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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 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 4-18 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.

HEADLINES  Subscribe to MARA Baseball RSS news feed.
2017 Rule Changes - Pitch Count
03/06/2017
Babe Ruth Ages 13-16 Registration Now Open
12/23/2016
MARA is proud to offer competitive baseball via the Babe Ruth program...
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...
 
2017 Rule Changes - Pitch Count


by posted 03/06/2017
Babe Ruth Ages 13-16 Registration Now Open

MARA is proud to offer competitive baseball via the Babe Ruth program for ages 13-16 (for Spring 2017, any player born after April 30, 2000 is eligible).  Parents and players continually seek out programs at this age level and MARA is committed to offering a robust playing environment in both the fall and spring/summer. 

For Spring 2017, the range of expected levels of play is as follows:

1.      Age 13 only – A great environment for players having previously played in the Majors division.  All players in this grouping will be new to the larger field.

2.      Ages 14-15  – Offers a great balance of competition and camaraderie for middle school and/or high school freshman.  Competition at this level will help improve and keep skills sharp.

3.      Age 16 only  – Competitive play for athletes that love the game who may or may not be playing full time via school programs.

 

Highlights specific to all age brackets:

·         Unlimited access to fantastic MARA facilities

·         Spring Season runs April-June (games commence in May to allow for completion of school season);  Fall Season takes place from late August through the end of October

·         Compete vs. other Union and Mecklenburg county organizations- league champions are determined

·         “Challenge / Travel” and “All Star Trail” play also available in addition to league play

 

  • For Babe Ruth, if a player resides in Union County and has not played previously at MARA, there is a remote chance that participation restrictions may apply (please contact Commissioner Brooks)

·         Although MARA has the capacity to field 6-7 teams across the age 13-16 spectrum, it is possible that high levels of registration will drive capacity constraints.  Therefore, team inclusion in Babe Ruth is not guaranteed.   Tryouts may have to occur and some priority would be granted to players that have come up through the MARA program.   Full refunds will be given to any impacted players if this scenario were to occur.  We expect to finalize player and team counts shortly after the March 15 registration deadline.

 

Please reach directly to commissioner Steve Brooks if more information is needed.


by posted 12/23/2016
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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