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.
The MARA board of directors approved during our 6/7/2015 session to institute a pilot 9u baseball travel program for the fall 2015 season.
As an organization and board of directors we have explored travel baseball programs for the greater part of the past three years. During that time we have been approached by families who are curious about the concept of Travel or Tournament only baseball programs. Because we did not have a program or plan in place to accommodate those families, many have left the organization to pursue that option.
In the interest of our organization we continued to work on alternatives to keep families at MARA. Many hours have been spent on research and many plans reviewed. When it came down to implementing the pilot program we based our decision on factual results, our own travel softball program. Yes, MARA has been operating a travel softball program for many years. Successfully operating a travel program. Baseball turned to the successes and experiences of our softball program for our pilot baseball program.
I understand our pilot program may prompt some questions as to how it may impact our existing rec program. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have.
Lastly keep an eye open for further updates on tryouts for this program.
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 www.nfhs.org.