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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 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 ( 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. 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.

 
Oct 25, 2014
Congratulations to current Dino, Jessica Ruzicki and alumni Jaclyn Kinley and Lindsay Noble ( nee Anderson ) who along with their 2007 Calgary Kaizen teammates were inducted into Softball Alberta's Hall of Fame today.

 

Oct 13, 2014
Dinos finish 6th at Nationals: The weather was great, and the competition was outstanding as the Dinos hosted the 7th Annual Nationals. Western University won their fourth straight National Title defeating St Clair College 9 - 1. The Dinos had a great opportunity to advance to the semi finals, losing a 1 - 0 nail biter to Regina. Dinos had to settle for 6th overall.

 

Oct 10 to 13, 2014
CCSA Nationals

Eight of the best College and University teams in Canada are in Calgary to play for the National Championship. Defending champion Western ( OIWFA ) is back, along with St. Clair College, Humber College, and Durham College from the OCAA. From the WCSA, The University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, and SAIT Polytechnic. The event is hosted by the newly crowned WCSA League Champions the University of Calgary. Come down to Shouldice Park, or follow the action on Pointstreak. click here.

 

Oct 5, 2014
Dinos capture league championship!!

A Sunday to remember saw the Dinos win 3 straight games to capture their first league championship since 2004. Starting the morning in the page 3 - 4 game, they fought off a tough SAIT team, prevailing 6 - 0. Advancing to the semifinal against the U of Saskatchewan, the Dinos took an early lead, only to see Saskatchewan score 4 in the 4th to take the lead. The Dinos scored singles in the 5th, 6th and 7th innings to pull ahead and defeat the 4 time defending league champions. Advancing to the final against 1st place Regina, the Dinos scored singles in the 2nd and 3rd innings, and 3 big runs in the 4th. Defence and pitching remained solid, seeing the Dinos win a hard fought 5 - 1 victory!

The weekend also saw the All Star teams announced, with 5 selected to the 1st team: Caytlin Edge - Pitcher, Kara Lee - 2nd, Alex McAdam - SS, Taylor McGonigal - 3rd, and Kristin Walz - Utility. Domenica Chieffo was selected to the 2nd Team in LF.

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
 

 

 

 

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