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 Mara Baseball Since 1956

Cal Ripken Age 4-12
Senior Little League 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 4-16 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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Home Run Derby Fundraiser
02/22/2020
Baseball Team Sponsorship - Now is the Time!
02/19/2020
MARA is Looking for Team Sponsors If you own a local business...
Assessments Dates & Times For Baseball Ages 6-12
02/19/2020
  We appreciate you choosing MARA as the place for your child...
7U and 8U Challenge Baseball Tryouts
02/04/2020
7U and 8U Challenge Baseball Tryouts Spring 2020     Description: Challenge...
9U & 10U Challenge Baseball Tryouts
01/29/2020
9U and 10U Challenge Baseball Tryouts Spring 2020     Description:...
Spring Baseball Registration Open
12/20/2019
Registration For Spring Baseball Now Open!! Ages 4-16  
MARA Middle School Select Baseball
12/12/2019
 
Home Run Derby Fundraiser


by posted 02/22/2020
Baseball Team Sponsorship - Now is the Time!

MARA is Looking for Team Sponsors

If you own a local business or work for one please consider supporting youth sports*.

Every year, when teams are determined after assessments or uniforms are handed out, we field requests from parents to sponsor their child’s team. This is too late in the process. Deadline is this Friday, February 21.

Team sponsorship is a Silver Level at $650 which includes the following for the spring season:

• Team sponsorship of spring season (name on back of jersey)

• Company name on 5’ x 3’ field sign (design & production included)

• Company supplied information in registration swag bags for baseball & softball (approx. 850)

• Name included on two (2) Sponsor Walls at complex

• Company name listed as sponsor in newsletter

• Wall plaque with spring team picture to display at place of business

• Company name listed on rotating banner on homepage of MARA website

• Hyperlink to your company's website on MARA's sponsors tab on website

• Recognition Emblem to display at place of business

 

*MARA is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization.

 

Your sponsorship will help to ensure we continue to provide an affordable recreation outlet and learning experience to our community kids. Please contact Monique Brooks, Sponsorship Director at msbrooks4@carolina.rr.com or 980-297-1308 for more information.


by posted 02/19/2020
Assessments Dates & Times For Baseball Ages 6-12

 

We appreciate you choosing MARA as the place for your child to play baseball this Spring.  We look forward to getting things started this Saturday (2/22/20) with assessments.  It is very important that your child attend assessments.  Please note the time and location of your child’s assessment below.  At the machine pitch level, we have broken down the league ages even further, using your child’s last name.  This will make for a less crowded assessment and avoid having the younger kids standing in long lines for extended periods of time.  You will need to plan to arrive at least fifteen minutes early to get your child checked in and confirm their uniform size for the season.  Please make sure that your child is assessing with their appropriate group.  League age is determined by how old your child will be on April 30, 2020.  For example, if your child is nine years old at the time of assessments, but will turn ten on April 28, 2020 they are 10U for league purposes; whereas, if your child is nine years old at the time of assessments and turns ten on May 3, 2020, they are 9U for league purposes.  If you have any questions about what your child’s league age is, please reach out to your commissioner.  In the event of inclement weather, alternative arrangements will be made for assessments.  Please continue to monitor your email for updates as assessment day approaches.

 

 

MARA Cal Ripken Baseball Assessments: 2-22-20

6U: Field 7:         A-K   10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

                            L-Z   11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

7U: Field 8:         A-H   1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

                            I-P    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

                            Q-Z    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

8U: Field 8:         A-H   10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

                            I-R    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

                            S-Z    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

9U: Field 1 – 12:00 p.m.

10U: Field 1 – 3:00 p.m.

11U: Field 12 – 1:00 p.m.

12U: Field 12 – 3:00 p.m


by posted 02/19/2020
7U and 8U Challenge Baseball Tryouts

7U and 8U Challenge Baseball Tryouts

Spring 2020

 

 

Description: Challenge Baseball is a program offered by MARA to give the recreational baseball player a chance to play additional baseball at an advanced tournament level. Challenge Baseball is not for every player playing recreational baseball, but for many it provides a great opportunity to enhance their skills. If you feel that your child is ready to move up and you are ready to make the commitment to the next level, then Challenge is the place to start. Tournaments will be played against other organizations from around the area that have selected teams through a similar process, and are typically held on Sundays. Practices will be held on Friday nights, and Sunday’s that your team is not playing in a tournament. The cost for Challenge baseball is $160. This cost includes a jersey, hat, and registration fees for three tournaments. Additional costs may be associated with playing challenge baseball such as park entry fees, and any additional tournaments that your team decides to play in excess of the three covered in your initial fee.  Please note that we are planning on fielding two teams at both the 7U and 8U level.  If you are planning on trying out, we ask that you go ahead and reach out to the coach of your child’s age group listed below.     

 

Tryouts: (Age group is determined by age player will be on 4/30/2020)

 

  • 7U – Friday, February 28th @ 6 pm on Field #7 (Coach Johnson)
  • 8U – Friday, February 28th @ 6 pm on Field #8 (Coach Coble)

 

 

For questions please also contact the appropriate challenge coach:

  • 7U Coach: Kyle Johnson ( )
  • 8U Coach: Kenny Coble ( )

 


by posted 02/04/2020
9U & 10U Challenge Baseball Tryouts

9U and 10U Challenge Baseball Tryouts

Spring 2020

 

 

Description: Challenge Baseball is a program offered by MARA to give the recreational baseball player a chance to play additional baseball at an advanced tournament level. Challenge Baseball is not for every player playing recreational baseball, but for many it provides a great opportunity to enhance their skills. If you feel that your child is ready to move up and you are ready to make the commitment to the next level, then Challenge is the place to start. Tournaments will consist of other organizations from around the area that have selected teams through a similar process, and are typically held on Sundays. Practices will be held on Friday nights, and Sunday’s that your team is not playing in a tournament. The cost for Challenge baseball is $160. This cost includes a jersey, hat, and registration fees into 3 tournaments. Additional costs may be associated with playing challenge baseball such as park entry fees, and any additional tournaments that your team decides to play in excess of the 3 covered in your initial fee.      

 

Tryouts: (Age group is determined by age player will be on 4/30/2020)

 

  • 9U – Friday, February 28th @ 6 pm on Field #1 (Coach Lorraine)
  • 10U – Friday, February 28th @ 6 pm on Field #13 (Coach Biermann)

 

 

For questions please contact the appropriate challenge coach:

  • 9U Coach: Jeff Lorraine (jlorraine@carolina.rr.com)
  • 10U Coach: Eric Biermann ( )

 

*** In Event of inclement weather/rainout the tryouts will be moved to Sunday, March 1st at 12 noon on the same fields listed above. ***


by posted 01/29/2020
Spring Baseball Registration Open

Registration For Spring Baseball Now Open!!

Ages 4-16

 


by posted 12/20/2019
MARA Middle School Select Baseball


by posted 12/12/2019
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