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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 2015 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
May 30, 2016
Season Dates and Locations announced: The WCSA released the dates and locations for the regular season and playoffs.

 

September 2 - 3 - 4 Calgary ( Ed Corbett - Friday, Calgary Industrial: Saturday + Sunday )

September 9 - 10 Moose Jaw ( Briercrest )

September 10 - 11 Regina

September 16 - 18 Edmonton

September 19 Calgary ( Dinos vs SAIT @ Ed Corbett )

September 23 - 25 Saskatoon

Playoffs

September 30, October 1 - 2 ( Ed Corbett - Friday, Calgary Industrial: Saturday + Sunday )

CCSA Nationals

The University of Saskatchewan will host the 9th Annual National Championships over the Thanksgiving Long weekend in Saskatoon, October 7 - 10, 2016.

May 25, 2016
Tryout Dates and Summer Practices: All players that are interested in playing for the Dinos in 2016 should be aware of these dates. Walk on's are welcome, but please contact the coaching staff prior to these dates. Waivers for new players will be required prior to stepping on the field.

email: fastball@ucalgary.ca

Informal practices:

Saturday August 20th @ Crossroads Diamonds 12:00-2:00PM

Tuesday August 23rd hitting @ Absolute Baseball Academy 6:00-7:30PM

Wednesday August 24th Crossroad diamonds 6:00PM-8:00PM

Tryouts

Saturday & Sunday August 27th & 28th Crossroads Diamonds 12:00-3:00PM

May 3, 2016
Where the coaches will be this summer

 

Head Coach Neal Harlos:

May 6 - 8 - Strathmore

June 3 - 5 CWFA ( Calgary )

June 10 - 12 Leduc ( Shakers )

July 8 - 10 Provincials - Calgary U16 and U18

July 15 -17 Provincials - Stony Plain U21

Asst. Coach Amanda Sanderson

Any GPLS weekend that the U14 Strathmore team is playing!

Assc. Coach Randy Plishka

June 10 - 12 - Lloydminster - GPLS All Star weekend

July 16 -20 - Surrey, BC - Canadian Open Championships

April 3, 2016
Coach Neal Harlos and the  Dinos would like to announce that Kim Vibert of the Regina Kaos has signed a  Letter of Intent. Kim plays Centre Field and will be studying Bio Sciences in school.
March 31, 2016
Congratulation to Emma Jerome-Smith who has been selected as the University of Calgary's Dinos Female Competitive Club Athlete of the Year. She will receive the award at Tuesday Nights, " Night of the Dino". Emma, who is one of our teams captains, becomes the 3rd straight Fastball team member to receive this award. Sarah Beth Plishka received the inaugural Club Student-Athlete Award in 2014, followed by Kristin Walz last season. read more..
March 30, 2016
Coach Neal Harlos and the  Dinos would like to announce that Libby Wheeler of the Strathmore Thunder has signed a  Letter of Intent. Libby plays shortstop and will be studying Kinesiology at school.
March 17, 2016
“An Evening with the Dino’s was an exceptionally enjoyable evening last night. Lots of good food, thanks to Red Seal Chef Don Mackinnon; a great selection of items on the silent auction table. Thank you to all the companies who donated these items, and of course good company and good drink. We would sincerely offer our thanks to Crowfoot Wines ( and  Elliot ) who ensured that the Dinos had a successful evening. Thank you to all who came out, and hope to see you again next year.
Feb 9, 2016

“An Evening with the Dino’s: an event empowering female

 athletics and women brewers and winemakers” with the

 University of Calgary Dinos Fastball Team

Crowfoot Wine and Spirits Event Centre

7414 Crowfoot Road NW

Wednesday  March 16th 2016 @ 7-10PM

For tickets or more info ( click here)

 
Archived news

 

“An Evening with the Dino’s " Sponsors

 

   
Tom Sanderson Family
Tony Martino
Jerome Smith Family
Caytlin Edge
Gary Hinton
Klein Family
Kimberley Ferguson
Tworo Family
Melissa Maude
Kim Caputo

 

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