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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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Key Baseball Dates For Spring 2015
01/26/2015
Baseball Time Line for 2015 Sunday February 8 - Coaches Clinic...
Dick's Coupon
01/23/2015
          Matthews...
Registration Now Open for Spring Baseball
12/27/2014
Online registration is now open for our Spring Baseball Leagues ages...
Mara 7U All Stars Win State Tournament
07/16/2014
Congratulations to the Mara 7U All Star for winning the Western NC Cal...
Map of Mara Fields
04/09/2014
Winners of the HQ4 7U Tournament
10/21/2013
Congratulations to the 7U Mara Cobras Challenge Baseball Team...
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...
 
Key Baseball Dates For Spring 2015

Baseball Time Line for 2015

Sunday February 8 - Coaches Clinic Hosted by "Baseball for Life" at Weddington High School 1-4 PM
 
Saturday February 14 - Open Registration at Dick's Sporting Goods in Matthews. From 9 am to Noon.  (A portion of the money spent using the Dick's coupon goes back to MARA) Copy the link below for the coupon sheet:
http://www.mydickssportinggoods.com/crmcdn/getoffer.aspx?offer_entity_code=O21L52KG&token=FyRS2ZQr3iyyTKiTZJU-3ThFhq-tacXUgzu5DgpkRnPHT5CcvnX99-NmGu3WF0rYPEhpiu3BJKfS5wb4UQ2

 

 
Sunday February 22 - "Try It Day" for T-Ball and Machine Pitch for ages 6 and 7 from 1- pm to 4 pm
 
Sunday February 22 - Open Registration at MARA Boardroom from 1-4 PM
 
Wednesday February 25 - Registration Closed at Midnight - Those that sign up after this date will be placed on a waiting list.
 
Saturday - February 28 - Skills Assessment for Machine Pitch, Minors, and Majors - Times will be posted the week before.
 

by posted 01/26/2015
Dick's Coupon
 
 
 
 
 
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by posted 01/23/2015
Registration Now Open for Spring Baseball

Online registration is now open for our Spring Baseball Leagues ages 5-16 (players age as of April 30, 2015

T-ball 4-5 $140

Machine Pitch 6-8 $210

Minors/Majors 9-12 $260

Babe Ruth 13-16 $295

Just click on the Tab to the right or the Register Now tab on the Left Side

Questions contact your league commissioners under the Baseball Commissioners tab on the left. Their name and contact information is located there.


by posted 12/27/2014
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)
  • 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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