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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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Babe Ruth 13-14 Challenge Team
Mara would like to congratulate the these players for being selected...
All Star Teams Announced
Mara would like to congratulate the following players on being...
Dick's Coupon
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...
Babe Ruth 13-14 Challenge Team

Mara would like to congratulate the these players for being selected to the Babe Ruth U14 Challenge Team.

Eric Brown

Benjamin Burgamy

Grayson Chesser

Leo Hoffer

Sam Hunt

Tahjai Hunter

Cameron Leslie

Carlin Lewis

Matthew Morales

Alex Rice

Colby Sanders

Brian Swett

Logan VanDyke

Alex Ward

by posted 05/19/2015
All Star Teams Announced

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



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




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



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




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



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
Offers valid 1/1/2015 - 1/1/2016
Matthews Athletic Recreation Association
Valid 1/1/2015 - 1/1/2016
Matthews Athletic Recreation Association
Valid 1/1/2015 - 1/1/2016
Matthews Athletic Recreation Association
Valid 1/1/2015 - 1/1/2016
Matthews Athletic Recreation Association
Valid 1/1/2015 - 1/1/2016
Matthews Athletic Recreation Association
Valid 1/1/2015 - 1/1/2016
Matthews Athletic Recreation Association
Valid 1/1/2015 - 1/1/2016

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)
  • 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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