Cal Ripken Age 4-12
Little League/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 61st 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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Babe Ruth League is pleased to remind all leagues that it is time to charter for another great season. Chartering and insuring your league has never been easier! To get started, visit www.baberuthleague.organd click on the "2018 Chartering" link.
Do You Want to Sponsor Your Child's Team - Now Is The Time!
Have You Ever Thought About Sponsoring Your Child's Team......Now Is The Time!
Every year, when teams are determined or uniforms are handed out, we field requests from parents to sponsor their child’s team. This can sometimes be too late in the process given the turnaround times for ordering and printing of uniforms.
Sponsorship of your child’s team is a Silver Level at $650 which includes the following for the spring season:
• Team sponsorship of spring season (name on back of jersey)
• Company name on 3’ x 5’ field sign (we will design banner if needed)
• Company supplied information in registration packages (approx. 850)
• Name included on two (2) Sponsor Walls at complex
• Company name listed as sponsor in monthly newsletter (8x/year)
• Wall plaque with spring team picture to display at place of business
• Company name listed on rotating banner on homepage of MARA website
• Hyperlink to your company's website on MARA's sponsors tab on website
• Recognition Emblem to display at place of business
Your sponsorship will help to ensure we continue to provide an affordable recreation outlet and learning experience to our community kids. Please contact Monique Brooks, Sponsorship Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 980-297-1308 for more information.
Challenge Baseball is set up to provide an alternative to "travel baseball" by providing tournament experience to teams made up of players that play at local area associations. MARA - Machine Pitch will be fielding a team for the 7U and 8U age groups. The age is determined by the player’s age as of 4/30/2018. There will be a Tryout, and players will be selected to play on either the 7U or 8U team based on performance at the tryouts. Please note that depending on number of players that tryout this will directly impact the team selection process. We would love to have all players that tryout make the team, however there will inevitably be some players that may not make the team. That means that it is no for now, not no forever. Players develop at different rates, and some catch up and surpass others if they are willing to put in the hard work. For the players that do not make the team there may be some additional practice/development opportunities if they are willing to put in hard work to continue to improve their skills.
Challenge Baseball Info:
Tryouts – 3/2/18 from 6PM to 8PM at Arthur Goodman Park – 1200 South Trade St. Matthews, NC 28105
7U – Field #7 (Age 7 and under as of 4/30/2018)
8U – Field #8 (Age 8 and under as of 4/30/2018)
Season – The Challenge Season will last from March 4th through approx. May 20th.
Practices – Practices are typically held on Friday evenings, and Sunday afternoons that the teams are not playing in a tournament. All practices and tournament will be scheduled between March 4th and approx. May 20th.
Tournaments – Tournaments typically consist of Sunday Only Tournaments (2 games per team), however there may also be opportunity to participate in full weekend tournaments as well (4 games minimum per team on Sat/Sun). Over the course of the Challenge Season the team will participate in a minimum of 4 One-Day - Sunday Only Tournaments. Additional tournaments may be optional depending on availability and cost. Any additional tournaments above 4 would not be covered in the upfront fees paid for Challenge.
Cost – The cost for challenge baseball is $150 dollarsfor kids that are also playing a Rec sport and MARA in the Spring, and $250 dollars for kids that are not playing a Rec sport at MARA this Spring. Note that the difference in cost is to cover the $100 dollar field usage fee payable to MARA for kids that are not playing a Rec sport at MARA in the Spring. This cost covers uniforms (hat and jersey only), field usage at MARA, a minimum of 4 one-day tournaments and all entry and registration fees associated with the tournaments.
Please feel free to reach out to the following coaches with any questions.
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