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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 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.

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Batter Up
2017 Mara All Star Teams Announced
6U – All Stars Jacob Angelon         Ryan...
Grand Slam Summer Baseball Day Camps
Grand Slam USA Summer Baseball Day Camps   An...
FREE Chevy Youth Baseball Clinic with the Charlotte Knights
REGISTER TODAY for a FREE Chevy Youth Baseball Clinic!   Your...
MARA's Fundraising Program Kicks-Off This Week
2017 MARA & Sam's Xpress Car Wash Fundraising Program Your...
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...
Batter Up
MAY 2017
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We are very grateful to all Babe Ruth Moms who contribute to the leagues in so many ways, from coaching teams, to volunteering for league positions and activities, to playing ball with their kids in the backyard.
Has your league:
  • Chartered for 2017?  The charter deadline has been extended to June 1, 2017 in order for leagues to be eligible for tournament competition.
  • Secured the proper accident and liability insurance.
  • Provided Headquarters, District and State Commissioners with a copy of your team rosters and playing schedule.  All teams must play a minimum of 10 games. (To upload your rosters, visithttp://www.siplay.com/babe-ruth-league and click on the link for the roster uploader system.)
  • Registered and insured all additional teams for 2017.  A league may add teams until June 30, 2017.
  • Ordered the official shoulder emblems for your players or took advantage of the cap emblem option.
Raising Athletes For Success in Sports
Can you guess the one thing that most elite athletes have in common?  They were multi-sport kids.  Read More> 
The Best Play I Ever Made - By Cal Ripken, Jr.

I’ve never liked the term “routine double play.”  If you’ve been in a key situation where there’s a fast runner on first and the ball is hit towards you at short, you understand what I’m talking about. Turning a double play is a multistep process, and each move must be performed with perfect efficiency.   Read More> 

Chew On This - Smokeless Tobacco is Dangerous
Many children and parents do not know that smokeless tobacco is an addictive substance that can cause cancer and other health problems. Well Babe Ruth League is here to tell you that smokeless tobacco steals your health.   Read More> 
Quick Links to Information You Need to Know!
2017 Charter/Insurance Guide
2017 Rule Changes 
2017 Rules E-Books
Babe Ruth League Alumni Association
abe Ruth Alumni Store
Background Checks
Cap Emblem Program
Customized Banners
Regional Award Suppliers
Coaching Education & Certification Program
Partners and Sponsors

by posted 05/11/2017
2017 Mara All Star Teams Announced

6U – All Stars

Jacob Angelon        

Ryan Bialeck     

Barret Brett             

Alex Diaz      

Brayden Gohil    

Charlie Heffernan      

Tyler Hickman                      

Dawson Long          

Timothy Nieder     

Brooks Quick  

David Scott             

Nathan Tarr            

Head Coach – Joe Angelon

Assistant Coach – Jose Diaz

Assistant Coach – Brett Hickman


7U – All Stars

Chase Biermann

Ethan Cavan

Michael Ferro

Knox Goodyear

Brooks Griffith

Griffin Moloney

Ayden Matzke

Reece McIlveen

Dylan McLaughlin

Maverick Nelson

Dean Scofield

Fynn Tolley

Drake Gilchrist

Gus Wathan



Head Coach – Eric Biermann

Assistant Coach – Lance Matzke

Assistant Coach – Rick McLaughlin



8U – All Stars

Calan Cooper

Beckett Denton

Brian Devereaux

Ryan Grabowski

Leyton Guhl

Jaxon Haynes

Jake Janowicz

Joey Peltz

Alfred Seaman

Greyson Sheaffer

James Sturgis

Matthew Winser


Head Coach – Ed Winser

Assistant Coach – Kevin Grabowski

Assistant Coach – Ed Janowicz


9U – All Stars

Ryan Cox

Brandon Creech

Jackson Debe

Keagan Grim

Jack Gullickson

Isiah Hester

Kyle Kroehler

Spencer Powell

Luca Reyner

Hudson Shoup

Caden Tarr

William Taylor 


Head Coach – Luca Reyner

Assistant Coach – Kevin Cox

Assistant Coach – Preston Taylor


10U – All Stars

Ethan Ahern

Ethan Andujar

Jackson Coble

Brode Dixon

Drew Fletcher

Robert Jackson

Trevin Jones

Vincent Keller

Matthew Lo

Eric West

Caden Wielechowski

Joey White



Head Coach – Anthony Andujar

Assistant Coach – Kenny Coble

Assistant Coach – Jason West


11U – All Stars

Daniel Abbott

Cole Beck

Neil Griffin

Alex Koulovatos

Robert Mack

Jake McCoy

Jayden Osorio

Brennan Ryan

Nick Segarra

Hudson Shoudy

Grant Simpson

Bo Witherspoon


Head Coach – Brandon Witherspoon

Assistant Coach – Chad Griffin

Assistant Coach – Bob Mack


12U – All Stars

Luke Alexander

Peyton Creech

Kalen Cruz

Max Hunt

Jacob Koch

Gentry Otero

Cole Penotti

Jack Ryan

Weston Shoudy

Ole Swenson

Zach Vigre

Ashton Wolfe


Head Coach – Andy Hunt

Assistant Coach – Brian Alexander

Assistant Coach – Chad Bost




by posted 05/08/2017
Grand Slam Summer Baseball Day Camps

Grand Slam USA

Summer Baseball

Day Camps


An instructional baseball day camp offered for players of all skill levels ages 5-12.  Players are grouped by age and work on all aspects of the game.  The morning sessions consist of individual instruction and drills designed to develop personal skills.  Afternoon sessions are devoted to instructional scrimmages & development of team based skills.  Professional / MLB Group Leaders, HS Coaches & Collegiate Players are combined to provide your child with an enjoyable camp experience.  Grand Slam USA's Baseball Camp is Charlotte's first & longest running baseball camp!


Total cost $215.00  9AM-2PM each day

Cost includes: instruction, camp t-shirt and camper evaluation.        

All camps held @ MARA in Matthews, NC.  Sibling & multiple camp discounts available! 

Registration forms are available online @ www.grandslamusa.org


June 19-23, July 10-14, July 24-28, Aug. 7-11

Grand Slam USA

10715 Independence Pointe Parkway

Matthews, NC 28105 - 704.847.5333

“Teaching Baseball Is Our Business”

by Mara Baseball posted 05/07/2017
FREE Chevy Youth Baseball Clinic with the Charlotte Knights

REGISTER TODAY for a FREE Chevy Youth Baseball Clinic!


Your Carolina Chevy Dealers are hosting a FREE youth baseball instructional clinic with the Charlotte Knights at BB&T Ballpark for boys and girls ages 6-14.  Special Needs participants of all ages are also welcome to attend.


Players will break out into age groups and rotate through stations to learn the essentials of hitting, fielding, throwing and more!


Click here to watch a video to see what our clinics are all about! Then tell your family, friends and neighbors by sharing a link to the invitation – link.


Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis – register NOW to secure your spot!



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

– OR –

Thursday, June 15, 2017



Check-In: 8:00AM-8:45AM

Clinic: 9:00AM-12:00PM

Snacks: 12:00PM



BB&T Ballpark – 324 South Mint Street; Charlotte, NC 28202


Online Registration is Easy!

  1. Go to www.youthsportsclinics.com
  2. Click the blue “Register Now” button
  3. Select “CHARLOTTE” in the drop-down menu
  4. Enter the password “playball” (all lowercase, no spaces) and click “Submit”
  5. Click “Register Now” for desired session and enter registration information. Click “Add Attendee” on the next screen to add players.
  6. Click the blue “Complete Registration” button at the end of the page to submit your registration!
  7. Don’t forget to download the waiver (from the website OR your confirmation e-mail!). Each child must have a completed waiver to participate!
  8. Upload your best Chevy Baseball moments using the hashtag - #ChevyBaseball - to Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter. Include your Team/League name, City, State, and don’t forget “#ChevyBaseball”!


Please do not hesitate to contact Jen Stoltz via email at or phone at (678) 313-2470 if you have any questions! See you there!

by posted 05/03/2017
MARA's Fundraising Program Kicks-Off This Week

2017 MARA & Sam's Xpress Car Wash Fundraising Program

Your Team Parent/Coach will be giving you an envelope this week that contains the following:

- (3) Sam's Xpress Car Wash $20 Gift Cards

- The below letter

- A $5 off the Top Wash Coupon for your own use

If you have any questions, please contact MARA's Fundraising Coordinator Amber Batchelder at amber.MARACheer@gmail.com

by posted 04/17/2017
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 www.nfhs.org.

by posted 02/06/2011
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