Some things we know for certain -- Lauren Chamberlain will dominate, for instance. But in a softball season without a clear favorite team, it's only fitting that we begin by throwing out some questions.
USA Softball has enough problems on its plate without creating more, but that's exactly what it did when trying to force its biggest star, Keilani Ricketts, into a long-term deal.
Alabama hasn't been around long, but it's come close to softball's big prize a few times. Wednesday was its breakthrough as the Crimson Tide won the WCWS title over Oklahoma.