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University of Calgary Fastball Club

 

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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  Mount Royal University, SAIT Polytechnic, the University of Saskatchewan, 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 of success. 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 8th straight 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 information.

 
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 fastball@ucalgary.ca .

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
Coach Plishka will be travelling to Surrey, BC for the 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 Devils 97A's.

Maya Sohn

Sydney Sparanese

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. Read more...

 

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 information visit www.ucalgary.ca .

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.

 

 

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