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Canada vs. USA

There are many schools that offer softball programs in both Canada and the United States.

In Canada, there are three main softball associations for postsecondary schools: the Ontario Intercollegiate Women’s Fastpitch Association, the Ontario College Athletic Association, and the Western Collegiate Softball Association. Between the three leagues, there are 25 Canadian colleges and universities that offer competitive intercollegiate fastpitch softball.

The Canadian intercollegiate softball season typically runs from approximately early September to late October, with try-outs being held in mid-August. All three leagues offer a high level of competition between schools, as well as competition in a National Championship tournament.

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SCHOOL

 

LOCATION

 

LEAGUE

 

TEAM NAME

University of Alberta

Edmonton, AB

WCSA

Golden Bears

University of Calgary

Calgary, AB

WCSA

Dinos

University of Lethbridge

Lethbridge, AB

WCSA

Pronghorns

University of Regina

Regina, SK

WCSA

Cougars

University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, SK

WCSA

Lady Saxons

Mount Royal University

Calgary, AB

WCSA

Cougars

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Calgary, AB

WCSA

Trojans

Constoga College

Kitchener, ON

OCAA

Condors

Durham College

Oshawa, ON

OCAA

Lords

Humber College

Toronto, ON

OCAA

Hawks

Mohawk College

Hamilton, ON

OCAA

Mountaineers

Seneca College

North York, ON

OCAA

Sting

St. Clair College

Windsor, ON

OCAA

Saints

Brock University

St. Catherine’s, ON

OIWFA

Badgers

Carleton University

Ottawa, ON

OIWFA

Ravens

McMaster University

Hamilton, ON

OIWFA

Marauders

Queens University

Kingston, ON

OIWFA

Gaels

Wilfred Laurier University

Waterloo, ON

OIWFA

Golden Hawks

York University

Toronto, ON

OIWFA

Lions

University of Guelph

Guelph, ON

OIWFA

Gryphons

University of Ottawa

Ottawa, ON

OIWFA

Gee Gees

University of Toronto

Toronto, ON

OIWFA

Varsity Blues

University of Western Ontario

London, ON

OIWFA

Mustangs

University of Windsor

Windsor, ON

OIWFA

Lancers

*Clicking on SCHOOL NAME directs to main school website.Clicking on TEAM NAME directs to team/school athletics website*

The Ontario Intercollegiate Women’s Fastpitch Association (OIWFA) was founded in 2002 and features universities from across the province of Ontario. The University of Western Ontario Mustangs have been particularly successful in recent years, winning four of the last six OIWFA Championships.

The Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA) offers fast pitch softball as one of the sports in its lineup of ten different intercollegiate sports. Colleges from across Ontario have competed for the OCAA Championship since fastpitch was introduced in 1981. Durham College has been extremely successful, winning eight titles in the past twelve years (and a second place finish in the other four years).

The Western Collegiate Softball Association features colleges and universities from Alberta and Saskatchewan. The University of Saskatchewan Huskies have won the past three WCSA Championships.

Colleges and universities in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces may offer club softball teams that are affiliated with the schools, but do not operate under a sanctioned league.

Additionally, two universities in British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, offer American-level fastpitch competition. The UBC Thunderbirds are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a part of the Association of Independent Institutions, while theSimon Fraser Clan are National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II members that compete in the Great Northwest Athletics Conference. These two institutions compete against American universities, offering an ever high level of competition than the three Canadian leagues.

Finally, there are American schools. As touched upon in the last paragraph, there are two main leagues that American colleges and universities operate under – the NCAA and the NAIA. The NCAA has three levels of competition – Division I, Division II, and Division III. Division I features the highest level of competition and the largest schools, while Division II and III feature smaller schools and a somewhat less competitive level of play. All in all, there are more than 900 NCAA and 205 NAIA schools with competitive fastpitch softball programs.

More Resources:
http://www.canadiancollegesoftball.ca/
athleticscholarships.net
http://www.collegesportsscholarships.com/softball.htm

 

FUN FACT: Women’s Softball was first introduced as an Olympic sport in 1996 at the Summer Games in Atlanta. It remained an Olympic sport until the 2008 Summer games, but has been removed for the 2012 and 2016 games. Source: http://www.sportsknowhow.com/sof