 1st place all season. The team also won twice against Briercrest and SAIT, and lost against Saskatchewan. Next up is the final weekend of league play in Lethbridge.
September 16, 2019  
Dinos win twice, tie once in rain shortened weekend: The Dinos reurned to Kelowna and played 3 games on Saturday. A 9 inning battle against a steadily improving UBC-O team saw the teams settle for a 3 - 3 tie. In exhibition action the Dinos fought back from an early deficit against the UBC-O JV team, winning 5 - 3. A solid effort in the 3rd game saw the Dinos defeat Victoria 7 - 0. Unfortunately the rains moved in overnight, and the Dinos were not able to play Sunday's scheduled game against UBC-O.The Dinos hold a 7 win, 1 loss, 1 tie record in league play after 3 weekends of play. 
Next up are home games next weekend, Friday night at 8 against Briercrest, and the Saturday games at Industrial.
September 9, 2019   
Dinos continue strong play in Regina: The Dinos continued their strong play over the weekend, winning 3, and losing only once. Wins against Saskatchewan, Briercrest and a split of the two games played against defending National Champions Regina, saw the Dinos holding a 7 win, 1 loss record in league play after 2 weekends of play. 
Next up is a return trip to Kelowna next weekend.
September 2, 2019    
Dinos open season strong in Kelowna: The best start for the Dinos since 2014 saw the team win six straight games, going 4 - 0 in league play. Play started for the Dinos Friday night, opening the season against UBC-Okanagan, a spirited 8 - 1 win. Saturday continued strong with wins against SAIT, Lethbridge and an exhition win against the UBC-Okanagan JV squad. Sunday saw the team play very well too, winning twice, first against UBC-Okanagan again, then an exhibition game against the University of Victoria. Many highlights, one being a combined no-hitter  shared by Maddie Markey and Haley Acton against Lethbridge. This was only the second no hitter in Dinos history. Next weekend's games are in Regina and will see theteam play twice against Regina, and single games against Sakatchewan and Briercrest.
 

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