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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. 

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.

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

Feb 1, 2014

Congratulations to the winners of our Travel Voucher raffle, Jim Strain and Gail Hicks. 2nd prize: Cassandra Wong. Thank-you to all who supported us.  

Nov 24, 2013

Former Major League catcher and current Toronto Blue Jays TV analyst Gregg Zaun will be 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. Tickets are $200 each, and are available through the fastball team at fastball@ucalgary.ca .

 Oct 14, 2013
Dinos finish 6th at Nationals. The Dinos started off well, winning their first game against Durham College 5 - 0, but the team struggled to get timely hits the rest of the weekend. Taylor McGonigal was the only Dino selected to the Championship All Star team. The weekend marked the final games as Dinos for Sarah Wilson, Rachel Bader, Samantha Hiltz, and Sarah Beth Plishka.


The University of Calgary Dinos are hoping to host the CCSA Nationals in 2014, and would sincerely hope that you can join us in Calgary next year!

Oct 7, 2013

Dinos upset in WCSA playoffs. A dominating WCSA season came to an end when the University of Saskatchewan upset the Dinos 6 - 4 in the semi final, forcing the team to settle for a Bronze medal finish.

The WCSA named the 2013 All Star Teams, which saw 6 Dinos named to the 1st Team, 2 more to the 2nd Team. Players named to the 1st Team were Taylor McGonigal - 3rd Base, Alex McAdam - Shortstop, Sarah Beth Plishka - 1st Base, Samantha Hiltz - Left Field, Jessica Ruzicki - Centre Field, Rachel Bader - Right Field. Second team selections included Kara Lee - 2nd Base, and Sarah Wilson - Utility.

League Awards saw Sarah Beth Plishka receiving the Top Batter Award for her .522 Batting Average; Caytlin Edge receiving the Top Pitcher Award for her league leading 33 strikeout, 3 - 0 season record. As well the coaching staff received the Coaches Award.

Sept 23, 2013

Dinos clinch regular season title. The weekend saw the Dinos win 4 games, which earned the team the top seeded spot going into the playoffs. This is the first time since 2004 that the Dinos have finished in first place.   

Sept 16, 2013

Dinos play 500 ball over the weekend. Dinos won 3 of 4 games against conference opponents over the weekend, winning against SAIT, Saskatchewan, and Mount Royal, and losing a 4-3 decision to Regina. The team also played two games against the University of Great Falls, almost pulling off a comeback in the bottom of the 7th inning in the second game.

Sept 8, 2013

Dinos continue their winning ways, going 4 and 1 over the weekend. The team went 3 - 0 against their league opponents. The highlight of the weekend was a thrilling 2 -1, come from behind victory in the bottom of the 7th against Williston State. This marks the first ever win for the Dinos against a team from the USA.

Sept 1, 2013

Dinos start the season with six wins on opening weekend! With the best start to the season for the fastball team in recent memory, the Dinos win against all their division rivals. They did it the hard way at times, coming from behind against MRU, Regina and the U of Saskatchewan, and a little bit of luck helped too; a dropped ball by the U of S in the bottom of the 7th allowed the winning run to score.


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