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Welcome to Mara Baseball

 

 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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09/01/2015
MARA Baseball Families: Show your team support and purchase your...
Mara Missiles Challenge Team Win Tournament
08/31/2015
Congratulations to our 8U Challenge Teams for winning their first...
Mara Bolts Ch Team Win HQ4 Tournament
08/31/2015
Congratulations to our 8U Challenge Teams for winning their first...
Registration For Fall Baseball is Now Open
07/15/2015
Mara Members: Online Registration is now open for the Fall 2015...
Mara 9U Baseball Pilot Travel Program
06/17/2015
Mara Baseball Parents:   The MARA board of directors approved...
Dick's Coupon
01/23/2015
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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...
 
Order Your Mara Baseball Gear Now

MARA Baseball Families: Show your team support and purchase your MARA gear. You can buy summer and winter gear! The 2015 MARA Baseball Team Shop for Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association is scheduled to close on  September 08 . Please follow the link below and enter the access code to direct you to MARA's site. 

 

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by posted 09/01/2015
Mara Missiles Challenge Team Win Tournament

Congratulations to our 8U Challenge Teams for winning their first tournaments of the fall season: 8U MARA Missiles - USSSA Turf Shoe Challenge Champions






by posted 08/31/2015
Mara Bolts Ch Team Win HQ4 Tournament

Congratulations to
our 8U Challenge Teams for winning their first tournaments of the fall
season:

8U MARA Bolts - HQ4 Champions


by posted 08/31/2015
Registration For Fall Baseball is Now Open

Mara Members:

Online Registration is now open for the Fall 2015 Baseball Season.


by posted 07/15/2015
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
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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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