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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 58th 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 awarness 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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Baseball Update
02/26/2015
Theses skills assessments times are for ages 6-12 Babe Ruth skills...
Batter UP
02/20/2015
BATTER-UP! February 2015 Has...
Information For Babe Ruth 13-14
02/19/2015
BABE RUTH INFORMATION FOR SPRING 2015 12 Year Olds are Allowed...
Dick's Coupon
01/23/2015
          Matthews...
Registration Now Open for Spring Baseball
12/27/2014
Online registration is now open for our Spring Baseball Leagues ages...
Map of Mara Fields
04/09/2014
Baseball Field Maintenance
10/01/2011
Baseball and Softball Field Maintenance Weather Line 704-847-0752...
Composite Bats - Revision
02/06/2011
Babe Ruth League, Inc. is lifting the moratorium on composite bats...
 
Baseball Update

Theses skills assessments times are for ages 6-12

Babe Ruth skills assessments will be posted at a later date

Assessments for the spring season have been canceled this Saturday, February 28th.  They will be rescheduled for next Saturday, March 7.  After reviewing the current field conditions, along with the cold temperatures forecasted for Saturday morning, we have decided it would be in the best interest of the children and volunteers to reschedule.

As a result in this delay, we have decided to reopen registration to allow one last opportunity for those wanting to play spring baseball.  Registration will now close on Wednesday, March 4 at midnight.
 
Assessments times are listed below.
Machine Pitch assessments will be on Field 8
6 Year Olds - 9:00 (Arrive at 8:30 for check in)
8 Year Olds -10:00 (Arrive at 9:30 for check in)
7 Year Olds - 11:30 (Arrive at 11:00 for check in)
 
Minors assessments will be on Field 1
10 Year Olds - 9:00 (Arrive at 8:30 for check in)
9 Year Olds - 10:00 (Arrive at 9:30 for check in)
 
Majors assessments will be on Field 12
12 Year Olds - 9:30 (Arrive at 9:00 for check in)
11 Year Olds - 10:30 (Arrive at 10:00 for check in)

by posted 02/26/2015
Batter UP
BATTER-UP!
February 2015

Has Your League Chartered

 for 2015

Welcome back for another exciting and enjoyable season in Babe Ruth League, Inc., where the player always comes first! 

It is our hope and mission that during 2015 we help our participants enjoy a fun and educational experience.

Make sure your league is ready to help us achieve our goals for the participants.  Visit www.baberuthleague.org today to charter and insure your league for 2015.

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Klamath Falls, Oregon has the Competitive Edge

Klamath Falls, Oregon is gearing up to host the 2015 Babe Ruth 16-18 World Series, bringing together eight teams from across the country and two teams from Oregon. 
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Bayonne Makes Kids Smile

Take needy children who are sports fans, caring city residents, and community minded corporate sponsors, and what do you get?  You have a recipe for a successful holiday charitable event that helps underprivileged youngsters while also making everyone feel good about themselves.  Mike Miselis, a League Vice President and coach for 37 years of the Cal Ripken League in Bayonne, New Jersey, has been organizing the annual "Make a Kid Smile Day" for the past 8 years.   Read More>

Zepp Baseball is Changing the Game


Have you ever spent hours driving baseballs into a net during a soft tossing drill or using a tee to perfect your bat to ball connection?  While those are all good training methods, analysis of them has been significantly lagging behind.  Zepp Baseball has developed a revolutionary training system, with 3D visuals, actionable insights and interactive training tools,  that helps you analyze and improve your swing.
RRead more >

 

Great American Helps Change Lives

Babe Ruth League is pleased to announce its new partnership with Great American Opportunities, a fundraising company that has been in business for over 40 years.  Great American will provide great program options, featuring exceptional values for consumers through discount cards branded exclusively for BRL, as well as unique opportunities that feature MLB licensed products.
Read more >

Click here for more details on Randy Johnson and John Smoltz 
Cap Emblem Program Back by Popular Demand  Read More>
Playing Time Dilemma - By Cal and Bill Ripken  Read More>

by posted 02/20/2015
Information For Babe Ruth 13-14

BABE RUTH INFORMATION FOR SPRING 2015

12 Year Olds are Allowed to Play in the 13-14 League

Players Age as of April 30, 2015

 

REGISTRATION ENDS ON MARCH 10, 2015

EVALUATIONS WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 14, 2015- TIMES TO BE DETERMINED

PRACTICES WILL START BY MARCH 21, 2015- PRACTICES WILL BE SCHEDULED ONCE ON WEEKENDS AND ONE OR TWO DURING THE WEEK (SCHOOL PLAYERS WILL BE EXCUSED FROM WEEKDAY PRACTICES)

THE SEASON WILL START IN LATE APRIL AND CONTINUE TO MID JUNE

 

 

ALSO MARA WANTS TO FORM A CHALLENGE TEAM in the 13/14 AGE GROUP TO PLAY EXTRA GAMES DURING THE SEASON.  THE TEAM WILL BE SLEETED FROM TRYOUTS RUN BY THE BABE RUTH COACHES

John Duncan


by posted 02/19/2015
Dick's Coupon
 
 
 
 
 
Matthews Athletic Recreation Association
Offers valid 1/1/2015 - 1/1/2016
 
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by posted 01/23/2015
Registration Now Open for Spring Baseball

Online registration is now open for our Spring Baseball Leagues ages 5-16 (players age as of April 30, 2015

T-ball 4-5 $140

Machine Pitch 6-8 $210

Minors/Majors 9-12 $260

Babe Ruth 13-16 $295

Just click on the Tab to the right or the Register Now tab on the Left Side

Questions contact your league commissioners under the Baseball Commissioners tab on the left. Their name and contact information is located there.


by posted 12/27/2014
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)
  • PLEASE TALK TO YOUR PLAYERS ABOUT DIGGING HOLES IN THE OUTFIELD TURF (This is not acceptable!!!!!)THIS IS OUR BIGGEST ISSUE. HUGE SAFETY ISSUE.
  • 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 www.nfhs.org.

by posted 02/06/2011
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