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 Mara Baseball Since 1956

Cal Ripken Age 4-12
Babe Ruth Age 13-16

 Matthews Athletic and Recreation Association was founded in 1956 for the purpose of providing the youth in Matthews/Mecklenburg County area an organized association for sports and recreational activities.  Baseball has been the cornerstone of the program and is entering it's 59th year in operation.  Located at Arthur Goodman Park MARA provides a balance of strong leadership, an involved community and top instruction.  For player's age 4-16 MARA provides training on fundamentals as well as advanced techniques to increase each child's awareness to fitness, strategy and character.  MARA Baseball have long traditions of winning at every level of play.  Advanced programs are being offered that will provide players an opportunity to play challenge/travel baseball.  In addition to the regular recreational season.  MARA will offer a separate schedule of games against other associations.  Arthur Goodman Park is located at 1200 South Trade Street in Matthews and is accessible to many families in Mecklenburg and Union Counties.  Established by the Goodman family, MARA has grown to be one of the premier facilities in the area. With 10 lighted fields and multiple practice areas, teams and individuals have increased access for practice and games. MARA is the place to play.

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Great Baseball Opportunity
Fall Baseball Registration Now Open
Registration for Fall Baseball is Now Open. Ages 4-18 as of April...
Grand Slam Summer Camps
GRAND SLAM SUMMER CAMPS For: Baseball Players 5-12 years...
2016 Mara All Stars Selected
Congratulations to the following players for being selected to represent...
All American Baseball Summer Camps
ALL-AMERICAN BASEBALL SUMMER CAMPS An intense 4 day baseball camp...
Map of Mara Fields
Baseball Field Maintenance
Baseball and Softball Field Maintenance Weather Line 704-847-0752...
Composite Bats - Revision
Babe Ruth League, Inc. is lifting the moratorium on composite bats...
Great Baseball Opportunity

by posted 07/15/2016
Fall Baseball Registration Now Open

Registration for Fall Baseball is Now Open. Ages 4-18 as of April 30, 2017. More information about skills will be posted later if you have questions contact your commissioner for your league. Commissioners contact information is listed on the left side tab Baseball Commissioners.

by posted 07/06/2016
Grand Slam Summer Camps
For: Baseball Players 5-12 years old
Where: MARA (Arthur Goodman Park)
Cost: $210; includes: instruction, camp t-shirt, and camper evaluation.
June 20 - June 24, 2016
June 27 - July 1, 2016
July 11 - July 15, 2016
July 18 - July 22, 2016
Aug 8 - Aug 12, 2016
Description: An instructional baseball day camp offered for players of all skill levels ages 5-12. Players are grouped by age and work on every aspect of the game from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM each day. The morning session consists of instruction and drills designed to develop personal skills. The afternoon session is devoted to instructional scrimmages to develop team oriented skills. 
Items to Bring: Campers should bring a light lunch (ice water is provided) and money for Gatorade, sodas, and snacks at breaks. Personal gear includes the following: baseball cleats, sneakers, long pants, bat, cap, fielders glove, and sunscreen.
Camp Goals: To enhance the skills of all who participate and to promote a love for the game of baseball by way of instruction in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.
Special Features: Small group instruction, radar gun to measure throwing velocity, a written evaluation prepared by camp counselor, and daily instructional scrimmages supervised by former Major League players.
For more information, please visit:

by posted 05/24/2016
2016 Mara All Stars Selected

Congratulations to the following players for being selected to represent MARA

as 2016 Cal Ripken All Stars: 


6U - Head Coach: Eric Biermann

Chase Biermann

Tyler Ford

Brooks Griffith

Quinn Lee

Reece McIlveen

Dylan McLaughlin

Gray Miller

Carter Rullo

Nathan Tarr

TJ Taylor

Fynn Tolley

​Michael Ferro


7U - Head Coach: Ed Winser

Matthew Abbott

DJ Byers

Calan Cooper

Brian Deereaux

Ryan Grabowski

Leyton Guhl

Jake Janowicz

Greyson Sheaffer

Charlie Stafford

James Sturgis

Matthew Winser

Ryan Warner


8U - Head Coach: Mike Marconi

Tyler Cain

Kai Christensen

Isaiah Hester

Max Karras

Gavin Layton

Bryce Mancz

Brady Marconi

Jaylen Perry

Spencer Powell

Matt Ryan

Gavin Ulrich

Mylo White


9U - Head Coach: Anthony Andujar

Ethan Andujar

Jackson Coble

Brode Dixon

Drew Fletcher

Robert Jackson

Trevin Jones

Seth Hartnett

Matthew Lo

Kevin Welch

Eric West

Joseph White

Caden Wielechowski



10U - Head Coach: Brandon Witherspoon 

Daniel Abbott

Alex Angelon

Cole Beck

Neil Griffin

Alex Koulavatos

Robert Mack

Jake McCoy

Brennan Ryan

Hudson Shoudy

Isaac Snapp

Timon Strader

Bo Witherspoon



11U - Head Coach:  Darrell Bagwell 

Cameron Bagwell

Andrew Campbell

Cooper Delo

Smith Fairley

Joey Hall

Andrew Hempe

Evan Hempe

Jonah Karkow

Logan McILveen

Cole Pennotti

Jack Ryan

Weston Shoudy

Ole Swenson



12U - Head Coach:  Steve Brooks 

Griffin Brooks

Ryan Conklin

Sam Decker

Matts Fickling

Brock Fowler

Mason Gordon

Michael Laughlin

Luke Pfieler

Andrew Sentlinger

Spencer Silverman

Will Sparks

Sammy Spoto

Jackson Warfield


by posted 05/16/2016
All American Baseball Summer Camps


An intense 4 day baseball camp held at the Providence High School Baseball Stadium. Learn the drills and experience the same instruction that has helped develop 11 high school All-Americans in the past 13 seasons at Providence High School! Coach Hignight just completed his 13th season at Providence; he also severed as a USA National Assistant Coach in 2011 Pan Am Games, where the team brought home the gold.  Coach Hignight has been the recipient of the 2015 American Baseball Coaches Association Southeast Regional Coach of the Year, and 2 time Charlotte Observer Coach of the Year.


Summer Camp Dates 2016: June  13th – 16th   June 20th-23rd  July 25th-28th


Who may attend: The camp is designed for baseball player’s ages 8-14. The pace of the camp will be similar to the everyday practices that the Providence Baseball team experiences.  Space is limited on a first come first served basis.   


Facilities: The camp will be held at the Providence High School Baseball Stadium.  If rain occurs instruction will continue in the covered cages, which provides 8 cage stations and a covered infield/catching area for defensive development.  Also in use this year will be the FungoMan Machine, which is a state of the art groundball/flyball machine.


Equipment: Bring cleats, sneakers, gloves, helmet and practice pants.   


General Information and Cost: Camp will be held from 8am-12pm Monday-Thursday. Each camper is expected to carry his own accident insurance. Insurance and policy number should be indicated on the application.    

Cost: $150.00  per session  Checks should be made out to: All-American Baseball Camps, LLC Mailed to: 

All-American Baseball Camps  8230 Early Bird Way, Mint Hill NC 28227  Email: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------All-American Baseball Camps Registration    Make checks payable to: All-American Baseball Camps ($150.00 per session)  

Player Name (First and Last): __________________________________________Age:______ School: ____________________

Primary Position________________________________ Secondary Position_______________________________

Address: _________________________________________________Email Address:______________________________________________

Parent Name: ____________________________________________________ Best Contact Number__________________________________

Health Insurance Co: __________________________________ Policy Number: ______________________________________

Camp Session: 

 ________June 13th – 16th

________ June 20th – 23rd

________ July 25th – 28th

by posted 04/22/2016
Map of Mara Fields

by posted 04/09/2014
Baseball Field Maintenance

Baseball and Softball Field Maintenance
Weather Line 704-847-0752 Select Option # 2
  • Check MARA Website of Call Weather Line to determine if fields are open.
  • DO NOT practice or play on a field with standing water.
  • DO NOT remove wet dirt from the mound, home plate or baseline.
  • Please do all warm up exercises in the outfield, but DO NOT have players stand on painted outfield lines.
  • DO NOT use the fences for soft toss, pepper or to throw against.
  • Please try to rotate dugouts used for practice!!!!!
Post Game Maintenance
  • Rake and level home plate area…fill and tamp holes with rake.
  • Rake and level pitcher’s mound and bullpen…fill and tamp with rake.Rubber and pitching landing area, and then wet the mound thoroughly (fields 1, 12, 13 and Babe Ruth)
  • Rake and level around all bases-DO NOT rakedirt into grass area.
  • Broom drag infield dirt. DO NOTdrag dirt into grass area. (keep broom on the dirt)
  • DO NOTdrag the brooms down the baselines on fields 1, 12, 13.
  • DO NOT allow players to practice swing in grass in front of dugouts (keep players in the gravel areas)
  • Clean dugouts areas – throw all trash and litter into trash cans.
  • Turn off the field lights (after the game)
  • Notify Commissioners of your league of any problems.
Please remember that any failure to properly take care of the fields can affect other players and coaches the next day. Help keep this facility in good shape for all users. 
by posted 10/01/2011
Composite Bats - Revision
Babe Ruth League, Inc. is lifting the moratorium on composite bats for the Cal Ripken Division effective immediately.  This applies onlyto the 2 ¼” barrel bats. 

All bats must be stamped “Approved For Play in Babe Ruth Baseball” and meet the requirement of Rule 1.10 in the Babe Ruth League, Inc. 2011 Baseball Rules and Regulations for 2 ¼” baseball bats.  
Note:  The Babe Ruth 13-15 and 16-18 Baseball age divisions will continue to have the moratorium in force as explained in the memo dated October 26, 2010.  As was stated in this memo, all approved composite bat models for the Babe Ruth 13-15 and 16-18 Baseball Divisions are listed at

by posted 02/06/2011
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