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 Mara Baseball Since 1956

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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 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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7U and 8U Challenge Baseball Tryouts
02/27/2020
    Due to the projected cold temperatures and the...
11U and 12U Challenge Tryouts
02/26/2020
Attention MARA MAJORS families! New dates/times for Challenge...
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...
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
 
7U and 8U Challenge Baseball Tryouts

 

 

Due to the projected cold temperatures and the high level of interest in challenge tryouts, the 7U and 8U challenge tryouts are being moved to Sunday at 1:00.  7U will still be on Field 7 and 8U will still be on Field 8.

 

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 – Sunday March 1st @ 1 pm on Field #7 (Coach Johnson)

·         8U – Sunday March 1st @ 1 pm on Field #8 (Coach Coble)


by posted 02/27/2020
11U and 12U Challenge Tryouts

Attention MARA MAJORS families!

New dates/times for Challenge tryouts

12U - Saturday 2/29 @ 5p on field 12

11U - Sunday 3/1 @ 1p on field 12

Arrive 20 minutes early to sign in and warm up

If you are interested in participating in the Challenge Program however cannot attend the tryout, contact Amy Abbott @ 704-604-8574.

 

What is Challenge Baseball?
 
Challenge Baseball is set up to provide an alternative to "travel baseball" by providing tournament experience to teams made up of players that play at the local area associations. MARA will be fielding teams for the 7U, 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, and 12U age groups (7U and 8U will be machine pitch, while 9U-12U will be kid pitch). The age is determined by the player's age as of 4/30/2020. There will be a tryout and players will have the opportunity to be selected to play on the appropriate team based on performance at tryouts and/or the coach's prior knowledge of the player's skills. Please note that the number of players that tryout at each level will directly impact the team selection process.

 

Practices - Practices are typically held on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons that the teams are not playing in a tournament.

 

Tournaments - Tournaments typically consist of Sunday Only tournaments (2 games per team), but there is also an opportunity for players/teams to participate in full weekend tournaments as well (4 games minimum per team on Sat/Sun). Over the course of the Challenge Season, the team will participate in a minimum of 3 tournaments. It is also possible for teams to participate in additional tournaments based on availability, cost and interest from parents. 

 

Cost - The cost for Challenge Baseball is $200 for players.  The cost covers uniforms (hat and jersey only) and a minimum of 3 tournaments including registration fees associated with the tournaments. Also, guaranteed field time at MARA for practices and games.  The teams are responsible for admission fees that are charged either per person, or per team by the Host Park location.  This is not a MARA fee, but a Park fee, like other local parks charge.  Typically $5 to $7 per person. 

 

Tryouts - Tryouts are mandatory

by posted 02/26/2020
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
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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