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.
Baseball Update 02/26/2015 Theses skills assessments times are for ages 6-12
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Batter UP 02/20/2015
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)
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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.