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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 six teams, and now includes SAIT Polytechnic, the University of Saskatchewan, Briercrest College and Seminary, the University of Regina and in 2015 the University of Alberta rejoined 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 eight 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 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 8 straight appearances at Nationals for the Dinos are unmatched by any school in Canada.

The 2016 Dinos are now back in the gym, working on skill improvements and also fundraising. As well the coaches will be travelling, bringing awareness of the Dinos and the WCSA to Western Canadian centres, and helping recruit players to the team or league. Please contact the coaches for more information.

 

 

 
Recent news
April 4, 2017
Congratulations to Karen Sondergard who has been selected as the University of Calgary's Dinos Female Competitive Club Athlete of the Year. She received the award at Tuesday Night's, " Night of the Dino". Karen, a 3rd year Economics major, becomes the 4th straight Fastball team member to receive this award. Sarah Beth Plishka received the inaugural Club Student-Athlete Award in 2014, followed by Kristin Walz, and Emma Jerome Smith last season. read more..

 

March 16, 2017
 

An Evening with the Dino’s”

All the Dinos would like to say thank you to our major sponsors who made last nights event a success. Crowfoot Wine and Spirits and Elliott Hunter for all their help. Molson Coors for their contributions and support. Eau Clair Distillery for adding their uniqueness to the evening. For the second year in a row, thank you to Peller Estate Wines. Thank you to E & J Gallo Winery for their contributions, hope to have you back next year!

A special thank you to Don Mackinnon for the fine food prepared for everyone. Visit Don at Chop Steakhouse in Chinook when you want another great meal.

To all the businesses and friends of the Dinos who donated items for the silent auction, thank you. You ensured both a fun time bidding on the items, but as importantly, you helped offset the financial costs to the young women of the team.

Thank you to all who came out, and hope to see you again next year.

October 24, 2016

Are considering coming to the University of Calgary? The Dinos start off season training next Month on Thursday nights and Saturday afternoons. If you would like an opportunity to practice with the team contact Coach Neal Harlos at fastball@ucalgary.ca . Practices will run through to early December, and then start again in January and through March.

We can help you in finding out what the University of Calgary offers in programs of study. As well, campus tours can be arranged for you, so you can see everything that the U of Calgary has to offer.

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2017 “An Evening with the Dino’s " Sponsors

 

        
Gary Hinton
Jerome Smith Family
Tworo Family
Vibert Family
McIntosh Family
van Uffelen Family
Cathy Sondergard
WEST Clothing Company
AIM Bodywork
Viewpoint Massage

 

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