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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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Mara 7U All Stars Win State Tournament
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Map of Mara Fields
Winners of the HQ4 7U Tournament
Congratulations to the 7U Mara Cobras Challenge Baseball Team...
Baseball Field Maintenance
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Composite Bats - Revision
Babe Ruth League, Inc. is lifting the moratorium on composite bats...
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November 2014
Official Newsletter of Babe Ruth League, Inc.
Generations of Babe Ruth Leaguers

By Babe Ruth League President/CEO Steven Tellefsen.  For over 63 years, millions of children have played under the Babe Ruth banner where many life-long memories have been made.  Babe Ruth League is an organization that is proud to teach valuable life lessons.

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Here They Are - The 2014 Scholarship Winners

Today college costs are a major challenge for most families.  It is for that reason the Babe Ruth League Scholarship Fund was established.

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What Makes a Nightmare Sports Parent and What
Makes A Great One

This is a great article written by Steve Henson that has been shared with many youth sports organizations over the past couple of years.

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The Local League - Where Fun Happens!
Have An Impact On Your Local League

As a parent, you want to make sure the main objective of your local league is to provide an educational and fun environment for the kids in your community.  In order to have an impact, consider joining the league in a leadership or other volunteer position.

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Thomas M. Mitchell, Sr.
1941 to 2014

Babe Ruth League remembers Thomas M. Mitchell, Sr., longtime friend and volunteer for the program, who passed away at the age of 73.

Tom was a strong supporter of youth sports and of providing kids with many valuable life lessons.

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The Babe Ruth World Series are as electrifying and as rich in tradition as Major League Baseball's Fall Classic.  For a listing of the sites and dates of the 2015 Babe Ruth League World Series, please Click Here.

2015 Rule Changes
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by posted 11/05/2014
Mara 7U All Stars Win State Tournament

Congratulations to the Mara 7U All Star for winning the Western NC Cal Ripken State Tournament Coached by Dave Lavendar. Good Luck in the Regionals.

by posted 07/16/2014
Map of Mara Fields

by posted 04/09/2014
Winners of the HQ4 7U Tournament

Congratulations to the 7U Mara Cobras Challenge Baseball Team for Winning the Tournament on Sunday Oct 20th

by posted 10/21/2013
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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