About

   THE ULTIMATE FASTPITCH EXPERIENCE IN MID MISSOURI

     Central Missouri Phenom (CMP) and Missouri Stealth Fastpitch (MS) joined forces in 2019 to create a new competitive youth sports experience for Central Missouri athletes. With this collaboration Phenom Fastpitch was also formed. 

     Neal Sidebottom (CMP),  Kevin Ward (MS) and Jason Marino, (who has 12 years of previous college coaching experience) came together to maximize the power of 30 plus youth baseball and softball teams to give Mid Missouri athletes an opportunity that currently does not exist for them without traveling to the Kansas City or St. Louis area.

     We are an organization that values development of the whole person...building character through competition. We are creating a championship culture and mindset within our athletes. Pursue your passion with us!!

     If you love softball, love to compete and your goal is to get recruited our club is what you want. Our teams compete in great events including June Tulsa Elite, July Tulsa Elite, June Top Gun Invite, St. Louis Softball Showcases 1 & 2, Scenic City, Hustle City, Team 1 Championships, USA Softball Invitationals in Broken Arrow, OK and Kansas City, Chicago Sparks Showcase and more. We receive invites to scrimmage on college campuses. We will be hosting our own Elite Showcase, Recruitment events and instructional camps in 2020.

     We have our new Phenom Fastpitch program geared towards kids/families that want a great experience, aren’t interested in a heavy travel schedule, or just need a little more time to develop. Those teams will play a more local flavor.

     Central Missouri Phenom (CMP) is a Non For Profit organization governed by a "Board" as required under the IRS's 501(c)(3) rules. Neal Sidebottom is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for CMP and Director of  Baseball Operations and Recruitment. Kevin Ward is the Director of Softball Operations. Jason Marino is the Fastpitch Director of Player Development and Recruiting. Dave Watkins is the Director of Business Development, Fundraising and Marketing. Kevin, Jason and Dave are all voting members of the CMP Board.

Coordinated and Trained Coaching

     Under the direction of Jason Marino, Missouri Stealth and Phenom Fastpitch have created a team of coaches that include current or former collegiate athletes and coaches to ensure a coordinated development of our athletes. College coaches will know our athletes are taught the right way. Besides fundamental skills we will work to improve mental skills, communication and develop the whole person to become leaders. There are other aspects to a well-rounded high school and college athlete that go beyond fundamentals. When our players make that transition, they will be prepared. 

     We use non-parent head coaches to reduce favoritism perceptions. We use proven parent coaches to maintain consistency by using designated drills assigned by the head coach during parent lead practices when the head coach has a conflict of schedule. This key group of parent coaches has been carefully developed and are lead by Jason Marino. 

Recruitment - Recruitment - Recruitment
     As our players grow into the 14u-18u age groups, former D1/D2 college coach, Jason Marino, will guide them through the recruitment process. We give our players an early advantage through an extensive education process on recruitment. We will implement a recruitment strategy that will maximize relationships with Missouri College Coaches and branch out to surrounding states at all levels (JUCO-D1). 

Flexibility Within our Program and Organization
    We will maximize flexibility by implementing standard practices. This will allow us to keep our busier athletes in training.  B
y teaching similar strategies across our teams we can share athletes easier when a team is shorthanded or a player needs/wants extra game experience. This will also eliminate the need for outside guest players. In addition to this we can open practices up when an athlete misses their own team's practice due to multi-sport or family related conflicts. Our coaches train athletes with the most up to date skills and this will foster a culture of competitiveness between players and teams with will produce a level of high intensity in practice and carry over into games. 

Winter Indoor Program/Practices

Our athletes will have priority access to facilities. We have multiple facilities in the Jefferson City, Columbia, Sedalia and Osage Beach communities. We have negotiated great rates for our teams for better access. 

Including our brand new, 35,000 square foot facility, named The Zone, that is now home to our Missouri Stealth, Phenom Fastpitch and Central Missouri Phenom Baseball teams. 

Benefits of Being in the Organization

     Benefits of being a part of the Central Missouri Phenom (CMP) and Missouri Stealth (MS) organization are that with 30+ teams we are able to buy in bulk and save thousands each year and pass those savings directly to the families of CMP & MS athletes. We have multiple facilities in the Jefferson City, Columbia, Sedalia, and Osage Beach communities that our teams will have priority access too and assurance CMP/MS teams can practice even when it is not possible to be outside on the fields.

     Another savings families will get from being a part of the CMP and MS organization is hotel savings.  With multiple teams staying in the same hotel, our hotel coordinator works directly with hotel chain corporate offices to get the best possible rates.

Organization Alumni & 23U Team

     We invite our MS club alumni back to work out with us during winter practices and "pick their brains" for the skills, drills and ideas they have been learning at the university/college they attend. This will be their way of "giving back" to the organization as mentors/possible future coaches within the Stealth/Phenom Fastpitch organization. We also help them if they intend to transfer from their current university/college.

We will create a 23U team to help those former Stealth players stay active in the off season while currently in college. In the future, these athletes could transition to a semi-pro team like the St. Louis Saints.