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Jeff and Sara Moulton, a father-daughter duo from Eagan, Minnesota, have spent a lifetime together on the dirt. Sara was dominate in the circle her entire career; breaking every record at Eagan High School, becoming an All-American at the University of Minnesota, and winning two NPF championships with the Chicago Bandits. All the while with her father, Jeff, by her side …or on a bucket. So when Sara was planning her wedding she knew another memorable softball moment with her father, on her college alma mater’s campus, was a “must”. JWOS: How did the idea of a “Dad-Daughter First Catch”…

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In early December, a video surfaced on Twitter that showed Boo Sturgill taking batting practice. This wasn’t just any regular batting practice, though. Instead of general softball attire, Sturgill was wearing no shoes and a cheerleader’s uniform as she took her hacks in the cage. If she looked like she had just come off the sideline of a football or basketball game, there was a good reason for that: She did! We recently sat down with Sturgill, who is committed to Division II Carson-Newman, to talk about her softball career and her viral video. JWOS: Can you tell us a…

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*Justin’s World of Softball has no affiliation or sponsorship with any of the subsequent items mentioned. Across the country club softball has returned to play but NCAA DI coaches remain unable to recruit in person due to an extended NCAA issued emergency dead period. Because of this many teams and tournaments are increasing their use of online streaming for coaches and fans alike. However, not all streams are created equal and in this new age of technology, perfecting the “stream” could be beneficial for years to come. Some of these tips may also be useful for all other levels of…

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The impact of COVID-19 on the youth, college, professional, and national levels has been wide-reaching and is far from over. JWOS is keeping a timeline of the twists, turns, and changes as they unfold. COVID-19 RELATED FEATURES:  – Road Trip Notebook: My Favorite Moments from Five Weeks on the Road – ‘One Last Chance for a Sense of Normalcy’: How LSU’s Torina gave her team a special memory to end the 2020 season – What’s next after NCAA DI Council Ruling? – I’m a PSA, What Do I Do Now? – What the 2020 NCAA tournament could have looked like…

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Earlier this evening, the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee extended the emergency recruiting dead period through June 30th. A “dead period” is a point in time during which college coaches cannot participate in any in-person recruiting activities (e.g. summer tournaments, camps, campus visits). They are permitted to conduct phone calls (if age requirements are met) but nothing else. A common dead period in NCAA DI softball occurs during the Women’s College World Series. This news comes as a continued stressor to many prospective student-athletes and DI collegiate coaches who have been anxious to hit the field and recruiting trail.…

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Longtime Minnesota assistant coach Piper Ritter has been named the next head coach of the Golden Gophers. The school officially announced Ritter’s hiring on Sunday evening. Ritter is a Minnesota alumna and one of the most decorated pitchers in program history. She has been a member of the coaching staff for 13 seasons and has mentored All-Americans Sara Moulton, Sara Groenewegen, and Amber Fiser. “I am excited for the future of our softball program,” Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle said in a statement. “Piper has been part of our team for nearly two decades, and she is the right person…

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Tennessee Mojo, a program that offers high level fastpitch (8U-18U) and volleyball (12-16), has been spreading joy and hoping during COVID-19 lock downs by sending letters to individuals who could use a “pick-me-up”. “We have won titles at every level in all associations and nothing will ever compare to the feeling we get from [the] responses from people we have sent notes to,” said Brooks Cherry, operator of and coach within the Mojo organization. We connected with him to learn more about how the idea began and how it has been received. JWOS: Can you tell us how you first…

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