"AA" League 6-7
"AAA" League 7-8
Ages 6-8 as of April 30, 2019
Registration for Fall Machine Pitch Baseball is OPEN through August 25th
Assessments Dates and Times
MARA Machine Pitch Baseball is intended to teach baseball fundamentals in an enjoyable learning environment. Both offensive and defensive fundamentals are stressed as these basic skills lay the foundation for future development in the coming years.
Points of emphasis are:
- Hitting a pitched ball
- Base running / proper sliding technique
- Fielding grounders & pop fly(s)
- Proper throwing technique
The strength of MARA Machine Pitch is the wealth of baseball experience, and teaching abilities of the many volunteer coaches who live in the area. We are lucky to have so many knowledgeable baseball parents, and friends living in our local community.
Most importantly, MARA Machine Pitch is about learning baseball, fostering teamwork, and having fun.
- Online Registration will open through Thursday August 24th.
- Assessment Day will be on August 25th on Field #8 at Arthur Goodman Park – 1200 South Trade St. Matthews, NC 28105
- 6U - 2:00 PM on field 8
- 7U - 11:30 AM on field 8
- 8U - 9:00 AM on field 8
- Practices will begin as early as August 28th with games beginning mid-September.
- Typically play twice a week either practice or games (approximately 2 hours)
- 1 night during week Monday -Thursday (Starting at 6:00pm) and on Saturday’s (practice/game times typically start between 9 AM and 5 PM)
- Season/Playoffs should end by early to mid-November.
Several of the most frequently asked questions about Machine Pitch are answered here:
What ages play in Machine Pitch Division (AA and AAA)? Boys and girls who are 6, 7, and 8 years old as of April 30, 2018. AAA typically consists of 8 yr olds the top 7 yr olds. AA typically consists of 6 yr olds and the remaining 7 yr olds. (Note: MARA does also offer softball for girls only)
How are teams decided? There will be an assessment day to evaluate the skill level for each player. Coaches will draft players to complete rosters with 10-12 players. Parents will be notified by coaches which team and level (AA/AAA) that they have been placed on. Coaches will also communicate all scheduled games and practices as soon as a full schedule is drafted.
When does the season start? Practices will begin the Monday after assessments with games typically begin approximately 2 weeks later.
When does the season/playoffs end? Typically early to mid-November
Number of practices/games? 2-4 practices, 10-12 regular season games (with practices prior to games) and at least 2 playoff games.
When are the practices/games? Typically play twice a week. Play at 6 pm one night during the week and then Saturday at various times between 9 AM and 5 PM. There will be a 1 hour practice/warm up prior to each game. The day of the week you play games will vary due to number of teams and games being played, and the game times on Saturday will also vary.
How long are the games? Games are 6 innings or approximately 2 hours long. There will be a 1 hour practice/warm up prior to each game.
Where are the practices and games? Arthur Goodman Park, 1200 S. Trade Street, Matthews, N.C.28105 (1 mile from downtown Matthews)
When/Where do I sign up? Online registration at www.MARASports.org.
What does it cost? MARA activity fee for machine pitch is $205 in Fall, and $215 in Spring.
What uniform comes with registration? Baseball Jersey, Baseball Pants, and a major league baseball hat for the players to keep.
Can I request to have my child play on a specific team? Requests cannot be granted for machine pitch in order to have balanced and competitive teams.
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to the Machine Pitch Commissioner either AA or AAA based on the age of your child.