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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 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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Mara Cobras Tryouts 9U
06/30/2015
8U All Starts Win Cal Ripken State Championship
06/30/2015
7U All Stars Win State Tournament
06/29/2015
Mara 9U Travel Baseball Program Tryouts
06/24/2015
MARA 9U Travel Program Tryouts:   Tryout for 9u travel...
Mara 9U Baseball Pilot Travel Program
06/17/2015
Mara Baseball Parents:   The MARA board of directors approved...
All Star Teams Announced
05/12/2015
Mara would like to congratulate the following players on being...
Dick's Coupon
01/23/2015
          Matthews...
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...
 
Mara Cobras Tryouts 9U


by posted 06/30/2015
8U All Starts Win Cal Ripken State Championship


by posted 06/30/2015
7U All Stars Win State Tournament


by posted 06/29/2015
Mara 9U Travel Baseball Program Tryouts

MARA 9U Travel Program Tryouts:

 
Tryout for 9u travel will be held at MARA on  Casa Rita's field #1  Saturday  Aug. 1  from  1-3 pm   and Sunday Aug. 2   form  1-3 pm.  There is no charge for the tryout.
 
Contact Dave Lavender with questions, 904.838.9529

by posted 06/24/2015
Mara 9U Baseball Pilot Travel Program

Mara Baseball Parents:

 

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.

Best regards,

Dave Dunphy

President

704.287.8009


by posted 06/17/2015
All Star Teams Announced

Mara would like to congratulate the following players on being selected to the 2015 Mara All Star Teams.

 

6U

Jax Bramhall

Will Baldassarre

DJ Byers

Ryan Grabowski

Ryan Warner

Trent Banner

John Jackson

Calan Cooper

Alex Whitman

Brian Devereaux

Colt Schumacher

Zane Schumacher

Matthew Winser

 

Head Coach – John Bramhall

Assistant Coach – John Baldassare

Assistant Coach – Jon Schumacher

Assistant Coach – Jeremy Schumacher

 

 

7U

Tyler Cain

Kai Christainsen

Ryan Cox

Brandon Creech

Max Karras

Bryce Mancz

Brady Marconi

Mason Meads

Jaylen Perry

Matt Ryan

William Taylor

Gavin Ulrich

 

Head Coach – Mike Marconi

Assistant Coach – Dave Ulrich

Assistant Coach - Eric Mancz

 

8U

Jack Aurelius

Ben Baldassarre

Carson Carver

Jackson Coble

Griffin Fickling

Will Lavender

Pearson Morgan

Jacob Orloski

Drew Shelar

Charlie Smith

Brady Sullivan

Mylo White

 

Head Coach – Dave Lavender

Assistant Coach – Steve Carver

Assistant Coach – Tommy Sullivan

 

 

9U

Cameron Bagwell

Tanner Britt

Cooper Delo

Joey Hall

Jake McCoy

Luke Ries

Brennan Ryan

Hudson Shoudy

Isaac Snapp

Joey Spoto

Brantley Truitt

Bo Witherspoon

 

Head Coach – Brandon Witherspoon

Assistant Coach – Terry Hall

Assistant Coach – Chris Ryan

  

10U

Luke Alexander

Andrew Campbell

Smith Fairley

Andrew Hempe

Evan Hempe

Max Hunt

Jacob Koch

Andrew Oger

Logan McIleen

Jack Ryan

Weston Shoudy

Ole Swenson

Ashton Wolfe

 

Head Coach – Andy Hunt

Assistant Coach – Ed Wolfe

Assistant Coach – Ole Swenson


 

11U All Star Team
 
Griffin Brooks
Andrew Cox
Matts Fickling
Brock Fowler
David Garfinkle
Judd Isaacs
Gabe Legvold
Christopher Ronek
Matt Rush
Nate Stienecker
Derek Vartanian
Jackson Warfield
 
Head Coach - Kevin Isaacs
Assistant Coach - Steve Garfinkle
Assistant Coach - Andrew Stienecker

by posted 05/12/2015
Dick's Coupon
 
 
 
 
 
Matthews Athletic Recreation Association
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by posted 01/23/2015
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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